ROTHENBURGER – Some things you might not have known about Capt. Jenn Casey

Honoring Capt. Jenn Casey at Kamloops Airport. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

BEFORE LAST WEEKEND’S TRAGEDY, maybe a dozen or so Kamloops residents knew Capt. Jenn Casey by name. We’ve learned a lot about her since then as our community has embraced her in our hearts and mourned her loss.

We know she was 35, born in Halifax and that she was a radio journalist before joining the Armed Forces and, a year and a half ago, the Snowbirds as their public information officer. We also know she had a distinguished academic record, gathering three university degrees including a Masters, which she completed last year.

In university, she was known as “a mischievous college kid.” She was involved in student politics, running for a spot on the student residence executive, cheekily promising “cheaper laundry” and “more bands.”

She is often described as a great story teller.

Those who worked with her unanimously describe her as a joy to be around — energetic, driven, fun. They talk about her smile, her sense of humour.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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