The Rev. Judie Cooper has announced her retirement, effective 15 October 2011. Her last Sunday in the Parish of St Luke, Thunder Bay, will be the 9th.
Judie pursued her call to pastoral ministry while working in a senior administrative position in the Solicitor General’s Office. With a BA in Psychology from McMaster, she has spent most of her career in people helping professions. She has worked as a rehab counselor, as a probation and parole officer in the Ministry of Corrections, and with the John Howard Society. In the Solicitor General’s Office, she had a hand in developing the Victim Crisis Assistance section, working her way up from District Coordinator to Northern Regional Director.
Her interest in the church led her to take courses at Thorneloe University, where she received her A.Th. in 1997. In 1999 she made a major career move and was appointed the Lay Pastor of the Parish of Muskoka Lakes. She was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood the following year by Bishop Ron Ferris. In 2003 she moved to the other end of the diocese to take up the incumbency at St Luke’s, Thunder Bay. Her ministry there included work among some of the unemployed and homeless people that live in the church neighbourhood. She has also been active in the Cursillo movement.
Although she is taking up retirement, those who know Judie know that she is not retiring! She anticipates moving to the southern part of the diocese again so that she can be nearer to her children. We bid her a happy retirement and give thanks for her faithful service to the church.