Bring Back Debbie Cook!
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On May 15, 2018, a Trinity College Human Resources rep walked up to Debbie Cook in Mather Hall and informed her that she was being let go, immediately. I can only imagine how Debbie felt as she was escorted to her office to get her things and then walked out of the very institution to which she gave more than 30 years.
For more than 30 years, Debbie has given everything she’s had. In an environment where a sense of community is sometimes challenging to find, Debbie has been there for many of us. Whether she smiled and said, “Hello sugar,” made a simple quip to cheer you up, or asked about your day, Debbie surely warmed our spirits. Undoubtedly, when we think about the events and people that make us proud to be part of trincoll, Debbie is one of the first people that comes to mind for many.
These past few years, Debbie has been battling cancer. Even through this personal battle, she has been there for Trinity. The pain of her many ailments has never been enough to put her in a bad mood. Rather, more than anything, she worries about the possibility of not being at work the next day. The Trinity family and her husband have been and remain her priorities.
In an age where a person's humanity is disposable in the name of the bottom line and treating those around us with basic decency is an option, we ask Trinity to stick by its core values. We, the undersigned, request that President Berger-Sweeney and the Board of Trustees reinstate Debbie and continue her health insurance benefits. At a time when she needs the most support, Trinity should be there for her, at least, as much as she has been there for her community.
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