Leslie Diamond is a director of the Diamond Foundation, a founding member of the United Way’s Women in Philanthropy, a member of BC Women’s Hospital Council of Governors, and Women Moving Millions.
You would think by now at my age I would have all the answers. I do not!!
Somehow I have made it through an absolutely crazy upbringing, family addiction, breast cancer, another cancer scare, the loss of a child, and my greatest feat of all is still being married and in love (most of the time) for over 60 years.
How I have coped is mostly due to the fact that I only live in the now. My motto is that “this too shall pass” and it does. Leaving behind the tools to cope with whatever life brings me next. Although you never get over losing a child, it just finds its place. I am in the last chapter of my life and looking back have accomplished so much.
I came to Vancouver as a young bride from Beverly Hills, California, and I still have trouble with all this rain – but love our city.
I have volunteered with many charities working from the bottom up calling it volunteer employment. I now serve on numerous boards. I have learned so much from doing this. I received the Order of British Columbia a couple of years ago and I am very proud of the honour.
As I have aged, I realize that what matters is family. I am happiest in the kitchen making dinner for all my grandkids, great-grandkids, and my daughters and their husbands. Nothing could be better.
Try to enjoy every day which may be very difficult during this time. But “this too shall pass”.
– Leslie Diamond