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BOEC's Inspirations E-Newsletter
BOEC's Inspirations
The Official Newsletter of the BOEC
BOEC's Inspirations E-Newsletter
Dear Friend of BOEC,

We are excited to present the third edition of Inspirations, BOEC's monthly newsletter and hope that you will find here some of the inspiration that keeps us going every day!
 
The month of March seemed to pass us by in a blur as we reacted to the sudden escalation of COVID-19 in Summit County and across the country. We suspended the BOEC Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program for the season on March 13th and have postponed the start of the summer Wilderness Program until we know that it is safe to do so.  

As we all commit to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, we want to keep you all up to date on BOEC activities and highlight those who provide inspiration to us on a daily basis.  

In this issue, we wanted to share stories like that of Jane Barber, a long time friend, volunteer, and instructor, who felt it was important to make a contribution that would support BOEC instructors during this challenging time. And we introduce you to our very own Jaime Overmyer who over 17 years has given so much to the participants of BOEC and shows how BOEC team members are giving back to the community through volunteering with local food bank deliveries and organizations such as FIRC and the Summit County Community & Seniors Center.

We hope that you enjoy reading about those who are inspiring us and invite you to send us stories about how YOU are doing and where you are finding inspiration during this challenging time. It is our hope that we will be back offering life-changing programming to those we are so dedicated to serving and thank each of you for your part in supporting us in our goal to do just that. 

Stay safe and stay positive,
Sonya Norris
Sonya Norris
Executive Director
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Meaningful Support When We Needed it Most!
A letter from BOEC donor, volunteer and instructor:

I have been involved with the BOEC since 2002 when I first moved to Breckenridge. My nursing background and love of skiing made the Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program a perfect fit for my passions. I started out as a volunteer assisting on lessons and gradually became more involved as a lead instructor once I obtained my certifications in adaptive and alpine ski instructing. More recently, I became certified as a yoga instructor and have incorporated that discipline into the BOEC programming, offering before and after yoga sessions to staff and interns, as well as offerings to groups that come to participate in our ski program during the winter. 

My involvement has had me working closely with staff and interns for many years. One of the joys of my involvement is to get to know these young people as they launch their careers in adaptive sports and other allied health professions. Some even go on to become physicians. I love their passion, their energy and their tireless commitment to our clients. They are open to mentoring and advice. Their friendship is one of the main reasons I come back year after year to provide my services.

When the ski program was shut down early this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic I wanted to help in some way. It came to me as no surprise that management’s first priority was to assure that it’s seasonal staff was taken care of through the scheduled ski season. I made a donation to help with that financial commitment.

Blessings, Jane Barber
BOEC Gives Back !
On March 12th a group of BOEC staff spent the afternoon donating their time and resources to help bring food to the Summit County Community & Senior Center .

BOEC Wilderness Program Director, Jaime Overmyer had this to say:

" Typically this time of year our trucks are loaded down with gear for our amazing trips to western Colorado and Utah. But for now we will do what we can to help our community right here in Summit County and use our trucks to help move food for the food banks and the Senior Center. 

Photo (top right): BOEC staff poses for picture outside the Summit County Senior Center, April 9th.

Photo (bottom right): Christian Ryes and Rob Gutierrez unload food at the Senior Center, April 9th.
BOEC Gives Back to the Community
BOEC staff unloading food at senior center
It's the People Who Make BOEC Special
In a day and age where the average salaried employee works for their employer for just a little over four years, the BOEC greatly defies the norm. Wilderness Program Director Jaime Overmyer is now in her 17th year as part of the BOEC organization, and is one such employee that shatters the curve. Jaime is the epitome of what the BOEC is all about, and as we like to say, it’s the people who make BOEC so special. This is Jaime’s story in a nutshell.
BOEC Special Events Update
Banff Film Festival: Thank you to everyone who came out to support BOEC for two sold out nights of the Banff Mountain Film Festival . Together, you helped us raise over $74,000 for BOEC programming! We can't thank you enough for your support!
Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina ’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration benefiting the BOEC is being postponed until 2021 as together we all commit to doing our part to keep each other safe during this challenging time. We are very grateful to the entire Mi Casa family for the years of support of BOEC and look forward to an amazing Cinco de Mayo celebration next year!
Tee It Up Golf Scramble: The 11th Annual Tee it Up Golf Scramble benefiting BOEC's  adaptive programs is scheduled to take place Monday, August 24th . If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact Hallie at hallie@boec.org . To register as an individual or team, click here or use the button below.
What Your Support Means to U s
The value of BOEC has always been giving back to the community. Whether that is how we help expand each participant's potential through magical BOEC outdoor experiences or how 13 staff members jump to the opportunity to help organize food distribution in the county during the COVID-19 pandemic. BOEC is an essential operation in providing HOPE for the 3,000 participants we serve every year and the 300 volunteers and staff which make up the BOEC family. Giving to BOEC means you support this HOPE, just as you always have. We know you are in our corner.
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THANK YOU TO OUR KEY PARTNERS
The mission of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational and inspiring outdoor experiences.
BOEC is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit