Debbie Cooper Tyke Jamboree

Debbie Cooper

By Cheryl Brown 

The annual Juan De Fuca (JDF) Debbie Cooper Tyke Jamboree was held today at the JDF outdoor lacrosse box. Debbie was the much- loved volunteer who passed away suddenly in November of 2009.

She was the queen of multi tasking and held many roles within the JDF Lacrosse Association and the JDF Grizzlies Hockey Association. Her service filled the Q-Centre (then known as Bear Mountain Arena) to capacity. I had the pleasure of attending her memorial where all lovingly remembered the volunteer extraordinaire and beautiful person that she was. Debbie would be thrilled that the association is carrying on the jamboree that she founded and considered to be “her baby”.

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Photo by Jenal Coakley

Jamboree coordinator and JDF Lacrosse Vice President Jenal Coakley loves this event. This is her third year in the head organizer role and the first where she does not have any of her own children involved as players. While she never had the pleasure of knowing Debbie on a personal basis she was very honoured last year to be awarded the Debbie Cooper Manager of the Year award at the associations AGM. Jenal does however remember Debbie “being the smiling face that welcomed us to lacrosse 7years ago.” She was everywhere, always laughing and smiling”. “Continuing on her Tyke Jamboree and seeing the smiling faces I understand why Debbie worked as hard as she did for lacrosse”. “Both of my boys have attended the Debbie Cooper Jamboree and its those moments with their team that bond them and make them want to come back to play lacrosse year after year.

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Photo by Jenal Coakley

The Tyke Jamboree is an in house free mini tournament for all of the tyke teams. The focus is fun and everyone is a winner. All players receive a t-shirt, cake, and medal. There is also some water balloon fun for all! The smiles on the faces of the participants prove that this years jamboree what a huge success.

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