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Citizen of the year

Barb Schmidt has been named Armstrong Spallumcheen Citizen of Year 2018.

Schmidt was honoured by past Citizens of the Year and invited guests Thursday June 21 at a tea hosted by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Art Gallery and the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.

She will receive official recognition as Citizen of the Year 2018 during the opening ceremony of Canada Day Celebrations held in Memorial Park on July 1st, followed by participating in the IPE Parade as the Honorary Parade Marshal and at other community events.

“A tireless volunteer for the Armstrong Kin Club, Barb has been a valued member of the club,’ said one nomination. ‘She is always smiling and happy and when you work beside her during the long hours she make the time fly. I can hear her laughing now.”

Born and raised in Vernon, Barb graduated from VSS in 1981 and in 1985 married her high school sweetheart Kevin. In 1992 they decided to move to Armstrong and in 1995 welcomed a daughter to their family. Barb and her family have been here ever since.

Schmidt served the Armstrong Kin Club as awards chairperson and registrar, where she was known for keeping on top of membership and record keeping.

She participated in fundraising with the Kin Club mostly through IPE, Kin Race Track and other functions to help provide funds to the local food bank, PVSS bursaries, Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department fireworks, BC Children’s Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis, Heart and Stroke Foundation, local families in crisis and many more.

In addition to finding time to support the Armstrong Kin Club, Schmidt finds time to volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada.



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