Liz Ainsworth 19 Aug 1964 – 7 Aug 2018
LIZ Ainsworth wanted to be in television from the time she was 13. When she was old enough to work she pestered GMV 6 with phone calls and letters until they gave her a job.
She started as a secretary before moving to copywriting, thus beginning her dealings with businesses throughout Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley. A couple of years later she snaffled a job as a news camera operator with Channel 7 in London and spent three months travelling all over England and parts of the continent covering news and sport.
Just before returning to Australia Liz developed Addison’s Disease and was seriously ill for several weeks. In typical Liz fashion she bounced back and for the rest of her life was on steroid replacement therapy. This was something that just had to be managed and she never allowed it to impact her lifestyle.
Liz married Garry in December 1987 and had five children, Adam, who passed away just after birth, Matthew, Alexander, Isobella and Xavier. She adored her kids and was the best mum, going to all their events, sporting activities, school plays, graduations and assemblies. She loved holidays with the kids, from Benalla to Singapore and beyond, everyone had to be together.
In 1995 she backed herself and started her own business, L.A. Vision, producing television commercials and corporate videos, and advising clients on media strategies. She was the ultimate professional when it came to her business and image and she soon had clients stretching from Shepparton to Melbourne to Sydney and beyond. Local businesses knew she was the person to go to if you wanted it done right and with the right advice.
Liz was also a great friend, guaranteed to bring a party to life and always there when she was needed. Somehow she managed to squeeze in a great social life between business and family. In later years she started ‘The Old Coffee Beans’ bringing all her friends together for a weekly catch up over coffee.
Liz believed in the local community, she was heavily involved in Suzanna Sheed’s election campaign and also the ‘Merry Moos’ campaign, and was a great supporter of The Community Fund Goulburn Valley, Connect GV, The Lighthouse Project and The Haven. She gave scholarships, donated time and expertise, and gave them all 110 percent effort.
After she developed breast cancer she spoke at Pink Ribbon Brunches in Shepparton and Mooroopna but never let the disease rule her life, continuing to work and live as if she wasn’t ill. She continued to work right up until the Friday before she died and could still crack a smile until the end.