Dawn and I have known each other for about seven years - having met professionally in a rural town in Colorado. Dawn was an Executive Director for a nonprofit and I was the Case Manager at a juvenile detention center. We met while working to bring services to the youth.
Our friendship grew from a shared love of laughter; knitting; reading; creating safe spaces for youth, LGBTQ folks, and victims/survivors of sexual assault; and hiking in the desert with high heels (we didn't actually wear the high heels!).
We enjoyed an epic road trip from Colorado to Toronto (yep, the city in Canada) to Indiana then back to Colorado. Dawn made being in the car for 24 hours straight fun and entertaining with just the right number of pit stops.
Dawn is an amazing person who brings bright and shiny joy wherever she goes. You will be thankful you've had the opportunity to meet and/or spend time with her, I promise!