Fr. John Kiernan Awards
Please join us for the HAP Anniversary and 2015 John Kiernan Awards. Every year, the Hispanic Affairs Project recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations, and we are happy to honor Rick Baer, Beverly Lyne and the Mesa County Libraries Literacy Center. We hope you will join us on Saturday, September 19th at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate with us: JK Award 2015 ENG pdf, JK Award 2015 SPA pdf Outstanding Community Leader
Rick Baer was born and raised in a working class family in Southwest Colorado. Rick served a four year apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. In 1967 during this second year of apprenticeship Rick married Connie Nielson and the two of them raised two great kids, Gretchen and Charley. In 1977 he was elected to the office of Business Manager/Financial Secretary of his local union, IBEW 969. In addition to his role as the representative of the membership he also served as Vice President of the Colorado AFL-CIO. In 1983 he was appointed and served as a member of the Council on Industrial Relations in Washington DC from 1983 through 1988. Starting in 1993 he worked for the IBEW as a District construction organizing coordinator until his retirement at age 62 in 2007. After his retirement Rick found enjoyment in volunteerism. He volunteered nearly full time for the 2008 Obama for America Campaign. In 2009 Rick volunteered for the Organizing for America Campaign for the Affordable Care Act. In 2010 he volunteered with OFA on Senator Michael Bennet’s campaign. Starting in 2011, Rick volunteered for the 2012 Campaign for Barack Obama and served as the Redlands Neighborhood Team Leader. Rick was also selected along with several other OFA volunteers as a Motorcade driver for President Obama’s August 2012 visit and speaking event at Grand Junction High School. In 2013, Rick was chosen as one of four “Volunteers of the Year” by the Colorado Democratic Party and was honored at the 2013 Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Denver. Also in January 2013 Rick became the Grand Junction Team Leader of the latest configuration of OFA – Organizing for Action on their mission to advocate for the Affordable Health Care, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, community service and advocating for legislative action on global climate change. Outstanding Community Advocate
Beverly Lyne,RN, MSN, came into contact with human trafficking first in Uganda. In 2005 she co-founded a clinic in Uganda to meet the needs of people displaced by the civil war and provided care to people who had been kidnapped, driven into child slavery, forced into “marriage” and brainwashed into submission. She joined with a handful of Western slope people in 2013 to form what is now the Western Slope Against Trafficking group. She spearheaded trainings for health care and other service providers in the Grand Valley and has presented at regional conferences, always hoping to help attendees to develop lenses that can begin to identify potential trafficking victims. She is collaborating with the regional hospitals and targeted providers to implement standardized screening questions for the frontline staff to use to quickly identify people who may be trafficked. She constantly brings the topic to the table, even at a symphony concert where she was seated next to an emergency department doctor. Beverly’s path to nursing included a BS in Secondary Education (Social Studies) and instructing courses for the Colorado Outward Bound School. She earned a BS in Nursing in 1986 and an MS in Community Health Nursing in 1990. As an assistant professor of nursing at CMU she taught Community Health Nursing, Complementary and Alternative Healing Modalities, and Fundamentals of Nursing. She taught Community Health Nursing Certification courses for the University of Colorado. She is currently employed at the Grand Valley Oncology Clinic and continues to work in resource-challenged countries. Her community health specialization focused on populations in developing countries – Uganda, Haiti and Nicaragua. Trips have included Northern Nicaragua HIV/AIDS education since 1990, Hurricane Mitch response in Nicaragua where she worked with a Cuban medical team, 2010 Haiti earthquake response and cholera support with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer and Save the Children, as well as teaching cello in the middle of the rubble in Port-au-Prince. Collaboration with the Uganda clinic, also, continues. Time not at work or volunteering finds her hiking, mountain biking, back country skiing and enjoying music with friends and family. Outstanding Community Organization
The Mesa County Library Literacy Center provides adult literacy services to both native English speakers and non-English speaking adults residing in Mesa County, Colorado. This service is provided at no cost to students and is intended to improve students’ self-sufficiency and to provide opportunities for broader engagement with the Mesa County community. Literacy Center programs consist of individual and group instruction in reading, writing, English, citizenship preparation, computer skills and computerized language learning software. The Literacy Center offers dedicated staff to provide a standardized student assessment that gauges student need and provides appropriate language class placement. Literacy Center staff also offer ongoing tutor training support and resources. Student achievements are regularly measured and celebrated. The Literacy Center recognizes the dedication of our volunteers at the annual Tutor Recognition Dinner which provides students an opportunity to celebrate Literacy tutors who in 2014 donated 5,790 hours of instruction. Student accomplishments are also celebrated at the annual Student Achievement Picnic. The event is well attended by students, their families and Literacy Center tutors. The Literacy Center prides itself on partnering with other organizations to honor diversity in our community. Literacy Center staff are active members of the Latino Chamber and the CMU Cultural Diversity Board. The Literacy Center observes Hispanic Heritage Month and hosts Culture Fest, an event designed to highlight and celebrate Mesa County’s wonderfully diverse community. Culture Fest showcases the varied cultures represented in our community through programs featuring the music and dance, art and foods of our students. In 2014 The Literacy Center was selected as the recipient of the Jean Maio Award for Excellence in Adult Literacy by the Colorado Association of Libraries.