I met Rowena in 2001 after I read about the Australian Ghost Hunters Society in my local newspaper. I'd moved to Australia from Canada and was really looking for something I could get involved with over here and the AGHS and "ghost hunting" really caught my attention. I joined Rowena's discussion group and right away I found her to be welcoming, thoughtful, intelligent and very, very funny. When the AGHS was scaled down, I had the honour to be chosen by Rowena as one of the core members of the new group. On my first investigation with the AGHS at Monte Cristo I met Rowena for the first time in person and I discovered what a professional she really was. Over the years as I got to know Rowena, I feel that her main concern for the AGHS was that we be taken seriously. She struggled as a woman in a field dominated by men, and in the end, I believe she succeeded by the recognition she received, and still does receive, in paranormal research circles. Her work with Castle of Spirits and the Australian Ghost Hunters Society is appreciated indeed.
On a personal level, Rowena was a true friend to me. A very considerate person by nature, on a number of occasion she drove two hours from one end of Melbourne to the other to visit me after my son was born. As I don't drive, she also gave me a lift to every investigation we conducted together, and I really appreciated that. In short, Rowena was the type of person who would go out of her way for people simply because she was nice.
We kept in touch on a weekly, if not daily basis though email for nearly seven years. On too many occasions to count Rowena's emails had me in tears with her razor sharp wit. She could find the humorous side to everything and anything, and I really miss those emails. I wish I'd told her when I had the chance how much she and her friendship meant to me.
Whether she knew it or not, Rowena made a monumental impact on my life and she is missed terribly. I am grateful though, that her legacy lives on in the Castle of Spirits and the AGHS. I think she would be pleased with that fact also!
Ronalee Kodric – firstname.lastname@example.org – AGHS