Eight outstanding Roaring Fork Valley Residents are being honored for their volunteer work in Pitkin County. They were nominated by citizens to receive the Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards. Now in its 19th year, the goal of the county’s volunteer award program is to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement. Pitkin County Cares awards include the Greg Mace Award established in memory of the late Greg Mace, a dedicated volunteer, who died in a climbing accident on North Maroon in 1986.
Greg Mace Award: Sallie Bernard
Sallie Bernard founder of Extreme Sports Camp later renamed Ascendigo a nationally-recognized autism service provider located in the Roaring Fork Valley in Carbondale. Also active with Family Life for All, the Aspen Hope Center, James Kirk Bernard Foundation and Autism Speaks.
Children and Youth Award - Sandy and Peter Johnson
for their longtime Aspen Buddy Program commitment to their buddy from elementary school to college.
Seniors Award - Trinity Terry volunteer
for delivering meals from the Pitkin County Senior Center to the homebound and offering his support and friendship.
Health Award - Debbie Kreutzer
for her contribution to Pathfinders by organizing support and care for individuals who are ill or suffering from life-changing loss.
Community Pride - Laura Mathews
for her over 500 hours of service in the Aspen Historical Society’s Archive Office.
Education - Jim and Dianne Light
for their mentorship in the Roaring Fork Precollegiate program ushering an 8th-grade group through high school and on to college.
Good Samaritan - Carolyn Meadowcroft
for helping Habitat for Humanity homeowners navigate the complexities of applying for and getting a mortgage.
Rising Star - Matilda “Tilly” Swanson
a junior at Aspen High School on the Robotics Team who mentors middle school students about robotics and spent lunch hours reading with a first grader in the Read With Me program.
Pitkin County Commissioners will honor the recipients at a special ceremony during their regular, televised meeting on Wednesday, October 23rd with a reception at 11:30 am at the Pitkin County Administration and Sheriff’s Office, 530 E. Main St., Aspen followed by a formal ceremony in the BOCC chambers. The ceremony will be televised live on CGTV Channel 11 and streamed live on www.aspenpitkin.com beginning at 12 noon. The public is invited to attend. Call 920-5204 for more information.