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Working hard for good news

Jeffco’s do-gooders in the workforce recognized at annual breakfast event


Hundreds of people attended the 28th annual Good News Breakfast on April 24 to hear about the good things happening in Jefferson County.

This year’s theme was Jeffco at Work: Providing Pathways for a Changing World. Nine local individuals or organizations were honored for their commitment to serving Jefferson County and for aligning with the year’s theme — supporting, encouraging and preparing Jeffco community members for the 21st century workforce.

The Good News Breakfast originated in 1989 when Terry Nelson, Jim Billings and Alan Landes implemented the Good News Coalition. Their purpose was to promote the good things happening in Jefferson County.

To learn more about the Good News Breakfast, visit www.goodnewsjeffco.org.

2018 Good News Breakfast honorees

Honoree: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s Deputy David Bruening, school resource officer at Dakota Ridge High School.

Honored for: Developing a weeklong Youth Academy that includes formal classroom courses as well as interactive experiences with the SWAT team and K9s.

Honoree: Jeffco Schools’ Community and Family Connections Team: Rebecca Dunn, Laura Monreal, Beatriz Monsalve, Oscar Fonseca, Naomi Xayavongsa and Amy McDaniel.

Honored for: Overseeing the services for many of the 3,000 students in Jeffco experiencing homelessness.

Honoree: Athan Miller, co-owner of Jack’s & Steamers in Arvada

Honored for: Employing a number of people with disabilities who learn how to interact with restaurant and coffee shop customers. Miller teaches critical skills that help students find employment in the restaurant industry.

Honoree: Jeffco Public Library’s Girls in STEM

Honored for: Inspiring middle school girls to pursue careers in the sciences by offering free, interactive STEM classes at Bell Middle School. The Golden Library also hosts an annual STEM Girls Competition in conjunction with the Colorado School of Mines for fifth through eighth graders.

Honoree: Jeffco Boys & Girls Club: Director Shelly Kelley, Det. Dave Adams and Probation Officer Fred Peters

Honored for: Providing an after-school program where students receive mentoring and support to become contributing citizens of the community, seek higher education and enter the workforce in skilled positions.

Honoree: Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center

Honored for: Promoting economic vitality by matching employees to businesses. The center offers numerous programs that assist diverse community members in entering new careers, enhancing their education and training for new work opportunities.

Honoree: Chef Joachim Schaaf

Honored for: His 28-year effort of empowering Jeffco high school students to pursue careers in culinary arts and for providing adult education through Red Rocks Community College and the Rocky Mountain Chefs apprenticeship program. Schaaf was also entered into the Good News Breakfast’s Hall of Fame for the many years he and his students at Warren Tech have provided the food at the Good News Breakfast.

Honoree: Gold Crown Enrichment

Honored for: Providing instruction and mentoring for hundreds of children, age 10-18, through hands-on learning opportunities.


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