Sara blog2013 picBy Sara

If there was one thing that surprised me about social work, it was the strong sense of community. Everyone in the GCSW and the social work profession are strongly bound by our values, morals, and dedication to service. I have never felt so embraced by any group of people before, so this has been a welcome surprise. Every social worker I have met, at the GCSW and beyond, is filled with so much passion and is intrinsically supportive. We help each other, learn from each other, enjoy each other’s company, celebrate each other’s success and support each other in times of need. This is a true community. I met someone the other day who said “social workers are my favorite people”. I feel the same way.

This is why it is particularly difficult to hear about a member of our community who has experienced a great loss. Dominique Fariza Buerkett, a 2007 graduate from the GCSW, lost her mother, Myrta Fariza, on July 28th after a train accident in Sanitago De Compostel, Spain. Myrta greatly affected others every day as a juvenile probation worker for Harris County and an instructor for ESCAPE Family Resource Center. With her caring demeanor, she made everyone she knew feel like family. Her giving, compassionate, loving spirit will live on through everyone she has inspired.

To lose someone so remarkable in an accident is a true tragedy. Although the investigation has not been concluded, the accident raises important safety questions. Innately, as a social work student I feel it is necessary to advocate for change. I hope for even a small improvement to ensure a tragedy like this does not happen again. I predict social work communities all over the world will be a part of the conversation.

More information and how to help:

A fundraiser will be held for the Fariza Family August 17, 2013 at Scooter’s, 1134 N. Main St. Pearland, TX 77581 11a.m. to 4 p.m. : https://www.facebook.com/events/563225817050015/

www.change.org/petitions/worldwide-public-transportation-safety

https://www.facebook.com/hopeformyrta

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Clear-Lake-woman-in-Spain-train-crash-dies-4692380.php

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