Peer Support Space (PSS) is here because of the labor, love, and wisdom she so graciously lent to its creation. Candidly and earnestly, we would not exist or be what we are without her. She left retirement, and spending it to write her life story, to support the creation of our collective because she believed, with an unyielding passion, in the power of peer support and saw it as "many threads in the fabric of this major change happening." She showed us how to lead with full hearts and spirits. She had an unparalleled ability to authentically care for others, even those she had never met; she impacted our lives in remarkable ways, she will be deeply missed, and forever cherished by us and all who knew her.
Eva was a visionary whose expansive compassion stretched far past any rigid, binary, or traditional constructs. She was a believer in the power of the human connection and people finding what works for them and knew that humanity is infinite, limitless in their ability to heal, support, and care for one another. Eva had the ability to hold space for anyone and she had an innate ability to empathize in ways that cannot be taught by academia or otherwise. She never shamed, she never condescended; she nurtured and she healed. She was a sage, a born healer, and a gently fierce advocate for LGBTQ+, Hispanic, Migrant communities and beyond. Peer Support Space is but one of many legacies Eva is leaving behind. In all she did, she did it with love, compassion, and humility. She worked as a counselor for counselors following the Pulse tragedy to bolster the healing of our community, she dedicated herself over the years to volunteer work for innumerable mental health and food justice initiatives, and spent a lifetime career of over 35 years as a counselor, space holder, and healer in both private practice and through various organizations. Though she would refer to herself not as a counselor, but a listener and confidant.
Eva radiated love and she had an uncanny ability to impact those she met long after their initial conversation or even those she only had brief interactions with. Truly unique, wise, empathetic in ways seldom seen in one lifetime.
We are better for having known Eva. The world is a better place for her being in it. Eva’s legacy and memory will be held firmly in our hearts as we move forward and we are resoundly committed to honoring her in all we do to cultivate spaces for that limitless humanity, healing, and connection that she believed in so fervently. You were a rare one, unforgettable, unparalleled. We love you, Eva.
Dear aunt evi- you will be missed so much! however your impact will never go away - your kindness, your big heart, and your sweet laugh and your wonderful hugs will be remembered forever. rest in peace sweet Evi
-The Bibeau’s in miami