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.