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John Husband wins 2015 Volunteer of Year Award

Husband praises community members who tackle tough everyday problems

Michael Neary

Janele Husband accepted, on behalf of John Husband, the community’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year award Wednesday afternoon at the Pavilion.

— John Husband has been honored with the 2015 Moffat County United Way Volunteer of the Year award, but in his acceptance speech he looked outward and lauded the community.

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe presented the award to Husband's wife, Janele Husband, who read from her husband’s acceptance speech during a luncheon Wednesday at the Pavilion. Before the gathering, Amanda Arnold, executive director of the Moffat County United Way, stressed that the award reflected the gratitude of city councilors, county commissioners and the United Way for all of the community's volunteers.

Janele Husband accepted, on behalf of John Husband, the community's 2015 Volunteer of the Year award Wednesday afternoon at the Pavilion.Michael Neary

Janele Husband accepted the award because John Husband, as she explained, had just begun a five-day Yampa River trip.

In his speech, Husband noted a number "challenges of everyday living that can be overwhelming," such as "affordable health care, safe and secure housing, good nutrition, (and) raising children with a positive outlook on life."

He also praised the people in the community "who lend a hand up, prepare meals and provide clothing for those in need, work for affordable housing, deliver health care, actively promote youth activities to educate and instill confidence, beautify our city, and in many other ways serve our community."

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After the ceremony, Janele Husband noted the importance of the arts in their lives. Janele is a photographer and John is a musician.

"We're always trying to grow the arts," she said.

Before presenting the award, Grobe delivered a speech that detailed some of John Husband's contributions. Those included mentoring young musicians, "lining up live local music for community events," rowing senior citizens down the Yampa River, volunteering at Special Olympics and a variety of other activities.

The speech also noted that John Husband is an officer of the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads "and an active member of the Craig Kiwanis Club."

John Husband is retired, after a career working for the Bureau of Land Management.