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Carolyn J Conrad (posthumously

Carolyn J Conrad (posthumously)
Nominated by:  Chester Municipal Heritage Society (CMHS)

Carolyn Jean Conrad joined the Chester Municipal Heritage Society in April of 2015 and became a Board Member in 2016.  She served in that capacity until her passing in November of 2022.  Carolyn was very active at CMHS and looked after the rentals for Lordly Park and also took over the Afternoon Teas that were held several times during the Summer.  She took great pride in this making sure everything was perfect for a high tea, even to packing up her own good China to make sure we had tea plates, cups and proper stands for the sweets.  She participated in Christmas Craft Shows at Lordly House and was a founding member of the knitting group.  From this small group came the thought of starting a craft shop to show off the local crafts, not just at Christmas, but all year.  She jumped in with both feet and became the creator, designer and manager of Station 20 Craft Shoppe.  Carolyn spent every weekend volunteering at the shop and was notorious for switching things around every week or two so everyone had a chance to have their work displayed at the forefront of the shop. When COVID hit she was our go to person for lists, signs and whatever was needed.  Through the creation of Station 20 life was brought back to our Train Station.  Her love of the province and municipality made her a great ambassador for tourists who dropped into the shop to visit her homemade tourist centre.  She created a truly unique place for vendors to sell their wares.  Her belief and excitement for the crafters was contagious and made you believe in yourself.  She was so excited about the caboose project, as her ancestors rode the line often to their place in Chester, and was able to make a contribution to the planning and donated the crushed stone for the railbed before her passing.