As it goes when you’ve lived a life of so many years, you have the experience of babies birthed, graduations, weddings, divorces, promotions, new opportunities, and even death. Each, in its own way, is cause for celebration – for what is, what was or what can be.
On December 1, this industry lost a true champion and I lost a trusted colleague and friend. Christine Gordon was so many things to so many people – a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother, a companion, a friend. She owned and operated a beauty school, was President of American Association of Cosmetology Schools, and was a founding member of Beauty Changes Lives and the Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition. She was CIDESCO trained and a licensed Esthetician. Christine was a champion of students in the beauty and wellness fields of study and battled for them regularly on Capitol Hill. She was my morning phone call most days of the week. She was my friend.
Christine was able to make each person she spoke to feel like the most important person in the room. She listened with intent and gently guided you to her position in any discussion. She had the class of a princess and the courage of a farm girl from Kansas.
There is never an easy way to say goodbye, never a time that makes it easier than another. When loss comes suddenly, it can be emotionally crippling. But, as it goes, after every storm is a rainbow, after every night is the day. For those of us left behind, it is our job to celebrate the lives passed.
And so, this weekend, I will no doubt shed tears with my colleagues as we pay respects and show our support to Christine’s family. I will also celebrate the life that shined so brightly in this world. Whether you knew Christine personally or not, if you are a licensed beauty professional, your life is better because Christine Gordon fought for you and your profession. I hope you’ll celebrate her life with me.
In memory of Christine Gordon, 1951-2016
Photo: Sandra Bruce
Sandra Bruce is currently the General Manager of Milady, a division of Cengage Learning, Inc., located in Clifton Park, New York, USA. Sandra has managed all facets of the Milady business including product development, marketing, business development, and international strategies for more than 12 years. Currently, Sandra is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Milady’s overall business. Holding various roles within Cengage Learning since 1995, Sandra is always striving to deliver innovative solutions to customers in both the academic and professional markets. Sandra has represented Milady on a variety of national and international association boards and committees:
□ American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS)
□ Cosmetology Educators Association (CEA)
□ National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC)
□ National Accrediting Council of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS)
□ International Cosmetology Licensing Organization (ICLO)
□ National Association of Barber Boards of America (NABBA)
□ Barbers International
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Economics (BSBME) from the State University of New York Empire State College.
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