Carol Bannock left to join her husband Duane in Anchorage last week, and to begin a new career with Era Aviation. Duane Bannock was appointed to be the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Murkowski last month. For the last several years, Carol has served the Kenai Chamber of Commerce as Executive Assistant. Carol and her husband both graduated from Cook Inlet Academy and have raised their family in Kenai.
"Often we get stuck in our comfort zone of just doing our job, and we don't extend beyond our job description. Carol Bannock's service was a key element in the evolution the Kenai Chamber has experienced the past year or so. Imagine what a productive and fulfilling society we'd live in if we all had a Carol. I contemplated contacting Webster's and request that they change the definition of service to a photo of Carol with her contact number and text: call for training," said KCC Executive Director Aud Walaszek. Bannock and Walaszek worked together with the enthusiasm of Batman and Robin and the loyalty of The Lone Ranger and Tonto. "I would characterize Audrey and I more as Lucy and Ethel than Batman and Robin, but it was just one of those lives that you had to live in order to appreciate it, but it was absolutely amazing and it was a year and a half that I will cherish forever and never again will I have the opportunity to not only serve my community, but to learn from someone who is as dynamic as Audrey is. It was a chance of a lifetime and I'm thankful for all the highs and lows that we experienced together," said Bannock.
In bidding farewell to Carol last week at the Kenai Chamber luncheon, the Board of Directors presented her with roses, their heartfelt appreciation for a great job and the official 2002 KCC Superstar Employee of the Year Award.
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