Roana Roach, CPD,Training, Consultancy & Advice Manager, Coram BAAF, Adoption and Fostering Academy.
We are very sad to have to say that our much loved and esteemed colleague Roana Roach has passed away. Roana had a long-standing illness which she had fought with some success over many months, but a recent recurrence was just too much for her. Roana leaves behind her husband Winston and her two young-adult sons and a wide range of other family members, including her mother.
Roana began her employment with BAAF many years ago as a trainer/consultant. She excelled at her job with a high level of expertise, commitment, integrity and professionalism. This included delivering a wide range of professional training and practice development events and responding to calls to our advice line. Roana was part of the team that trialled a newly developed intervention called ‘KEEP’, which focused on the development of the skills and knowledge of foster carers. The progamme was originally developed by the Oregon Social Learning Centre in the USA. Roana also was a central figure in supporting CoramBAAF black workers’ groups and her deep understanding of the issues they continuously raised.
Roana moved with us to Coram in 2015 and was key to settling the training team into the new environment . She was appointed to her senior position in leading the training and advice team. As such, she earned huge respect for her approach to the many challenges as the sector as a whole was faced by the austerity applied to public policy.
We will never forget Roana. She influenced us all. She had that ability to give you a ‘virtual hug’ every time she entered a room. Goodbye is upsetting but our memory of her will live on.