Canadian Red Cross volunteer Deb Chmara listens to the stories of evacuees from Williams Lake while she helps them at the registration centre in Kamloops. Submitted photo

Castlegar volunteer recognized by province

Deb Chmara has spent over 50 years with the Red Cross

Local volunteer Deb Chmara is being honoured with the Emergency Social Services Public Lifeline Volunteer of the Year award.

“Many of you know Deb and the countless years and hours of volunteer time she has put into making sure Castlegar and area as well as the RDCK Red Cross ESS team are ready to go at a moment’s notice to assist in any emergency disaster situation,” said Castlegar Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

“This recognition award is long overdue.”

The award is given by Emergency Management BC and will presented at the BC Legislature on April 10.

Chmara is cited for clearly distinguishing herself in a field of dedicated, professional and talented volunteers and giving generously of her time to ensure the safety of her community.

Chmara has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for over 50 years.

During that time she has responded to foreign emergencies from Tajikistan to Afghanistan, Liberia, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and the U.S.

She is a key figure in Castlegar’s Emergency preparedness program and has served at many disasters in Canada including the last year’s wildfires.

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