CARSON CITY — A spunky nurse with a knack for getting her move on was honored Tuesday evening during the 19th annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night at St. Mary’s Hall.
Nora Ryan, a registered nurse at Carson City Hospital and local Zumba instructor, was named Citizen of the Year on Tuesday evening in front of her family, friends and co-workers.
“When she called to tell me that she was named Citizen of the Year, I laughed,” said Julia Rodriguez, Ryan’s older sister. “But she deserves it. She has always stood out and was never lost in a crowd.”
Ryan’s friend, Kathy Keiffer, told the audience that Ryan is a “kind-hearted, compassionate lady” who has eagerly shared her
enthusiasm for fitness and health through her Zumba classes, raising $4,700 for local food pantries.
“In these difficult economic times, she genuinely cares about each and every person,” Keiffer said. “The world is genuinely a better place because you are in it.”
Ryan’s daughter, Marisa Bramer, told the audience about how her mother has been a rock for their family through many hard times over the years, even donating her kidney to save her father’s life.
“I’m not amazed so many people have so many nice things to say about my mom,” Bramer said, turning to her mother. “Thank you for always being the light of our life, Mom. We don’t say it enough, but we should.”
Ryan said she was flattered by all the kind words shared about her.
“I really sound like an amazing person,” she said with a chuckle. “But there are many who are deserving of this award.”
A handful of outstanding high school students, local volunteers and new businesses were also recognized Tuesday evening.
“As usual, we have an outstanding group to honor tonight,” said Tom Wilcox, master of ceremonies.
“We live in a community where each and every person who gives of themselves matters,” Ryan said.