Mayor’s Awards for Excellence
Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan extends her congratulations to seven Golden residents who have made exceptional contributions to our community. Each honoree was presented a 2012 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in October.
In evaluating nominees for these awards, a committee considered factors such as taking initiative, exercising leadership, solving community problems, creating community value and serving as a role model.
In addition to the individual awards, the Mayor presented an award for Business of the Year based on qualities like entrepreneurial spirit and success, innovation, job creation in Golden and civic contributions.
2012 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners
- Carrie Bazewicz for her outstanding contributions to the education of children in Golden schools: implementing the game-changing Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program at Mitchell Elementary, which promotes understanding and appreciation of the natural world; and working as an enthusiastic, supportive classroom volunteer.
- Dan Dwyer for his exceptional achievements in improving the health, fitness , and community spirit of Golden residents: working to make the Golden stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge a success (twice – so far), organizing the Foothills Running and Biking Club, participating in the bikeability task force, serving on the board of Leadership Golden, and setting a fitness example.
- Tracy Evanko for her quiet but unflagging efforts toward implementing the Golden vision: joining with others to found Golden Resource for Education, Art and Theater (G.R.E.A.T.), which instituted the popular nights of movies and music in the park; successfully leading the way to the City’s December 2010 significant purchase of the 14-acre Bachman parcel at West 4th Avenue and Heritage Road for open space in Golden; and generally connecting her south Golden neighbors with each other.
- Marv Kay for his long-term encouragement of all that is good in Golden: representing our town as mayor and mayor emeritus and serving as chair of Golden’s Blue Ribbon panel, honorary co-chair of the 2012 Jeffco Schools Mill and Bond Campaign, member of the Golden Good Government League, mentor of numerous civic leaders, and valued Colorado School of Mines leader and guide.
- Julie Kerwin for establishing a healthy method of fundraising at Shelton Elementary: substituting a 5K race for the sale of unhealthy corporate products such as candy and cookie dough, starting a running club to prepare children for participation in the race (60 children registered this fall), and creating a successful and sustainable community event.
- Greg Poulos for founding, guiding, and chairing the Golden Schools Foundation, an innovative organization dedicated to a vision of excellence, high performance, and accountability in the Golden articulation area: polling residents on their expectations and reviews of Golden schools, formulating strategic goals, with the aim of having 95% of Golden students choose enrollment in their neighborhood schools.
- Ted Rains for his thirty-three years of spearheading the Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program: repairing and distributing between 6,000 and 9,000 free bicycles to residents of Golden and the metro area, students at the Colorado School of Mines, Native Americans, and citizens of Mexico, Haiti, and Tanzania.
- Kathleen Callender (founder) and Heather Callender-Potters (co-chair of board of directors and Kathy’s daughter) of PharmaJet, named Business of the Year for its remarkable contribution to global health: transforming the way vaccines and liquid medications are delivered by developing and marketing a unique, efficient, affordable, and life-saving needle-free syringe.