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Azana Salon and Spa Family Are Brookfield Patch's People Of the Year

For their courage and strength they have shown all of us as they deal with the tragic event that unfolded at their home in October.

Courage. 

They displayed in the horrific moments of that morning, when gunfire rang out, bullets hurdled past then and death was near. 

They showed it in front of the throng of media during the hours, days and weeks afterward and as they comforted each other through this unimaginable ordeal and mind-bending sadness.

They mustered it when they reopened their place of work, telling the world that love and compassion and not fear nor hate conquers all.  

Courage.

If anyone, anywhere ever needs an example of it, they can find it in this strong and close group of hair stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists and estheticians.  

As a result, we at the Brookfield Patch has named the family of Azana Salon and Spa the people of the year for 2012. 

This family includes Zina Haughton, Cary Robuck and Maelyn Lind, who lost their lives and all of those injured - both physically and emotionally - during the tragedy in October. We also honor their family members who continue to bear the sadness of their loss and the horrors of that event.  

It also includes Tami Gemmell, the owner of Azana Salon and Spa and the matriarch of this family, for the way she comforts and guides her staff and the community as she herself continues to grieve and rebuild her business. 

It includes the employees and clients who were either there that day or had the courage to go back after the salon and spa after it reopened. And, let's not forget the greater salon community, for their support and strength they shown to those that were effected by the tragedy. 

C.B. January 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM
how about recognition for the brave police who were first on the scene and helped the non-fatalities and secured the gunman in the building???
Jill January 10, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I could not be MORE proud to be associated with such an amazing, loving place of employment!!!!!!!! Not only are these the strongest woman I know, but talented beyond belief. .
KC January 10, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Thanks to everyone who has helped us in this tragedy! I love my Azana family!
Tami Gemmell January 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM
I am so proud to have the honor of working alongside each & every one of my employees. Thank you to our salon community, clients, families & friends that rallied around us during this incredibly difficult time. The rebuilding of our refuge was and is a team effort. I know our 3 "diamonds in the sky" are looking down on us with pride!
Patricia January 11, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I want to thank my Co-Workers and the Community for all coming together as we all struggle to hurdle over this horrible incident that took place in our home and work place, We have 3 beautiful Angels watching over us all now and they are indeed real Gems to us, They are our Diamonds in the Sky. Love you girls all so much and I will see you when I get back in the early spring/Summer.

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