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Nominations for 2017 Governor’s Service Awards to honor Colorado volunteers being accepted

Author: Ernest Luning - June 26, 2017 - Updated: June 26, 2017

Colorado's Capitol dome gleams in the sunlight in this picture taken on Opening Day of the Legislature, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)Colorado’s Capitol dome gleams in the sunlight in this picture taken on Opening Day of the Legislature, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics file)

Nominations are open for the Governor’s Service Awards, presented annually to recognize Colorado residents and organizations for their contributions to volunteerism and service throughout the state, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office announced this week.

The awards have been handed out for more than 20 years by Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. This year, they will be presented at an awards ceremony on Sept. 7 at the state Capitol.

“This indomitable spirit, this drive to help our neighbor, to lift up those who have fallen down, is the spirit of Colorado,” said Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne at last year’s awards presentation. “This spirit is evidenced today in the actions of those we have come together to honor.”

Nominations for the awards are due at 5 p.m. July 18. They can be submitted using this online form or using the Service Colorado website.

This year there are 10 award categories (see the Service Colorado site for details about specific requirements for some of the awards):

  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • Outstanding Veteran Volunteer
  • Outstanding Community Leader
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Organization
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Member
  • Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni
  • Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer

Last year’s honorees were:

Outstanding Volunteer: Wendell Schuler
Outstanding Veteran Volunteer: Frank Perkins
Outstanding Community Leader: Julie Reiskin
Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: Community Reach Center
Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member: Lyndsey Williams
Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Grace Fullmer
Outstanding AmeriCorps NCCC Member: NCCC Team Sun 2
Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer: Steve Austin
Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni: Garett Brownlee Plantz
Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer: Steve Werner

Contact Nellie Stagg at 303-866-2119 or via email at for more information on the awards and Service Colorado.


Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.