Ann Marie Floch – Mentoring and Support

“I’ve had to sit on my fear levels and shyness.”

[When we first went to Odyssey,] I found myself sitting there and feeling shamed that I hadn’t come out years earlier, especially in the next few months as things progressed and more of the kids told their story. Oh God, I don’t think I’ve ever felt such guilt in my life, because, by being closeted, some of those kids never had a chance.

If it hadn’t been for Len [Mace] and Ramon [Alvarez],[1] I’m not sure I would be as active as I am. I have a great deal of difficulty saying no to those two, because what they’re asking is usually something that the kids need to see adults do. So, I’ve had to sit on my fear levels and shyness, and go do what they need to have done because of that.


[1]Len Mace was the pastor at EMCC church; Ramon Alvarez was the director of Odyssey Youth Center.


Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson on 13 December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.