From first step to full circle

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I loved my year there. I had great instructors who inspired me and were very available for discussions about future education and career opportunities.

Having grown up in Creston, when it came to starting her university education, College of the Rockies in Cranbrook seemed like the obvious first step to Kristy Jahn-Smith. And though Cranbrook is just an hour away from Creston, she found it took moving here to truly appreciate the city.

“I really enjoyed discovering all Cranbrook has to offer,” she said. “It’s a wonderful community. It’s a small city with small town charm and big city amenities. I also loved going to school in this spectacular Rocky Mountain location with world-class recreation available.”

For the past five years, Kristy has demonstrated her love for the region as Executive Director of Cranbrook Tourism.

“I attribute my one year at College of the Rockies’ Cranbrook campus in my early education for my return to the community and taking on this role as a community promoter and ambassador.”

Prior to her current career, after completing a year of University Arts and Science courses at the College, Kristy transferred her credits to Thompson Rivers University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts before embarking on her career.

Now back in the community she fell in love with in the late 1990s, Kristy has been instrumental in driving the growth of tourism in Cranbrook. You can read more details about her work in Kootenay Business Magazine.