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Walker Honors Alamance County's Jackie Cole as Community Hero of the Month

May 20, 2019
Press Release

GREENSBORO, N.C.- U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) honored Alamance County's Jackie Cole as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for May 2019.

Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.

Jackie Cole has served at the NC Therapeutic Riding Center for over 30 years. The center empowers children and adults with significant challenges to better their lives through therapeutic horseback riding lessons, hippotherapy, inclusive summer camps, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, and services for military veterans.

Cole currently volunteers as the program director for the center, coordinating all aspects of programming and serves as a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor and mentor.

Cole also serves as the Board Chair of the Twin Lakes Retirement Community. Previously, she served on the Alamance Burlington Board of Education for 12 years.

"Jackie has helped countless children and adults reach their full potential with the help of horses,” Walker said.  “Through every class and lesson, she's celebrated the limitless worth and potential of every student. She is an example to us all and inspires us to help our neighbors in need."

Cole lives in Mebane with her husband Steve, and her son Parker, as well as four Dobermans, two retired therapy horses from the NC Therapeutic Riding Center, and an ostrich.

She was presented with a certificate and a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol.