Feature Story                                                                                                        Tuesday, January 15, 2013


In Her Own Light

Heartfelt outpouring for Kostrzewa inked in book of condolences at City Hall

Released by the City of Chilliwack/Voice photos


A book of condolences for 84-year-old Dorothy Kostrzewa will be in the lobby at City Hall for the next few days during business hours for those wishing to sign it.


ity of Chilliwack Council and staff are deeply saddened by the loss of Dorothy Kostrzewa, a former Chilliwack Councillor and a tireless advocate for our community. If you would like to share favourite memories of Dorothy and offer sympathies to her family, we have a book available in the lobby at City Hall for signing.

Dorothy was elected to council in 1971, and was the first Chinese-Canadian woman elected to political office in Canada. She served our community for 31 years as an Alderman and Councillor, and continued to make a difference in the community after her retirement from politics in 2008.


In 1984, Dorothy received the title of 'Sportsman of the Year' for her service to young people in the area of recreation. In 1995, Dorothy received the Paul Harris Award for humanitarianism.


She was recognized as 'Millennium Woman of the Year in 2000' and in 2002, she was honoured by the Union of BC Municipalities for more than 25 years of dedicated service.


In 2008, Dorothy was awarded the Order of Chilliwack from the City of Chilliwack. She was also recognized by the Vancouver Sun newspaper in 2006 as one of 100 Chinese-Canadians making a difference in British Columbia.


Dorothy was a passionate supporter of arts and culture was a driving force behind many of the cultural programs Chilliwack has today. She served as Chair of the Centennial Celebrations Committee in 1971, served on the Chilliwack Community Arts Council, the Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society, the Piper Richardson Statue Project Committee and the Cultural Centre Advisory Planning Committee. In 2000, she formed the first Board of the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.

We will miss Dorothy immensely, but take comfort in the legacy she left our community. City of Chilliwack Council and staff send heartfelt condolences to Dorothy's family and friends. In Dorothy's honour, the City flag at civic facilities will be flown at half mast for the duration of this week. The memory book will be available for signing in the lobby at City Hall (8550 Young Road) during business hours 8:30am-4:30pm.


See more photos of the book's signatories below.


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