Chamber announces Citizen of the Year

Derek Kortschaga has been named Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

  • Dec. 12, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Every year, the Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce chooses one outstanding resident for Citizen of the Year.

This year that recognition goes to Derek Kortschaga.

“”For many years, Derek Kortschaga has made an indelible mark on the community and we are very pleased to make this announcement,” said David Butler, outgoing Chamber president.

Kortschaga’s nomination was endorsed by several letters of support from organizations and residents of the community. The letters note Kortschaga’s ongoing support for charity initiatives and the creating new events every year.

“Derek embodies the sense of community in every aspect of his life both at work and away from the station,” Loree Duczek wrote in her letter of support. “His contributions have been quiet in that he has championed causes, created opportunities for people and organizations to promote their events, volunteered countless hours to help, MC or organize, and given up his own time so that others may have opportunities.”

Jason Caven noted Kortschaga consistently helps make those people around him better with his attitude, effort and support.

Kortschaga will be officially recognized as the 2014 Citizen of the Year during the Chamber’s Inaugural Meeting and Citizen of the Year dinner Friday, Jan. 23.