Wendy Kool (1946-2017)

Wendy Kool (1946-2017)

Hello, everyone. Some very sad news to pass along.

Wendy Kool, the woman who started me on this milkbag path — who started so many of us on our milkbag paths — has passed away. Such a wonderful mentor and teacher, with humour and patience — I’m in my 60s but I consider her a role model to aspire to.

Her obituary can be found here:

http://capitalmemorial.sharingmemories.ca/site/WendyFaithKool.html?s=40

and comments can be found here:

http://capitalmemorial.sharingmemories.ca/site/WendyFaithKool.html?s=40

Many of us found Wendy by way of a newspaper article — she became a tireless promoter of the Milkbag Project. The one I’d read was from August 2010 in the EMC Barrhaven (just found my first email to her). It’s no longer available … but here’s one from 2011, which is a pretty nice little introduction to Wendy:

https://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/3799898-students-collect-25-000-milk-bags-for-haiti/

Of those 4 schools mentioned, Mary Honeywell E.S. still provides us with bags, sorted into sets of 25 — just as Wendy had shown them. That legacy expanded, when some of those teachers went to the new Half Moon Bay school, also here in Barrhaven.

I invite you to leave your comments here as well, especially stories about how you first met Wendy. If you have links to website pages, please feel free to share them here as well. To display comments, click on `Comments’ in the titleblock area.

Wendy had so many interests, was involved with so many different groups and activities. We have been so fortunate that we could share one of them with her.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Colette Eveillard on April 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I first heard about Wendy’s milk bag collection initiative to help Haïti through my daughter who was teaching at Farley Mowat Public School several years ago. In the aftermath of the devastating hardships Haïtiens had been enduring due hurricanes and a massive earthquake, I couldn’t help myself but be moved by someone who, many miles away from this Third World country, would selflessly want to help the citizens of my husband’s native country.

    I immediately got in touch with Wendy to find out how I could help. Wendy agreed to come to the school where I was teaching at that time, Mary Honeywell Elementary School, and give a presentation about her project to the students and staff there. She came with pictures, completed mats, explained how the bugs did not like the plastic from which they were made and showed the students how it was possible to cut a milk bag into a VERY long piece that could then be used to crochet these make shift beds for children and their families often forced to sleep on the bare ground. Her presentation was so compelling that everyone at my school were immediately hooked.

    Families began to save their milk bags and drop them off in a collection bin. Many also urged relatives and friends to save their bags too. At first, classrooms would sign up to flatten, sort and fold the bags to make sets of 25. This made it quicker to count the bags collected each month. Wendy kept us informed as to our monthly totals which seemed to help motivate the students to bring in even more bags the following month. Later, our school was fortunate enough to recruit the invaluable help of a wonderful volunteer, Mrs Richardson, who helped supervise groups of students, from various classrooms, who volunteered to help out at recesses. Everyone was always so focused on their tasks. It was truly an amazing sight to see all of these “worker bees”!

    Although I no longer work at Mary Honeywell Elementary School, I am very happy that this initiative continues on, and I hope that it will continue for many more years to come. It is a true legacy to it’s pioneer, Wendy Kool.

    Here’s a link to the article that appeared in the local newspaper when Mary Honeywell E.S. became involvement in this project:
    https://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/community-story/3814168-mary-honeywell-aims-to-help-out-haitians/

    I will be forever grateful to have had the good fortune to have met Wendy and, through her initiative, helped students learn to be global and caring citizens.

    Colette Eveillard

    Reply

    • What a wonderful story, Mme Eveillard! And thank you so much for adding that link. I’ve checked it out and will also add it to the list in the main post about Wendy. Thank you!

      Reply

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