Charlotte/Char Kerelko, Port City Nominee

Charlotte or Char Kerelko was nominated by the Duluth Area Retired Educators Association for the Port City Woman of The Year. Char worked for Duluth Public Schools as a social worker for 26 years, usually serving in schools with large numbers of low income students. Poverty, especially has an effect on children, and this has been a lifelong interest to Char.

She has worked as a volunteer coordinator with the Kids Closet organization for the past 10 years.The Kids Closet celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2007 with a fashion show and open house which was spear headed by her. She was also very instrumental in helping this organization obtain their non-profit status.

Char’s other volunteer experiences include her church where she has served as a choir director since 1984. She was a member and past chairperson for the Catholic School Board of Superior for four years.

Currently she is a board member for the Floodwood Services and Training Corporation which serves a disabiled population of more than 60 people.

Char is caring and passionate person. For many years I was in the same non-profit room with her at Festival of Trees.