Katrina Smith – a tribute

Katrina Smith – a tribute

ELCAP was saddened to learn of the passing of Katrina Smith, who died on 16 July 2022, after a short illness, at the age of 74.

For almost 20 years, Katrina was a loved and well-respected member of the ELCAP team.  She joined our charity in 1994 as a relief Support Worker.  The following year, she secured an acting-up role as a Senior Support Worker.

Like a number of staff in ELCAP’s early years, Katrina was employed by Lothian Health Board, where she worked as a nurse in the Hopetoun Unit.  In 1997, she transferred her employment to ELCAP and her post as a Senior Support Worker became permanent.

Katrina later secured promotion to the position of Service Manager, initially in Port Seton, then in ELCAP’s breaks from caring service at Bridge Street, Tranent.  Katrina’s role at Bridge Street was made permanent in 2002.

In 2009, Katrina’s role changed to Locality Manager.  In 2012, Katrina shared her intention to retire and she began a phased reduction in hours in 2013, before her retirement in September that year.

ELCAP Finance Officer, Heather O’Reilly, gave the following tribute to her late colleague:

“Katrina was a very strong-minded lady and was never afraid to voice her opinion if she felt something was wrong.  She would challenge colleagues on many occasions, but only with good intent and never with any malice.

Katrina would often say ‘oh really?’  When that came out, you knew that she definitely didn’t agree with someone or something.

Katrina didn’t drive, so she would wheel her laptop and everything else in a trolley case.  It almost looked as if she was going to catch a flight on occasions.

Being strong didn’t mean what Katrina wasn’t caring.  Once she got to know you and you showed your worth, you couldn’t have met a kinder, more caring person who would always have your back and was a friend for life.”

Remembering Katrina, ELCAP’s Registered Manager, Karen Cowe, said:

“Katrina was an enrolled nurse working night shift in the Hopetoun Unit when I first met her.  I always liked taking over a shift from Katrina because she was always organised and everyone was well looked after.

Katrina was direct and honest and said how she felt, but she did this with compassion and took people’s feelings into consideration.  She stood up for the underdog and hated to see people being treated unfairly.  She was loved by the individuals she supported and always went the extra mile to ensure they received the care and support they deserved.

Katrina had an amazing sense of humour and was brilliant to get along with.  I enjoyed working with her and benefited from the sound advice she always gave.”

Several ELCAP colleagues paid their respects to Katrina when they attended her funeral at Seafield Crematorium on 4 August 2022.

Our thoughts are with Katrina’s family and friends at this sad time.