A beloved friend, colleague and activist.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved colleague Sylvie Cordier.
Sylvie was a part of the ADD family for over 11 years and worked across various roles including in our programme, learning, research, safeguarding and gender teams.
It is hard to find the words to do justice to the life force Sylvie was.
She filled every room with colour, passion, energy, laughter and stories. She cared deeply. She worked tirelessly. She asked the difficult questions, the questions that challenged us to think deeper, to further push the boundaries of inclusion. She was unrelenting, resilient, and courageous. Disabled people in the countries where we work face many challenges. As a person with disabilities herself, Sylvie was a resolute, firestorm activist for equality. She represented and advocated with heart, courage, and intellect but always leaving you with a smile on your face.
In particular, Sylvie’s heart is indelibly imprinted on our gender inclusion work. Sylvie battled relentlessly to make sure women with disabilities had a seat at every table she could. She spoke truth to power at every opportunity and would not let the voices of disabled women be forgotten.
Sylvie was not just a colleague. She was a treasured friend. An ADD family member.
She gave so much to our organisation and the global disability movement. Countless lives are richer for her advocacy. The lives of future generations will be carried further forward on the tides of change Sylvie helped set in motion. And those of us honoured to work alongside her, will carry the legacy of her character and spirit, in our hearts, applying the lessons she taught us everywhere we travel. We will forever be inspired by her boldness, her passion, her care, her courage to speak her mind and speak her truth, to be open and brave, to live by her values and defend her values to the end.
Everyone at ADD extends their love and thoughts to Sylvie’s family whom she loved and treasured so fiercely.
Knowing Sylvie has been a gift to us all. We shall carry her in our hearts always.
Rest in peace and power, dear Sylvie.