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NCIL Mourns the Passing of Jamey George

Dear friends and colleagues,

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingIt is with a heavy heart that we write to inform you of the passing of Jamey George. Jamey was the founder and longtime Executive Director of the Freedom Center for Independent Living in Maryland, a dedicated two-time member of NCIL’s Governing Board, and a past member of the Maryland SILC. Jamey passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Read Jamey’s complete obituary.

Sarah Sorenson, fellow Marylander and Executive Director of Independence Now, said of Jamey: “Jamey believed in and fought for independent living for absolutely everyone. She was incredibly proud of founding and directing The Freedom Center, a vibrant and active CIL in Central Maryland. She felt CILs could do anything and do it better than anyone else! She was solidly loyal to this movement. At many meetings, when the chips were down, I was proud she was on our side. This is such a loss for Maryland and the Independent Living movement at large.” 

The Independent Living Movement has lost a truly passionate and committed advocate and friend. Jamey was a strong leader who dedicated her life to fighting for disability rights. She was kind, funny, and a fierce advocate who always found ways to keep people informed and engaged with disability advocacy efforts in Maryland and nationally. Jamey will be missed dearly by the whole NCIL community, and we would like to express our condolences to her family and friends during this time.

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