Oncology Social Worker, Elizabeth Currey, has been a member of the Center for Women since she moved to Charleston in 1998. Her inspiration to join the Center came from her mother, Barbara Currey, who was one of the original board members. Her career was also a contributor, as the center gave her a place to send her patients when they were going through a variety of situations.
When she’s not busy spending time with patients, she enjoys embracing her passion – running – which she didn’t discover until after both of her children were born. She also enjoys spending time on the beach, building sandcastles with her children and exploring nature. And, ironically enough, she LOVES mowing lawns and picking weeds!
Currey claims that through the Center for Women she was able to create both personal and professional relationships that she will maintain for life. “Although many of us came from different backgrounds, lived in different areas of Charleston, we all had/have a common goal which made race, socioeconomic status, etc invisible.” The organization allows her to connect with others who are both different and alike, as well as help her achieve peace of mind when she refers her patients.
As a youngest of three girls, she has always been proud to be a woman. She says she has three of the strongest women (her two sisters – Nancy and Kathleen – and her mother) that she can count on to help pull her up out of the quicksand.
So what does strong, professional Elizabeth Currey have to say to women are trying to deal with the current economy:
Hang in there and stay strong and confident in yourself. Don’t let anyone, male or female, intimidate you. Lead with compassion, honor and respect. Find your inner peace and what makes your creative energy flow, THIS is when you will be more productive and succeed. Trying to achieve goals to get ahead and/or gain in a monetary way does not foster harmony. Go with your passion, the rest will come. Stay away from toxic people who bring you down. If you need therapy, get it. C4W can refer you! Breathe and take in nature because often success in this economy is just getting from paycheck to paycheck.