Wendy received some very touching news this week that she would like to share and express our condolences to the family and friends of Jody Joval:
Here is the body of the letter:
From: The Victoria Heart Institute Foundation
To: The World Parrot Refuge
Re: Donations in Memory of Jody Joval
Please find enclosed a cheque in memory of a co-worker and more importantly a very good friend.
Jody had a lot of interests and adventures and shared with us her time with you in Coombs. Jody and her fiancé Todd went on a holiday up Island during Jody’s illness and just happened to stop into your refuge when driving by. They were so inspired by the kindness that was displayed to the birds and loved hanging out with the parrots.
They ended up going back and visiting your refuge for a second time. Jody was a great storyteller and she told all that would listen about your organization.
We hope this money can help out a little.
The letter is signed by two of Jody’s colleagues at the VHI. Jody’s obituary is online so I’ve taken the liberty of pasting it here:
JOVAL, Jody August 29, 1968 – March 17, 2009 Taken away from us much too early. A daughter, sister, aunt, soul mate and great friend.
Jody battled cancer with ‘the eye of the tiger’ attitude. She was a great person who put others needs in front of her own. Jody was a nurse at RJH and her passion was quite evident in her daily work. Jody enjoyed fast pitch at Heywood Park where she played with the Victoria Athletics. Besides her dedication to the medical field and her love of sports, Jody was an adventurer. Jody excelled with event organization, putting together game plans, and following through on projects to ensure the happiness of others. While the great staff and volunteers of Hospice were taking care of Jody, she was still organizing another ‘event’. We believe she is organizing as we speak.
While we mourn the loss of Jody, we also appreciate that she was able to enjoy a special ceremony with her soulmate Todd. It was a celebration with many special ‘toasts’, the way Jody would have wanted it. A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at the Arbor Reception Centre of Sands Funeral Chapel at 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC, on Friday March 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Jody’s memory may be made to The World Parrot Refuge: PO Box 645, Coombs, BC VOR 1MO 5 3 1 8 4 2
The family also has an online guestbook at this link:
On behalf of the World Parrot Refuge, thank you, Jody. We are touched by your thoughtfulness and support, and our hearts grieve.