Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award

The Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award is named in memory of PetAid Animal Hospital volunteer, Jim Crafts. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions that volunteers make to enhance the animal welfare community.

Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Past Award Recipients:
 

2015 AJ Angel
This year, we honored AJ Angel, who has volunteered his time to PetAid as handyman, plumber, electrician, and bartender, and has done event setup, staffing, and tear down. He is always willing to lend a hand, giving generously of his time and his talents. We are eternally grateful that he has been so willing to help us out however and whenever we have need. So it was with great pleasure that PetAid presented to AJ the 2015 Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award--given out annually to honor a volunteer who exemplifies exceptional commitment of time, talent, and spirit that inspires others. Congratulations, AJ!

2014 Craig Cousins, John Oslick, Bri Pasko, and Joan Vandewater
PetAid Colorado has many outstanding volunteers who do wonderful work in support of our programs and mission. Four exemplary volunteers are Craig Cousins, John Oslick, Bri Pasko, and Joan Vandewater of VRCC Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital. Through their efforts, they've created a community-building event called Battle of the Vet Hospital Stars. VRCC hosts the Battle of the Vet Hospital Stars to mark National Disaster Preparedness Month in September. This fun-filled competition allows veterinary teams to pit their skills against their peers, and hone their competitive spirit. It's all in fun, but with an important underlying purpose. The event benefits PetAid Disaster Services, which plays a key role in animal emergency planning, animal evacuation, and pet care during disasters throughout the state. Not only has this great event helped us share our message, but through their efforts, they've raised over $30,000 to help Disaster Services in the important work they do to assist animals in need when disaster strikes close to home here in Colorado. So it is with great pleasure that PetAid presented the 2014 Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award to Craig, John, Bri, and Joan. 

2013 Heather Becker, DVM
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps has many outstanding volunteers who do wonderful work during times of disaster and during the quieter times of the year. One exemplary volunteer is Heather Becker, DVM, of Animal Emergency Medical Training in Colorado Springs. Dr. Becker has been instrumental in promoting PetAid Colorado's Disaster Services message on the importance of disaster preparedness for pets and appeared in the PetAid Colorado video that debuted at Mutts & Models 2013. Dr. Becker's volunteer efforts also include teaching Pet First Aid for the organization during the Highlands Ranch Scottish Festival, and her tireless work as a veterinary professional during the Black Forest Fire. It is PetAid Colorado's honor to present Dr. Heather Becker with the 2013 Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award. On behalf of PetAid Colorado, thank you Dr. Heather Becker for your volunteerism and altruism.

2012 Stacy McVicker, DVM
This year, we honored Dr. Stacy McVicker for sharing her expertise and contributing countless hours to ensure that pets whose owners cannot access veterinary services in an animal hospital receive the care they need to stay healthy and in their homes. Providing for these animals and people is something PetAid Colorado can only accomplish through its Home Outreach program because of people like Dr. McVicker.

2011 Robert Vonau, DVM, DACVS
The Foundation gave this year's award to Dr. Robert Vonau, an active and dedicated volunteer at the foundation's hospital for pets of people in need, PetAid Animal Hospital in Denver. Dr. Vonau, a boarded surgeon, donates his time, skills, and expertise each week to save lives and prevent suffering. Since starting at PetAid Animal Hospital in August 2010 he has volunteered more than 220 hours even while maintaining a busy private practice in surgery. He offers consultations to PetAid Animal Hospital clients and performs surgeries, all while offering guidance and camaraderie to staff members. Dr. Vonau is wonderful with the furry patients as well, and is definitely an animal lover. We want to deeply thank the volunteer service that Dr. Vonau has provided to PetAid Animal Hospital. Because of him, we are able to help more people and treat more animals.

2010 Brandis Becky-Pelletier and Mandy Nadler
This year the the Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award goes to a pair of high-fashion volunteers, Brandis Becky-Pelletier and Mandy Nadler. Brandis and Mandy have served in supporting PetAid Colorado's annual and original Mutts and Models Canine and Celebrity Fashion Show, the largest fundraising event of the year for PetAid Animal Hospital, and anyone here knows that it takes a great team to make it happen. Brandis and Mandy have show measureable organizational skills and patience, as well as a fabulous knack for fashion. With their help, they raise nearly $100,000 annually through Mutts and Models for PetAid Animal Hospital! The volunteer hours they have put in are countless. They have contributed through creative brainstorming, designer and celebrity recruitment, and event planning. PetAid Colorado is truly grateful for the time and expertise they have given to us -- it is immeasurable.

2009 Patty Demkovich, Jackie Ferguson, and Karen Wojdyla
This year the Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award went to a trio of sisters, Karen Wojdyla, Jackie Ferguson, and Patty Demkovich. These three sisters do an outstanding job of making volunteering a "family affair." They know that getting involved as volunteers for PetAid Animal Hospital is one of the best decisions they've made not only for themselves but for PetAid Animal Hospital. While being a hospital volunteer can involve a lot of work, the sister will tell you that it is also fun, interesting, and extremely rewarding. Jackie, Patty, and Karen have taken the initiative to not only dedicate themselves to the needs of PetAid Animal Hospital but to ALL of PetAid Colorado's programs. Whether it is by helping with a 10,000-piece mailing for Colorado's Animal Heroes over the weekend, educating the public about PetAid Colorado at community fairs, or volunteering for Spay Day, these three sisters truly embody the spirit of the Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award.