The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce conducted its annual awards dinner on July 13, 2012, at the Prescott Resort. Photo by Cheryl Hartz.
Prescott Valley Heritage Award
PV Library Director Stuart Mattson
The Kid's Trading Post/Prescott Valley Beauty Shop
Heidi Dahms-Foster Special to the Tribune
Community members who have given above and beyond to others or made an impact on Prescott Valley's quality of life during the past year received honors Saturday night at the PV Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet at the Prescott Resort.
Community Service Award winners are nominated by members of the community, and finalists are selected by a committee consisting of the Chamber CEO and board chair, a town council person, a member of the clergy, a member of the Humboldt Unified School District board, and a community member at large. Following are the winners of the 2012 Community Service awards.
Citizen of the Year
Boys to Men Organization
"Five years ago Richard Mansbach had a vision and a passion to work with teenage boys," his nominee said. "He brought the Boys to Men organization to our area and has built it to a full-fledged center that is doing great work with teenage boys.
"Boys to Men is an experiential mentor training to provide mentors with the skills they need to listen, accept, admire and respond to the young men they are mentoring. They then developed a dramatic, life-changing rite of passage weekend experience, where the boys are challenged to look at what is working and not working in their lives. They learn to trust themselves and one another, as well as the staff that support them through the process.
"The results of this program have created a dramatic effect on young men. They are learning skills that make them leaders among their peers. They are taking a risk by being different, telling the truth, and sharing their feelings. And perhaps most important, their new behavior gives those around them, their friends, family and community, permission to do the same.
"Boys to Men has been endorsed by, and works very close with, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yavapai County, building a model that other Big Brother Big Sister organizations around the state can adopt.
"It was the dedication and work of Richard Mansbach to take a vision of making a difference in the lives of young boys and to make it a reality. Because of him we now have successful, capable young men."
Norm Pariseau Volunteer of the Year
Chaplain Services, YRMC
"Diane displays all the qualities of a valuable volunteer, exemplifying the spirit of cooperation," her nominee said. "She is selfless in her approach to service and her work ethic is outstanding.
"Diane has served at the Chaplain and Chaplain serves chair. As a Chaplain she ministers to patients and their families with regular visits. She also provides leadership for the chaplains. Diane recruits, interviews and trains new chaplains.
"When the Family Birthing Center was opened Diane was instrumental in forming a Fetal Demise Bereavement Team to assist parents at the loss of their pre-born child. This was new to the campus and her leadership was essential. She also serves as liaison between Chaplain Services and the Family Birthing Center, fostering communication between the staff and the Chaplains. Diane is also the Family Birthing Center Patient Services Assistant and Volunteer Chair.
"For all the people she ministers to, for all the assistance she lends to staff, for all the 'behind the scenes' tasks that benefit our patients, we are deeply grateful. She is an extraordinary volunteer!"
Student of the Year
"Kehtrina is an outstanding woman with a heart for people with disabilities and challenges," her nominee said. "She stepped up for a young man with challenges at Bradshaw Mountain High School and invited him to the Homecoming Dance. The following year he was voted by the student body as Homecoming King. Her heart for the homeless has been and still is continuous. Kehtrina will assist others to reach their highest potential. This is a reflection of her integrity and character as well as her compassion for others.
"Kehtrina maintained a 3.0 grade point average and was dual enrolled in Yavapai College. Kehtrina's service to the school goes above and beyond serving on many committees, sports programs and on student council throughout her four years at Bradshaw. She was a Prescott Area Leadership Youth of the Year finalist and received a scholarship to attend Grand Canyon University.
"This is a young woman who will definitely make a difference in the lives of others as she pursues her dreams and goals."
"One thing that stands out about Scott is his positive 'can do' attitude," his nominee said. "As the assistant general manager and director of operations for Tim's Toyota Center he comes in contact with many people looking to hold their events in Prescott Valley. He represents Tim's and our community in a very professional and positive way and his willingness to find a solution to any problem or issue is very much appreciated. Scott goes out of his way to make those he comes in contact with feel welcome and help make their event or program a success. Scott was very instrumental in working with AIA in assuring that the tournaments held at Tim's went off without a problem and was also a part of the team that worked to have AIA commit to the 3-year contract. The hours he has spent for the success of the AIA tournaments is immeasurable.
"Scott always has a smile and his attitude in dealing with the many groups he comes in contact with make him an asset to our town and the ultimate community booster."
Chamber Member of the Year
Fireside Grill Restaurant
"The Fireside Grill has overcome the impossible. This restaurant opened in a space that had been vacant for way too long," the nominator said. "Kevin Leffler and Dan McGreary gave Prescott Valley the 'place to be' once again. Not only is the food great, they gave us a destination to gather with friends before and after hockey games, events at the ED center and a place for meetings and celebrations. They also give back to the community. In 2011, before they opened, they provided Neighbor to Neighbor the location to host their annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and once again opened their doors to support Neighbor to Neighbor this year. It's always a pleasure to be at the Fireside Grill any time of day; the atmosphere is comfortable, the staff courteous and knowledgeable and the food is reasonable and very well done."
