Hello! My name is Courtney Cohen, and I am a proud RJDS Alumni from the graduating class of 2001. I still remember like it was yesterday, receiving our grade 7 sweatshirts and climbing to the top of the outdoor jungle gym to take our yearbook photo as a class of 10 preteen girls excited for our years ahead!
Growing up in Richmond and attending RJDS as my foundation for Jewish learning, I thrived at the little blue school surrounded by friends and caring educators. RJDS instilled in me a love for learning, value of community and helping others from a very early age. I graduated college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management and currently work as a Diverse Needs Educator with the Vancouver School Board. Since graduating high school, I found my passion in helping others within our community and volunteering with several not-for-profit agencies. Rose’s Angels Project was created in memory of my Grandmother Rose Lewin in 2012. With the partnership of Kehila Society of Richmond, we donate care packages every February for individuals who are most vulnerable within our Richmond community. My years at RJDS guided me to the volunteerism path I am on today, as the incredible educators emphasized acts of kindness through the wonderful education we received.
From the exciting science fairs to the delicious wacky mac at hot lunch, my time at RJDS was very memorable!