Representing the International Peace Arch Association (IPAA), Christina Winkler was recognized by U.S. consul general Katherine Dhanani at a 1920s-themed Independence Day celebration held in Vancouver in July.
“They wanted to celebrate people who did extraordinary things for the U.S.-Canada relationship,” said Winkler, the president and founder of IPAA. “It was an honor and a privilege to be recognized.”
The event, the first of its kind in Vancouver hosted by the U.S. consulate, provided opportunities for guests to socialize and connect with one another. Winkler said other organizations such as NASA were in attendance to receive recognition.
“When they bring their constituents together, they want people to get together and network,” Winkler said.
Winkler was recognized for her work with the IPAA. For the past 25 years, the organization has hosted tours and events at Peace Arch State Park, including Hands Across the Border and international sculpture exhibitions.
Most recently, Winkler has advocated for a joint-issued postage stamp in the U.S. and Canada depicting the Peace Arch. She has already written letters to selection committees in both countries and plans to host educational outreach events in the near future.