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Outgoing Christina Lake economic booster honored

Christina Lake doesn’t have a key to the city. Instead it has a paddle to the community.

Outgoing economic development manager Donna Wilchynski became the first person so honored recently, as she prepares to take a new job with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

“It is a good opportunity for her,” said regional district director Grace McGregor, who has worked closely with Wilchynski for the last six years-plus.

“She has a lot to offer them. It’s going to be hard for us to fill the position. You don’t replace Donna, ever. It will have to be a different vision. We’re working on that right now. We don’t know what that looks like yet but we were very fortunate to have Donna here.”

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In addition to her economic development role, Wilchynski was the manager of the Gateway Community Development Association.

To send her off, she was presented with a paddle pictured at top. It’s about 16 inches long and has “Thank you, Donna” written on it.

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