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Sunriver Resort's “For the Love of Community Heroes” campaign invites community members to privately nominate their Oregon hero. In appreciation, we are offering a complimentary two-night stay at Sunriver Resort for some well-earned time to relax & unwind, amidst all the beauty Central Oregon offers.10 winners are selected each week, for 10 weeks. Below are just a few of the stories that our nominees have allowed us to share, more stories to come. We invite you to follow along our 10 week campaign and read all about our amazing Oregon heroes!
Wayne has been found, during this pandemic, driving around young elementary school students to school who qualified for limited in person instruction. Wayne, despite being considered high risk during the pandemic, didn’t let the virus or his condition stop kids from being able to go to and from school. Wayne greets each child with such a warm smile, and even though he faithfully wears his mask, the students can still sense its presence. Wayne has been a bright spot in the lives of so many children and families even when schools were fully locked down by driving his routes and delivering meals provided by the district. Families that rely on school meals to keep their children fed relied heavily on this service. We so appreciate Wayne, and the other amazing bus drivers in the district!
My grandmother, Patricia, is a community hero. She is an essential worker, a hard-working nurse who always puts others needs before her own. She has helped her patients in need throughout the pandemic, making sure they are supported and cared for at all times. In addition being an essential worker, she has continued to be the matriarch of our family, being a supportive and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is always aware of everyone’s needs and makes sure that they are met without being asked. She has never once complained or been afraid to work hard and be there for everyone when they need her most. She has spent her life being there for others with a pure heart.
Annie has been working nonstop to help the coastal community and economy this last year. As the co-owner of 7 Devils Brewery, Annie's kindness to their employees has been a shining example of what businessn owners should do. She coordinated care packages, meals, and resources for employees during the shut down. She's gone the extra mile to help employees.
As the brewery started family meals for purchase, she coordinated an option for people to purchase meals for local foster families as well, and had options for people to donate towards laundry cards for the homeless. Plus, Annie coordinated food donations for local homeless meals.
Annie shined during the wildfire relief response last fall as the brewery became the main hub for donations for communities who needed donations. Her connections with the community were shown as donations filled multiple school buses.
Annie also supports the local Surfrider chapter that has been doing socially distant beach clean ups this last year. She's always there with a smile!
Recently, Annie has been helping coordinate volunteers for vaccine drives in the community.
Annie works nonstop. Between helping the community and also as a business owner who has been a shining example during a year of uncertainty. Annie is getting ready to open a second location that will provide more jobs, support local producers, and support the community. Annie has also been busy making cermanics for the new location, she's a talented ceramic artist.
Annie is a loving mother, scientist who has studied in Antartica and overall an inspiration to the community.
My wife is my hero and if chosen I hope she would take the opportunity to visit Sunriver with one of her fellow coworkers who are also heroes. They work for a lesser known frontline industry; orthodontics. There they service patients in more dangerous and contaminated conditions than one may think. Sure, it may seem superficial to some (just getting braces) however, orthodontia comes with several airborne particles (think of tooth grinding, suctioning, etc) as well as risk of infectious degrees. Yet, these ladies went back to the office for patient care, sometimes changing out of their scrubs in their car or a garage before returning to their families. It may not be along the lines of a nurse, or firefighter but these are the frontline heroes in my life.
Rachael is my medical assistant at Valley Family Practice in Medford and she is one of the most dedicated employees we have. She is only 25 years old, and a mother of three beautiful girls. I have had several MA's over the past 8 years and she goes above and beyond to help her patients. She spends time to truly get to know her patients and calls them on her days off to check on them. If an elderly patient is ill she will call several days to even weeks in a row to check on them, she has been known to even offer to buy them groceries or bring them food. During the pandemic she has been a comfort to our patients and has helped everyone around her. If there is one person who has been a hero to our community it has been Rachael.
My husband is the MOST hardworking human I have ever met!!! Since Covid hit, his work has been allll over there place! He went from being laid off, to finding a new job as a painter, to work being super slow and so on. BUT whenever he is out of work, he will literally go out and find side work to cover our bills and cost of living! He NEVER fails to find side work, which I know is a blessing from God, but his persistence and his will to provide for his family never fails. He is a painter and a handy man so he is always helping those around him. My parents are also renovating their house and he has been putting in lots of long hard hours in helping them in whatever way he can!! Thank you!
Not only is Jenie a critical care nurse and a fantastic one at that, last summer she made a split decision to run into a room to provide care for a rapidly declining patient, inadvertently and unknowingly exposing herself and contracting COVID. The recovery process was long, she was unable to return to work for a couple of months. She is dedicated to her patients, often putting them before herself. She is a wonderful nurse and her patients are lucky to have her as their advocate and caregiver.
Sara has been a hero her entire life. The most kind and loving soul lost her father at the age of 16. She dedicated her life to helping her mom continue on and support her in raising her 3 year-old sister who was left behind. She didn’t leave their side while pursuing her nursing career that landed her now at the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg where she has treated patients for a decade. During this time, she knew she was called for more and completed her Nurse Practitioner Degree through Gonzaga while continuing to support her family and her community, which became family. She has managed the nursing department of the cancer center and cared for thousands of patients. Many of whom have become dear to her heart. She goes above and beyond in all aspects of her life and her husband lives the same dedicated lifestyle as a firefighter and paramedic in Roseburg. They truly dedicate their every being to serving others and are incredible people.