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Vote for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year

Jul 22, 2019 04:09PM ● By Beacon Senior News

The Volunteer of the Year is someone who goes above and beyond in making a difference in the lives of others. The winner will be announced at BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair at Montrose Pavilion on Thursday, September 19. With such wonderful volunteers to choose from, we’re leaving it up to you, dear readers, to vote for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

Click here to vote online! The voting is closed. Find out who readers selected as Volunteer of the Year at BeaconFest at the Montrose Pavilion on Thursday, September 19. For more information, call 970-243-8829 or email [email protected]

Ray Holladay

Ray Holladay

Nominated by Tania Hajjar, Montrose Regional Library District

Ray Holladay began volunteering at the Montrose Library just four years ago, yet we can’t imagine a time without him. Ray’s official volunteer title is shelver, which means he helps by putting returned items back on the shelves. You might think this would be a simple task in a quiet, peaceful environment, but shelving requires a focused mind to ensure accuracy, strong arms and back to push heavy book carts, and a cheerful spirit to work in a sometimes chaotic public space. Many of the library’s shelve-ers work seasonally, but Ray commits to helping year-round. He comes not once, but twice a week to make sure that the 20,000 books, DVDs, magazines and other materials that circulate each month are back in a place where people can find them. He’s also a willing sub for other volunteers, frequently stepping in at a moment’s notice. But that’s not all. What else needs to be done? Rearrange all the picture books and shelving units in the Children’s Room? No problem! Provide crowd control at a rowdy Star Wars Day party? Sure! Judge the staff holiday bake-off competition? You bet! And in the best example of going above and beyond the call of duty? Ray dons a full-body fursuit and Snoopy head in support of National Library Card Sign Up Month. Ray is willing, helpful, cheerful and a superhero volunteer!

Tanya Ishikawa

Tanya Ishikawa

Nominated by Pamela Cannalte, Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce & Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership

Tanya volunteers her time with several local organizations, including:


  • League of Women Voters: 3-6 volunteer hours per month
  • Ridgway Chamber: 4-8 volunteer hours per month
  • Denver Urban Spectrum: 4-8 volunteer hours per half-year
  • Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership: 2 volunteer hours per month
  • Great Old Broads for Wilderness: 1-3 volunteer hours per month
  • Ridgway schools: 20-30 volunteer hours per half-year
  • Ridgway-Ouray Community Council: 4-6 volunteer hours per half-year
  • Sneffels Marathon: 3 volunteer hours per year
  • Communities That Care: 4 volunteer hours per half-year
Mari-Emilee Sweigart

Nominated by Volunteers of America

Mari-Emilee has been with the Cedaredge Library for four years and has volunteered in the Activity Department at Horizons Care Center, Volunteers of America for three years. She comes in once a month to bring interesting reads to our residents. She has such a heart for the elderly and sees to it that the residents’ understanding of life remains intact.