Organization of the Year
United Animal Friends
"United Animal Friends (UAF) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that works to find compassionate ways to improve the lives of people and pets in our community," the nominator said. "While UAF's primary focus is on the well-being and kind treatment of animals, its secondary objective is to temporarily assist pet owners care for animals that enrich our lives.
"UAF's goal is to have no more homeless pets in Yavapai County. This can be accomplished primarily through spay/neuter and foster/adoption programs. UAF's adoptable cats and dogs live in volunteer foster homes, where they are cared for and taught appropriate behaviors that increase their chances of successful adoption. Since UAF was formed in 2003, it has found loving new homes for more than 4,000 animals.
"In addition to altering all pets in its care, UAF provides low-cost spay/neuter certificates to low-income pet owners who might not otherwise be able to have their pets altered. Since its start nine years ago, UAF has altered more than 10,000 animals.
"UAF also helps pet owners keep their pets in times of financial hardship through its 'Friends for Life Program,' which include a Pet Food Bank and assistance with emergency veterinary bills.
"Through its Courtesy Listing Program, UAF helps individuals locate good homes for their companion animals in the event they can no longer care for them.
"No other organization touches the lives of animals and people in our community in the same ways as United Animal Friends."
Prescott Valley Military Monument
"This is an example of a grassroots effort at its best," the nominator said. "What began as an idea to honor our veterans has become a reality. Through the efforts of a small group of caring and dedicated community citizens, The Prescott Military Service Monument committee, the Prescott Valley Military Monument has become a place of honor and remembrance in the Civic Center.
"Breaking ground on November 11, 2009, on land dedicated by the Town of Prescott Valley, the monument was to include elements of meditation and contemplation to honor the people who have served our nation in all branches of military service without naming specific individuals or wars/conflicts as this artistic message will be all-encompassing, for all who have served, are serving or will serve in the future.
"The monument features an 8-foot-high v-shaped block wall, topped with black granite which contains six bronze plagues for each branch of military service. It is surrounded by beautiful landscaping, benches and our flags. In addition to the monument there is a Walk of Honor, two 22-long by 4- foot-wide sections, each section containing up to 372 bricks. These bricks were purchased for veterans, businesses or organizations supporting the monument. The veteran's bricks include their name, rank, branch and time of service etched into the brick.
"The Prescott Valley Military Monument was formally dedicated on September 11, 2011, and today stands as a shining example of a town that honors our Veterans, past, present and future."
The Kid's Trading Post/Prescott Valley Beauty Shop
"Taking a building that has been vacant for several years and turning it into not only one but two businesses takes vision, finances and a lot of hard work," the nominator said. "Such is the case with Tim Kittel. In September 2011 he took the 5,000 sq. ft. building located on the north frontage road between Navajo and Truewood and started to work. With just himself, family and a few friends Tim completely gutted, renovated and remodeled the building. He finally completed the project in May of 2012 opening a kids store and a beauty shop. Coming soon is another retail business in the building.
"Tim's investment has not only contributed to the economy of Prescott Valley but also to improving and enhancing the appearance of our business corridor."
2012 Heritage Award
Prescott Valley Library
"Stuart's tenure as Director of Prescott Valley Public Library spans 25 incredible years," the nomination stated. "Since 1987, the library has grown, changed, and met a variety of challenges that came with that growth. These changes involved technology, collections, and of course people, people of the Town as well as staff. In 1984, a new free standing library building was built on Yavapai Rd. This is the location of the library when Stuart came as Director. It is his favorite building and he commissioned an artist to paint the building, which still hangs in the Administrative Conference Room next to his office.
"In 1995 the library was fully automated and joined the Yavapai Library Network. Once the Civic Center was completed, the Prescott Valley Public Library moved into the third floor, triple the floor space.
"The plan was for the library to occupy this space for ten years. A master plan was prepared for the next phase of the library's expansion. That expansion grew in proportion to the enormous vision of the Town, fulfilling the mission of creating a family-oriented facility in partnership with Yavapai Community College and Northern Arizona University. The current library facility grew to triple the floor space again, offering a far greater range of people-friendly spaces, from an interactive wall in Children's to a Virtual Reality Room, Roof-top Terrace, Auditorium, Café, and Meeting Room. When the library opened, we were the first library in northern Arizona to incorporate RFID tags (Radio Frequency IDentification) and an automated sorter to handle the increase in volume of materials in circulation. Additionally, a novel staffing model was put into place, using Town staff from all Departments since no new staff were hired in the down economy.
"Prescott Valley Public Library has a big heart for people because Stuart is a big-hearted Director. He has worked in partnership with many contributors, such as the Friends of the Prescott Valley Public Library, the Prescott Valley Public Library Foundation, the Board of Trustees, The Yavapai County Library District, the Yavapai Library Network, the Adult Literacy Group and many more. So many people have given so much to the Library over the years. Countless volunteers. The McBride Family donated nearly $1,000,000 in the '90's. It has been an exciting journey. We have yet to discover all we can do with this awesome facility but one thing is sure, a grand foundation has been laid, largely due to the dedication and hard work of Stuart Mattson."