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Jennifer Cooke, Community Contributor

It’s been almost 30 years since a young Jennifer Cooke found a job placement in our community that gave her a sense of pride and importance amongst her peers. Under minimal supervision Jennifer found a way of ripping old clothes apart and cutting them into rags and helping the Salvation Army Thrift Store earn money from it.

Many of our local garages would buy up large garbage bags full of rags to help with their cleanup of greasy equipment and tools in their workplace. Jennifer is absolutely a “rag cutting expert” in our community. She has and continues to do this job with expertise like I have never witnessed. She has taken the skill and volunteers also at the Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church Thrift Store every Tuesday where they too support and encourage Jennifer’s skill and sell large garbage bags of rags to local garages.

I spoke to Jane Forrest (long time employee of the Salvation Army) and Linda Boldt (organizer at the Trinity-St. Andrew’s Thrift Store) about Jennifer’s contributions to both the stores and both ladies highly praised Jen’s abilities, her sense of pride and commitment and how they admire these qualities in Jen.

Jennifer has been a fountain of information for them at their store as far back as they can remember. They admire how many friends Jen has made volunteering, how she remembers everyone’s name and the birthdays of the staff. She is caring and compassionate in all aspects of her life.

Jane is quoted as saying “her sense of humour, laugh and wealth of knowledge is refreshing”.

Congratulations Jen! Job well done!

Written by Ruth Karras

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