Village of Nakusp - Karen Hamling

Born in B.C., Karen lived in many parts of Canada and Germany before moving to Nakusp from her family home town of New Westminster, BC. She retired after 34 years at the Arrow Lakes Hospital, 29 of which were spent as the Health Records Supervisor. Karen previously owned two businesses and now helps her husband with his forestry contracting business.

After serving as a Councilor for the Village of Nakusp from 1987 to 1996, Karen decided she had had enough of politics. However, in May of 2004, she was acclaimed to Council and by November of 2005, elected Mayor.  She is now serving her fourth term as Mayor. 

As an active member in the community, Karen is currently the Treasurer and one of the original directors and founders of the Nakusp and Area Community Foundation, Coordinator for Music in the Park and a past Director with Community Futures of Central Kootenay for 17 years. She is also involved in Community Health, the Steering Committee for the CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas funding program, and has attended all CBT symposiums. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee and was Vice-Chair of the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust. Clearly Karen is passionate about her community.

Karen is married to John Hamling, her biggest supporter, and they are the proud parents of two children and six grand children and one great grand child.

Alternate Director: Ulli Mueller

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