Matthews, Meryl

Matthews, Meryl

Meryl Matthews (Wain) was born on October 16, 1911 in Kamloops and has lived her entire life here. During the Second World War, she worked in the medical corps. After the war, she went to work at the Sentinel Newspaper she became women’s page editor, and later the city editor. In 1948, she married Fred Matthews. From 1963 to 1972 they ran the MM Garden Shop downtown from April to June. Meryl Matthews is a Charter member of the Kamloops Garden Club and Soroptimist International of Kamloops. She was elected alderman in 1972 before the 1973 amalgamation and re-elected twice after amalgamation. She served on numerous boards and was the first woman to receive the Freeman of the City Award. She currently resides at Cariboo Manor, a seniors care facility, in Westsyde. What a lady! … a Kamloops politician, volunteer and gardener extraordinaire. (from Rachel Long)

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Cartwright, Kenna

Cartwright, Kenna

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)

Kamloops RCMP

Kamloops RCMP

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)

Riis, Nelson

Riis, Nelson

Nelson served Kamloops and region longer than any other politician, over 25 years continuous service as MP, Kamloops City Councilor, and School Board Trustee. He was M.P. for Kamloops (New Democratic Party). He has a B.Ed. and an M.A. in geography from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Riis has taught in schools, colleges, and universities. He was alderman on the Council of the City of Kamloops from 1973 to 1978, director of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, and trustee for Kamloops School District from 1978 until his election to Parliament in 1980. After his election to Parliament, Riis has been the New Democratic Party’s spokesperson for Small Business, Regional Expansion, and Finance. Then he was Parliamentary House Leader for the Federal Caucus. Following his defeat in 2000 he entered business and is vice-president of Rockport which makes engineered concrete homes for the developing world. (From website)