Born and raised in Vancouver, Jim Cooke understands the importance of every person doing what they can to make our community a better place to live in. From an early age he was involved in a wide variety of volunteer activities and community service.
After finishing a degree at UBC in English Literature, Jim moved to Toronto to attend graduate school and subsequently built a successful and fulfilling career for himself in academia and administration in Quebec. He subsequently moved back to the west coast to take on a job at Capilano University.
As the Vice President of Student and Institutional Support, he was responsible for student services and a number of program areas including Adult Basic Education, Adult Special Education, and First Nation programs. During his time at Capilano he also supported community development and outreach partnerships with several service providers such as the Wish Drop-in Centre Vancouver (benefiting women in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade) and the Carnegie Community Centre in the Downtown Eastside.
Since his retirement in 2008, Jim has been an avid world traveller, and after Jim’s travel companion died suddenly from a heart attack while they were abroad, Jim realized the importance of putting his own personal affairs in order.
Small, local and efficient; those were some of the key criteria that Jim Cooke was considering as he was making up his mind about which charity to include in his will. Jim’s family doctor recommended he look into the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as an option for charitable giving through his estate. After doing his own research, Jim established a legacy fund with assistance from his lawyer and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation that captured his interest in benefiting LGBT clients living with HIV who are registered in the Dr. Peter Centre’s programs.
For Jim, the present chapter of his life is about enjoying time with friends and exploring the world. He says that he now does so with a greater peace of mind, knowing that his legacy gift will continue to express the values he has espoused in his life.
Find out more about how you can leave a legacy gift to the Dr. Peter Centre here.