Local woman suffers health setback

Jacqui Light worked for many years at CIBC, from Victoria to Kelowna where she became manager at the Capri branch.

She was very dedicated, caring and hard working which earned her a top team rating.

After leaving the world of banking, she purchased Guisachan Esthetics Salon.

For many years she worked with customers with her loving and caring touch. Jacqui always said that she would have three callings.

In 2009, Jacqui embarked on a mission trip to Thailand that would change the course of her life.

Later she travelled to Cambodia and immediately fell in love with the country and people.

While in Thailand, she connected with an organization that assisted women to come out of prostitution.

Their only skills for training the women was baking, sewing and card making.

When they discovered that Jacqui was an esthetician, they invited her back to Thailand to teach several groups of women her trade, which she so willingly did.

Not long after that, Jacqui relocated to Cambodia, and started a spa where she employed over 40 local Cambodians.

She also helped many people over the course of time to improve their lives.

Her real dream was to start a Non-Profit Organization to further help the Cambodian people.

Recently, her dream became a reality when the Cambodian government approved her organization, which is called The Cambodian Poor Children’s Education Organization.

Her hopes and dreams are to develop a piece of land, on the Thai border of Cambodia, called Preveire.

The people of Preveire have never been educated and her plan is to build a community of homes, a school and to educate these families and their children, giving them hope for a better life.

Just weeks ago, Jacqui’s organization was registered with the Cambodian government and she started with renting a building to house a group of orphans.

But health concerns have put a damper on her plans as Jacqui has suddenly become very ill and is in an induced coma at a hospital in Bangkok.

Her daughter, Stephanie, and her sister, Linda, are with her.

Financial help is needed for Stephanie to be able to bring her mom home to Canada, hopefully within a week.

Her medical insurance has expired and the cost of her health care is $80,000.

A trust fund has been set up at CIBC’s Mission Branch. Donations will be gratefully accepted at any CIBC location.

Jan Whelan works with the Interior Savings Credit Union branch in Orchard Centre. She can be contacted at 250-860-7400, local 6532, or 250-868-9522.



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