Frank Vanden Broek named Citizen of the Year

Vanden Broek is an active volunteer in many organizations including the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo.

  • Dec. 9, 2015 1:00 p.m.
Frank Vanden Broeck has been named the 2015 Citizen of the Year.

Frank Vanden Broeck has been named the 2015 Citizen of the Year.

For the Townsman

Frank Vanden Broek has been name the 2015 Cranbrook Citizen of the year.

Chamber of Commerce president Dave Struthers made the announcement at the Chamber Christmas luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

“Frank is incredibly deserving of this honour,” said Struthers.  “Since moving to Cranbrook in 1986, Frank has been a very active member of many volunteer and community organizations in our community.”

Vanden Broek is a certified financial planner with Sun Life Financial.  He is the former owner/ operator of Juniper Lanes Bowling Centre. He is very involved in Rotary International having served on innumerable projects and initiatives locally and overseas.  He is a past president of the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club and a past director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce.

Vanden Broek was unable to attend the Chamber luncheon on Wednesday, but will be formally recognized at a gala in January.

Since 1973 the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the nomination and adjudication process and celebration for the Cranbrook Citizen of the Year Award.

“This is an exceptional award for an extraordinary citizen,” said Chamber President Dave Struthers.  “If you look at the list of past recipients it is a who’s who of what makes Cranbrook a great place to live, work and play and we are pleased to add Frank’s name to the list.”

The Citizen of the Year gala will be held Friday, January 29 at The Heritage Inn and Convention Centre.  Cocktails at 6 pm, Dinner at 7 pm with the Citizen of the Year celebration to follow.

The event is open to the public.  Tickets can be purchased online here.