Most of us in TITAN who knew Jessica, first met her at Matthew McNair Senior Secondary school. Here a young powderkeg of a talent ripped through any and all parts matching energy with all she performed with. It wasn't just her desire it was her style and she retained it throughout her life.
As the only Grade 11 to join the cast in McNair's production of "The Odd Couple" Jessica was not intitally welcomed by the other cast members. It had nothing to do with her but instead that she beat out in audition the person who helped convince the Drama teacher to put on the play, a person who had already played the character the previous year with the other castmates.
It didn't take long however for even the most change-challenged of the group to realize she was the best choice as she seemlessly became "Gwendolyn Pidgeon" meshing perfectly with her "sister Cecily" played by Corinne Hebden. How tough of an act was this? Well not only had Corinne been in the previous version of the play but she was actually English! No matter, Jessica matched her and when it was her line there was no doubt who owned the stage.
Jessica joined TITAN back in it's Cooperative days and did both Production Assistant work as well as bit parts whenever she was able to participate, sadly the bigger projects we all tried to get going either failed to materialize or matured while she was out of town.
Independent of TITAN, Jessica has quite a list of CREDITS and we've included the ones we know of on her CREDITS page.
The hardest part of knowing Jessica was keeping tabs on her, something we were quite successful at until the last year of her life. Having misplaced both her address and her mother's address (which had always helped) we were left in the dark hoping one of us would make another chance encounter with her, rekindling the ties. Sadly it was not to be.
They say the candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long and the shock of losing the light from this particular candle was made only worse by the discovery a year after her passing.
Her notice in the paper - - chanced upon by our of own, unsure if it was indeed her, held and shared when the information could be confirmed - - indicates she had a long struggle with a debilitating illness. On that basis alone we are solemnly comforted that her pain is over and we are equally commited to remembering Jessica as she was, full of spirit, full of life and mischief.