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Citizen of the Year officially honoured

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Castlegar's 2013 Citizen of the Year for 2013 enjoys one of her gifts during a June 4 ceremony in her honour. On Stabra's right is Mayor Lawrence Chernoff. Pictured from right are MP Alex Atamanenko's representative Margaret Tessman, and MLA Katrine Conroy.
— image credit: Jim Sinclair

Lifetime Castlegarian Kris Stanbra has been chosen by the local Knights of Columbus chapter as the recipient of a significant civic distinction. Stanbra has been a tireless force for good in the community for many years. She was badly injured in a car accident in the early 80s and has made remarkable progress in surmounting the after effects of a spinal injury. Stanbra had recently been honoured with a high profile "Courage to Come Back" award for her inspirational efforts, and advocacy for others.

In front of a large crowd of well-wishers, including representatives from three levels of government, the well-known and well-loved Stanbra was gracious and humble.

Glowing tributes were delivered by the mayor, local MLA and spokesperson for our MP. A key address was made by Kris's lifelong friend and nominator Gail Oglow.

"I am very thankful to live in this wonderful community," said Stanbra in accepting the award. "I've enjoyed every moment of all the different avenues my life has taken.

"I wouldn't be here without the unending love and support of my husband Larry... the love of my life... my soulmate who's been on this wonderful journey with me now for 36 years."

Stanbra also had special thanks for: "My mother Ev Clarke, who, along with my sister Patty has been my inspiration and my rock, my whole life. Our sons Clark and Cole are the joy of my life, they have turned into such loving, caring young men."

Stanbra then took a moment to focus on the influence of her parents who had arrived in Castlegar in 1926.

"They showed us by example, how rewarding it can be to give back to your community."

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