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Funeral Director / Managing Director / Certified Funeral Celebrant
Jason was born and raised in B.C. He settled in Creston, B.C. where he completed his apprenticeship and graduated from the Canadian College of Funeral Services in 2017. He is passionate about the funeral service and enjoys serving his families. Jason and his family moved to Cranbrook in 2018 and have now returned to the Creston Valley; which holds a very special place in their hearts. Jason and his team look forward to the privilege of serving both families and the community in their time of need.
Jason served as a volunteer firefighter in the Creston Valley for 5 years and while living in Cranbrook served as a Library Trustee for the Cranbrook Public Library.
Jason currently volunteers as a member of the Creston Valley Rotary Club, Vice President for the Creston Valley Hospice Society, and as a Director for the British Columbia Funeral Association.
Office Manager / Apprentice Funeral Director
Alicia was born and raised in Creston, BC. She has seen many changes in the town throughout the years and has appreciated watching the community grow and thrive.
Upon completion of her schooling in Calgary, AB, Alicia returned home and joined forces with her father, Dennis Kemle, at the family owned and operated funeral chapel for three years. Alicia has also completed her certificate in the Medical Office Assistant program from Camosun College in Victoria, BC and her Bookkeeping Certificate from Okanagan College in Vernon, BC.
Volunteer and community projects include coaching girls volleyball, participating in the local hockey billet program and supporting an elder to remain independent living.
Throughout the years Alicia has worked in many different fields from flower arranging to office manager at a health clinic, giving her a diverse and versatile skillset. On a personal level, Alicia has always enjoyed helping and serving people, especially in their time of need.
(Retired) Funeral Director
Dennis moved to Creston in 1980 and began his career in the funeral business in 1982. Apprenticing under the watchful eye of father-in-law George Oliver, Dennis graduated from BCIT in 1988 from the Funeral Director and Embalming Apprenticeship course.
As well as being a licensed funeral director and embalmer, Dennis was employed as an Embalming Evaluation representative with the FSABC for approximately three to four years overseeing the embalming procedure of the apprentices in the Kootenay and Columbia area.
After the semi-retirement of George Oliver in 1990, Dennis obtained the position of manager of the local funeral home which involved managing the funeral chapel, funeral directors and office staff, until his retirement in 2015. Dennis also currently holds his Crematorium Operators License in British Columbia.
In addition to managing the funeral home, Dennis was involved in community affairs, serving as a member of the Creston Rotary Club for 28 years, chairing the Creston Rotary Splash park four years project and involvement in many Rotary projects.
Cori has lived in Creston for 40 years, where she was drawn by the beauty of the valley which has offered her family the opportunity to raise four children and to grow a herd of cattle on their hobby farm. Cori recently retired as a Para-Educator in an elementary school. This career offered an opportunity to assist, guide, and support special needs students.
Volunteer work includes holding a position as a council member with the Catholic Church, as well as holding a seat on the Kootenai Community Services Board as a director overseeing the programs that are offered.
In her spare time Cori enjoys artistic gardening flowerbeds, walking and biking with the possibility of a E-Bike in her future! Cori is excited to have joined the Creston Valley Funeral Services family where she offers office administrative support.
Sarah works as part of our aftercare program reaching out to our families after services to check in on their well-being. Her greatest passion is to help and serve those in her community. She also enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her family.
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