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