Fitting that the volunteer of the year would be volunteering.
Instead of relaxing and enjoying the evening, Tanya Ferguson -- the recipient of the Georgina McAnally Volunteer of the Year Award -- will once again be donating her time to a worthy cause. She will work as a bartender at tonight's Cowboy Christmas fundraiser, an event where she'll be honored.
"Hopefully I won't have to get up and do a speech," Ferguson said Friday during a break from work at Ridgeview Elementary School. "But, if I have to, I will."
It's that go-getter attitude that propelled the Boys & Girls Club of Craig to award Ferguson as Volunteer of the Year, a distinction now named after the late community-oriented McAnally. McAnally, a local resident credited as the driving force behind the local Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors programs, passed away earlier this year.
Ferguson exemplifies the same giving spirit as McAnally, Boys & Girls Club members said.
"It's not about awards and stuff," said Ferguson, who works at the elementary school as a special education aid and helps a severe needs fourth-grader. "It's stuff you just do, volunteering. It's something I've always done since high school."
Ferguson said she was humbled when learning of her winning the Volunteer of the Year Award.
"I was hoping somebody else would win," she said. "I was really surprised and really honored, too."
Ferguson also works as a youth sports coach, scout leader and is a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club. A Berthoud native, she has lived in Craig for nearly a decade.
Ferguson credits her mother, Linda Angove, with instilling in her a volunteering spirit.
"It's my mom," Ferguson quipped. "It's all her fault."
Ferguson is in her second-year as an aide at Ridgeview. Before that, she worked as a pre-school teacher for a Head Start program for two years. Working with kids is important to her, she said.
"I've always wanted to work with kids," she said. "Coaching and teaching is always something I liked doing and I like the kids, too."
Ferguson, 33, has been married to her husband, Jeff Ferguson, for 11 years. They have two children: a son, Garrett, who is a fourth-grade student at Ridgeview, and a daughter, Sidney, who is a second-grade student also at Ridgeview.
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