It’s with a very heavy heart that we say a fond farewell to our friend Marcia Ramsay, who died this week following a very courageous battle with breast cancer.

Those of you who have been involved in independent advocacy for a long time will recognise the major role Marcia played in getting things to the point we’re at today. She was passionate about helping people to have their voices heard and their rights protected. Marcia managed Fife Advocacy Project before taking on the role as Director of Advocacy 2000 which was the forerunner to SIAA. Marcia continued to champion people’s rights and independent advocacy in her work with Alzheimer Scotland and the Care Inspectorate.

Marcia inspired and empowered many people, she had a kind word for everyone and was very generous in sharing her time, skills, and ideas with others. She had a strategic mind and a real knack of getting to the heart of the matter, helping people to understand complex issues and work towards a common goal.

She will be greatly missed by many.

The funeral date has not yet been finalised. Please email Charlotte if you would like to be updated when we know more or have any messages to pass on to Marcia’s family.

Karen Irvine and Charlotte Lee –

SIAA staff and board members are very sad to hear about the news of Marcia Ramsay passing away. Marcia’s contribution to the independent advocacy movement was significant, we would like to pay tribute to the huge impact this had on all those that have been and will be, supported to have their voices heard and rights upheld by independent advocates across Scotland. Everyone at SIAA wish to send their sympathies to Marcia’s family and friends, at this difficult time.

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