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September 29, 1970 – June 27, 2021
Thank you to Sandy Martin for writing the following tribute to Jenelle.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jenelle Cooper. Jenelle had a life-long, life-altering illness and she made a choice to hold that privately. She moved forward in her life with strength and fortitude and enthusiasm. She is now at peace. Jenelle is survived by her family in Australia; parents Noel and Dawn, brother Paul and sister-in-law, Jo. There are also many friends here on Galiano and throughout the Gulf Islands, Victoria and Vancouver who will miss her friendship, her kindness, her relentless energy and her generosity with both her time and her extensive skills and abilities.
Jenelle arrived on Galiano in 2010 as nurse and manager at the newly opened Looking Glass Foundation Woodstone Residence. She had left a nursing position in Victoria to take on this new employment. While her tenure there was brief, Jenelle had fallen in love with Galiano and decided to build a life here. And what a life she built!
Jenelle was a valued member of many groups on the island including the Health Care Society and RestQ. She was a home visitor and companion for one of the island’s elders. Vet clinic receptionist. Feral cat feeder at feeding stations twice a day. Tuesday Walk and Talk leader. Grant writer. Columnist regarding animal care in the Active Page.
As well, Jenelle was a crucial member of the Southern Gulf Islands Emergency Preparedness team and the lead member for Galiano Island. She had very recently accepted a promotion within this organization which relied on her dedication and her commitment to keeping our islands and communities prepared for any crisis or emergency.
Jenelle was a devoted animal advocate. While she gave well-loved lives to her own cat and dog family she was also always available to help in any animal crisis whether it was pet or wildlife. She never turned away when she was needed. I remember one day I saw a deer suffering on the side of the road that had obviously been hit by a vehicle. I called her and she arranged for someone to come and put the deer out of its misery. While I sat with the deer, Jenelle arrived to wait with me. Another time, a deer had been hit on Sturdies Bay Road just south of Burrill. The two distraught young men who had hit the deer were given Jenelle’s contact info. She met them at the site and sat with the deer, knowing its last breaths were near. She was willing and able to give comfort and care to any animal, anywhere and anytime.
Jenelle was fierce. Her love was big and knew no bounds. She was strongly independent and a loyal friend. She was complex and intelligent. She was also a private woman who understood the value of alone time in her beautiful home with her four-legged family.
Jenelle will be greatly missed. Her death is a real loss to our community. Her reach was deep and many will be shaken by her absence. Jenelle was one of those really fine people. One of those really good people
Rest in peace Jenelle. You were much loved.
A memorial service will be held on Galiano in the fall.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Broken Promises Animal Rescue in Victoria. They are a registered charity #81205 6208 RR0001.