Happy 100th in Coombs for Helen Cole
TURNING THE CENTURY: Helen Cole celebrates with her grandson, Paul Aylott, who flew out from Ontario for Helen's 100th birthday party, hosted Saturday at the Arrowsmith Hall in Coombs where she was surrounded by close friends and family. Helen has three children, five grandchildren, 10 great-grand-children and one great-great grandchild. She is described by her longtime friend NDP MLA Leonard Krog as "a generous, strong and remarkable woman." Helen spent 35 years teaching kindergarten in Toronto before moving to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, where she has been an active member of the New Democrats.