Monday, January 14, 2013
Chilliwack Loses An Icon
Dorothy Kostrzewa dead at the age of 83
Staff/Voice file photo
n Friday, Dorothy Kostrzewa, long-time City of Chilliwack councillor, passed away at the Royal Columbian Hospital.
Kostrzewa was born in Canada as Dorothy Chung
, the youngest of eight children fathered by Chinese immigrant Dr. Chung Bing Kee. Dr. Kee had settled in Chilliwack in 1886, ran a general store and acted as a doctor (but unofficially due to that eraís Canadian sentiment against Chinese-Canadians).
Her family home was flooded during the 1948 flooding of the Fraser Valley, the second-largest on record for the Fraser River. She managed a raft while her brothers dove for fruits and vegetables in a submerged garden.
She first won election to Chilliwack council in 1969, becoming the first Chinese-Canadian woman elected to political office in Canada. Aside for a five-year break, she has served continuously since.
In 2002, Kostrzewa received a long-service award from the Union of BC Municipalities. At 32 years of service, she is the longest-serving active city councillor in British Columbia.
In 2006, she was named by Vancouver print media as one of the 100 Chinese-Canadians who made a difference in British Columbia.
The above information is courtesy of Wikipedia.
A Facebook page has been set up here for those who want to post condolences. There is no word on when or where the service will be at this point.
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