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GCR’s 2023 citizenship award goes to Smedley

Realtor and former Hamilton County Commission Chair Sabrena Smedley accepts Greater Chattanooga Realtors’ 2023 George Kangles Community Citizenship Award. - Photo by Natalie Caho of Natalie Caho Photography

Greater Chattanooga Realtors presented its 2023 George Kangles Community Citizenship Award to Realtor Sabrena Smedley during its annual Installation & Awards Reception Jan. 25 at Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall.

The association established award in 2011 to remember the late George Kangles and his dedication to serving the community and the association. Kangles’ governmental and political affairs work on behalf of the association at the local, state and national level was unprecedented, notes Greater Chattanooga Realtors in a news release.

“George’s commitment should be an example to all of us that we, too, can make a difference in not only our industry but also our community,” the release reads.

The award honors a Realtor who’s had a positive and discernible impact on the governmental affairs activities of the association and affected the real estate industry and the Chattanooga and Tennessee communities.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors has presented the award only six times since 2011, exemplifying the select few who have personified such an achievement, the association states in its release.

Smedley was elected to the Hamilton County Commission in 2014 and served through 2022. She has a passion for local governance and has been an advocate for local property issues, says the association.

“Smedley served as an elected official while also being a wife, a mother of three and a full-time Realtor. Her dedication and passion for governmental and political advocacy is exemplary, and her impact on the association has been essential to the role Realtors continue to play in local government and politics.”

“It’s truly an honor to receive this award from my peers,” Smedley said as she accepted the award. “George Kangles left a tremendous legacy in our community.”