Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards

The Garfield County Human Services Commission and the Board of County Commissioners host the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards annually.

2018 award winners

2018 Humanitarian of the Year winners

Marcie Wenzel - Immeasurable Energy Award
Marcie has been employed by Mountain Valley Developmental for more than 22 years. Her work as a Direct Services Professional has had a positive influence on the hundreds of individuals she has served, and on her co-workers.

One of her clients wrote, "Marcie has worked with us for 22 years; she is always there when we need her."

Another nominator wrote, "She always goes above and beyond the call of duty, and shares her kindness and wisdom with everyone in her humble way. Marcie has a calm way of always encouraging and supporting our individuals to reach for their dreams, learn to become independent, and develop connections with our wonderful and accepting community. Marcie is a humanitarian in her daily life in and out of her work at Mountain Valley."

Miguel Gonzalez - Inspiring Youth Award
Miguel Gonzales gives back to the community in a variety of ways. He is a volunteer for Grand River Health and Lift-Up, where he delivers homebound individuals meals. He also prepares lunches for more than 100 children in need. He is also a member of National Honor Society, and he gives back in various ways at his school, as well. He is described as the student you want to have in your classroom. He is dedicated, dependable, and a leader.

Celeste Barnett - Contagious Passion Award
Celeste Barnett is a shining star in the Garfield County Probation Department. She started over 13 years ago, and is one of those rare individuals who has clients glad they are on probation. Who is able to do that?

Her passion is working with female probation clients, and she has made it clear to all in the office that she is available 24/7 if one of her clients needs her. Her clients struggle with drug addiction, domestic violence, legal issues and more. She currently heads, and was instrumental in creating, the Female Offender Program at the probation department, moving women offenders toward sobriety and empowerment.

Celeste does not just do her job, she truly believes in her clients, and does everything she can to move each woman to better her situation. As one nominee state, "Because of her, women are recovering and their lives are being restored."

Tom Ice - The Heart of the Operation Award
Dedication and perseverance are hallmarks of Tom Ice. He is a humble man, who leads others on missions to save those who are hurt or lost. Tom serves at the president of Garfield County Search and Rescue all-volunteer organization.
That doesn't mean Tom is the person in the office, as he is a crucial team leader and member who goes out in the field, despite the often adverse conditions, to help those in need. He leaders others, and is an expert in search and rescue techniques and efforts to ensure saving lives. In addition, he is a quiet, reassuring person, who provides a calm presence for those waiting for news of their loved ones.

Past inductees
Humanitarian Service Awards 2016 from Garfield County on Vimeo.
1989-2017 winners-| This event is not a fundraiser for any agency, Garfield County, or the Human Services Commission. For nearly 30 years, the awards dinner has honored residents of Garfield County for their selfless contributions to make our community an ever-more vibrant, diverse, caring, sustainable, supportive and safe place to live, work and play.


Human Service Awards began: 1989

To recognize outstanding volunteer and community efforts in Garfield County

Who may be nominated? Anyone, of any age, who has performed selfless acts for the good of the community.

Who may nominate: Anyone who has observed someone contributing to the welfare of Garfield County residents.

Categories: Youth, adult and senior volunteer, staff member. The committee may create more categories to fit extraordinary humanitarian efforts.

When is the nomination period? through February 23, 2018 at 4 pm

NOTE: Any previous winner of a Garfield County Humanitarian Service Award is ineligible for nomination. Nominees who were not category winners are eligible for re-nomination.
1989-2017 winners

Garfield County Human Services Commission
PO Box 1548
Glenwood Springs, CO  81602

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