Heidy Kux-Kardos is working hard to make Dawson Creek a vibrant and healthy community. Heidy is supporting local food systems, encouraging active living, and encouraging the youngest members of her community to be as strong and resilient as they can be. Heidy first came to the north and settled in Dawson Creek in 1971 when she and her husband – fresh out of University – took over a greasy spoon restaurant with their $308.00 life?s savings and turned it into the world famous Alaska Café and Dining Room. After 33 years in the hotel business, just when most people are thinking about retiring, Heidy is starting a career in community development and health promotion. She works as the South Peace Success By 6 Coordinator and as a Master Trainer with LEAP BC.
Heidy also recently became the Community Development Leader for the BC Healthy Living Alliance?s Community Capacity Building Strategy for the Peace River South Region. Heidy is also a BC Healthy Communities Seed Grant recipient and is currently engaging her community to explore ideas around ways to feed those who are hungry in Dawson Creek. Heidy has established a reputation as a business owner, teacher, volunteer, and champion for worthwhile causes. She has earned credibility and trust with business partners, agencies and individuals alike within the surrounding communities, including aboriginal organizations. Heidy and her husband have been married for 42 years. She has 4 daughters and five grandchildren. Her hobbies include travel, reading, gardening, and arts and culture. Her passion and commitment make her both a role model and an inspiration. BC Food Systems Network, or to join, please visit: www.fooddemocracy.org.