Deb Chmara (centre) was recognized for her many years of service at last week’s Castlegar city council meeting. Mayor Kirk Duff (left) and Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio presented her with a gift. Photo: Submitted

Deb Chmara (centre) was recognized for her many years of service at last week’s Castlegar city council meeting. Mayor Kirk Duff (left) and Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio presented her with a gift. Photo: Submitted

Emergency Support Services Director Deb Chmara retires after 18 years of service to city

Chmara is retiring after filling the role since 2004

The City of Castlegar is saying farewell to its long-term Emergency Support Services Volunteer Director, Deb Chmara.

Chmara is retiring after filling the role since 2004, all the while continuing with several other volunteer roles and service with the Red Cross.

Some of the highlights of her career include service with the International Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross in places like Albania, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Tajikistan, Georgia, Afghanistan, Philippines, Israel and Russia.

In 2019, Chmara was awarded the Emergency Social Services (ESS) Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer of the Year Medal by Emergency Management BC. This was in recognition for her exceptional contribution and many years of service ensuring safety and well being in communities.

In 2018, she was recognized for 50 years of service to the Red Cross.

Chmara was honoured at last week’s city council meeting and presented with a retirement gift.



betsy.kline@castlegarnews.com

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