Kenna was born on June 4, 1938 and died in Kamloops on July 26, 1991. She grew up on an orchard in Oyama, B.C. and married John in 1960. They had two sons and moved to Kamloops in 1967.
Her political career included:
Three terms school trustee.
Member Cariboo College Board.
Voted Kamloops’ Woman of the Year.
Six years as Alderman.
Kamloops’ first female Mayor.
Kenna succeeded in making Kamloops a better place to live. Her popularity amongst voters was confirmed that she was a sincere servant of the people.
She was instrumental in:
Promoting Kamloops as Tournament Capital of B.C.
Building Riverside Coliseum.
Bringing the 1993 Summer Games to Kamloops.
She was very concerned about environmental issues and was a strong advocate for water and air quality in our community.
She always encouraged people, including herself, to be the best they could be. (from Stu Cartwright)
Members of the RCMP come from across Canada to live and work in Kamloops. We know them by their faces and their deeds. Through the years they have coached sports teams, helped stranded travelers, educated kids on safety and drugs, assisted during car, boat and train accidents, disasters, fires and emergencies, come to the aid of hurt and distraught people. Kamloops RCMP have raised more than $500,000 for the bone marrow registry in aid of cancer research.
They give of themselves each and everyday that they come to work and sadly occasionally have given the ultimate sacrificed, their lives, to keep the streets and the citizens of Kamloops safe.
Three Kamloops RCMP died in June, 1962, while investigating reports of an armed gunman. They were (left to right) Const. Elwood Keck, 25; Const. Gordon Pedersen, 25; and Const. Donald Weisgerber, 23.
Our RCMP are remarkable Kamloopsians who are often called upon to do extraordinary things. (from Cpl. Fran Bethell)