It was with shock and deep sadness that the people of Rosseau, members of the Parish of St. Stephen, and Diocese learned on Wednesday, June 26 of the death of Sharyn Poole as the result of a severe and sudden blood infection that resulted in septic shock. Sharyn was in Kakamega, Kenya working with Community Education Services (CES) Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to education for orphans and other HIV/Aids affected children living in Canada.
Sharyn was tremendously passionate and dedicated to this work (ministry) she had undertaken over the past five years. She had been to Kenya on two previous occasions and had fallen in love with the people and land of Kenya.
Throughout her life she was deeply committed to her church and a call to serve and to love. Sharyn was very active and involved in the life of the Parish of St. Stephen, the Deanery of Muskoka and the Diocese. She served as Lay Incumbent of the parish from 1995-1997. She was a Lay Reader, at one point a Lay Delegate to Synod, Deanery Lay Steward, and Deputy People's Warden of the Church of the Redeemer in Rosseau. Her commitment to serve led her to be involved in numerous groups and organisations in Rosseau and throughtout Parry Sound and Muskoka.
The following, taken from the CES website, is a poem written by Sharyn in July of 2012:
Live in the moment
Hope without expectation
How do I understand – what compares?
Kenyan man sings his national anthem
Shakes his head at the disunity.
I ask, “do you like living here?”
Hesitant answer, “yes”
Then a deep look into my eyes
“I have no choice”
I ask, “where is home”
Eyes light up, smile begins and face softens
I hear of home
Here the work is, there the heart
A hard life of poverty, death, fear
Happiness, joy, hope, family
I visit homes…pride, happy laughter, hospitality
I begin to understand
I am at home, accepted
Humbled, I too will return
For there I will be home.
Rosseau, July 2012
The service in Celebration of Sharyn's Life will be held this Friday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, Rosseau (15 Oak Street).