Warm Winter Wishes:
Barb Cowen grew up in the Mount Forest community and attended Wilfred Laurier University for Business and Western for Teachers' College. With a strong tie to the community, Barb returned to Mount Forest to teach Business in 1989, and there she has remained for her 30 year career. During this last year before retirement, Barb was able to see a 17 year long tradition reach its most successful event to date.
When talking about ‘Warm Winter Wishes’ Barb indicates, her intent was to create “a hands-on business experience for students that would have students think about social responsibility while they helped local families in need, and give them an opportunity to show the community just how great our teenagers are”. And as far as Warm Winter Wishes is concerned, any person who has been involved or attended the event can attest that this goal has been met and exceeded.
Continuing from 2002, Barb’s vision evolved to help her students learn to "give back" to others. And give back they have! In addition to raising over $44,000 in a few weeks which is extraordinary, Barb says the really impressive part is “watching the students RUN all aspects of the Warm Winter Wishes organization with the support of the staff, community members and local businesses. It is a true joint effort and a lot of work, but well worth it!”
Let’s take a page from Barb and find a way to inspire the people we work with everyday. As Barb’s teaching career winds down we wish her all the best in the next season of life!