JENKINS, Heather Lynn - (August 1, 1974 - January 9, 2018) -
Beloved daughter of Maria and Phil Jenkins of Fonthill and beloved sister of Trevor Jenkins of Savannah, Georgia, sadly passed away suddenly at her home in Montreal on January 9th, 2018.
Heather was a beautiful person in every respect throughout her life, she was gentle and kind, had a quiet confidence and intelligence which led her to take a thoughtful interest in the world around her from a very early age.
She was at ease with others irrespective of their age, ethnicity, creed or gender, particularly those who were disabled or distressed. She would be respectful and caring, and with her endearing smile, would put them equally at ease, and the people who got to know her will always remember her. Heather's dedication to helping others was earmarked at Graduation from E.L. Crossley when she was presented their award for outstanding extra-curricular involvement.
She had her sights set on genetic counselling as a career and subsequently graduated from the University of Western Ontario in Honor’s Genetics and French. During her time at UWO she continued volunteering on campus and also in the community at the London Health Sciences Centre and the London Sexual Assault Centre on a regular basis. She was then successful in obtaining a position at McGill University, Montreal in their four year Masters course for Genetic Counselling but unfortunately her health started to deteriorate, to the extent that after two years she had to drop out of the course.
She settled in Montreal, completely fluent in French and fortunate to be approached by an Ontario Organic Food Distributor intent on expanding their business into Quebec, needing all their labeling and documentation translated. It was a perfect situation for Heather at that time, an introduction to the commercial world in a growing industry.
Since entering the industry Heather has still been able to volunteer in major disasters, in 2010 she organized a shipping container packed with over 100 tents for Haiti to aid refugees made homeless from the severe earthquake. In the winter of 2010-2011 she volunteered her help to the Syrian community in Montreal to collect and ship warm clothing to refugee camps in their home land.
Sadly, after twelve years and two employers, Heather finally opened her own business in December 2017 distributing Inuit herbal tea. Gone too soon and we will miss her forever.
A private cremation took place at Notre Dame Des Neiges cemetery on January 16th, 2018 and her ashes subsequently returned to Fonthill for Committal.
A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, March 16th at Holy Trinity Church, Pelham Street, Fonthill, Ontario at 11am, followed by a reception at Pleasantview Funeral Home, 2250 Highway 20, Fonthill at noon.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Heather's favorite charity or a charity of your choosing.