I am saying my official goodbyes to my role heading the museum on this magnificent island of Norrbyskär.
I am truly grateful to have been entrusted to manage this important cultural heritage that is a symbolic cornerstone in the welfare state the we enjoy in Sweden today. The saw-milling era at its prime in the 20s – 50s brought with it major changes- productivity, job creation, export opportunities and economic gain.
Every journey one embarks upon will leave a trail. This one is mine.
I have learned to appreciate even more so the benefits previous generations have paid the price for -controlled working hours and conditions, more favourable womens rights, childrens right to an education and controlled use of chemicals in industry.
I have explored cultural avenues that I would have never dreamed of taking.
I have stood before crowds of visitors and taken tours in a language that is not my mother tongue.
I have made friends from all walks of life.
I have worked hard.
I have laughed.
I have cried.
A little piece of Norrbyskär always in my heart.
I move on to continue working with women in Zambia with the vision of making a difference in their lives through Yawama of Sweden.