Honoring the Life of Linda Osmundsonby Representative David W. Jolly
Posted on 2016-01-06
JOLLY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. JOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember a survivor, a
leader, and a compassionate woman who dedicated her life to making the
Pinellas County community and the State of Florida safer. Mr. Speaker,
I rise today to honor the life of Linda Osmundson, who passed away this
Monday at the age of 66.
A longtime activist against domestic violence and a survivor herself, Linda was best known as the director of Community Action Stops Abuse, or CASA, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Linda served as head of CASA for 26 years before retiring this past summer. Before that, she guided programs in both Gainesville and West Palm Beach. Under Linda's leadership, CASA grew from a staff of 7 working out of a small home to over 80 employees with a 100-bed facility.
Linda started a first-of-its-kind substance abuse program for victims. In addition, she worked with law enforcement, who are now properly trained on dealing with domestic violence. She cofounded a program to secure pardons for victims of domestic violence convicted for defending themselves. For that, she earned the Governor's Peace at Home Award.
Mr. Speaker, Linda Osmundson leaves a legacy that will not be forgotten. She was a quiet hero in our community, and her life's work undeniably saved thousands of lives and made Florida a safer place. For that, we are grateful.