KAMLOOPS — After seven years serving as executive director for the Kamloops Brain Injury Association, Terry-Lynn Stone is retiring.
Stone said she plans stay on in the position until a replacement is found, and even then she'll remain on the board.
Stone moved from the Lower Mainland in 2009, and she quickly fell in love with the Kamloops community.
"We moved here and I really didn't know anybody but that didn't last long because everybody's so friendly, everybody's so helpful, and I think anybody coming into this job would find that too," Stone said.
She said the position has been rewarding, especially working with brain injury survivors.
"The survivors are absolutely so amazing, so determined. It's just been wonderful working with them," Stone said. "They are so grateful for what you do for them and that's not that important other than you see changes in peoples' lives, and you see them improve, and that makes you feel really good."
Stone said she is also grateful for the staff and board that she's been able to work with at KBIA.
She added the association has worked very hard to help people understand brain injury and its prevalence.
Stone has many plans for retirement, and she would like to continue to help the community in a variety of ways.
"I'm still a Rotarian and I'm secretary of the Rotary Club and I'm running the raffle for the Ribfest of course, so I'll be very very busy." Stone said. "I've also got an international project that I'm working on and I'm planning on going to TRU in January and just brushing up a little bit, doing English as a Second Language."
Stone hopes to volunteer to teach English to refugees coming into the community.
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