It is with profound sadness that I write to let you know that Joanne Lecky, our friend and colleague, passed away on Thursday, July 2nd, following a year-long battle with cancer.
Joanne began her library career at ICBC, before moving to the law firm world. Her first legal library position was at Bull Housser Tupper as a Reference Librarian for 4 ½ years, followed by the position of Manager of Library & Information Services at Singleton Urquhart. In 2008, she moved to McCarthy Tétrault, first as the Director, Library Systems & Training and then as the Director, e-Library Technology. In these roles, she honed her legal and business reference skills, her project management skills as well as her leadership skills.
During her time at McCarthy’s, Joanne progressed from managing a small, regional library to directing a cross-functional, integrated national team, streamlining and centralizing Library training, technology, and technical services to develop new workflow processes and provide highly functional, vital library services to the firm.
She took on leadership roles within the Vancouver Management team and always looked for inspiring and creative opportunities to unite support services with firm strategy. Joanne was not one for the status quo; she was always looking for new and better ways to provide services, training, and information resources. Her passion and drive to innovate, her leadership skills, and her “get it done” attitude made her a dynamic and fun person to work with; change and forward movement were a certainty when Joanne was involved in a project.
Joanne was a VALL member for a number of years, serving as the Program Coordinator in 2002-2003, followed by the positions of President and Past-President. She was a sessional lecturer at UBC for several years, teaching the Advanced Legal Research course in the Faculty of Law.
Jo’s vibrant personality, her fun-loving nature and her energy were always apparent and brought her many good friends. She kept very busy outside of work, enjoying cooking, travel, running and keeping fit. Jo was an avid gardener and this love of plants and flowers led her to become a Master Gardener.
Joanne was devoted to her husband and partner Adam, and to their dog Ollie. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed.
A service celebrating Joanne's life will be held on Tuesday, July 7th at 6pm in The VanDusen Botanical Garden's Visitor Centre Great Hall. In lieu of flowers, Joanne’s family ask that you plant something in Joanne's memory and let your loved ones know what they mean to you.