Winter Park & Fraser Chamber award Citizens of the Year, Pioneer Award
November 14, 2016
Megan Ledin – 2016 Citizen of the Year
Megan has held many prestigious positions over the years including co-chairing of the Public Policy Committee for the Colorado Association of Funders, winning the Governor's Award of Excellence, winning the Environmental Stewardship Award for their role in the Citizens for a Safe Highway 9 Project, was nominated for a William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities and honored for taking part in the El Polmar Executive Leadership Program. She has established multiple Donor Advised Funds as the Executive Director of the Grand Foundation, most notably, The Brammer Family Fund helping local families affected by cancer.
She has worked tirelessly to support the needs of others in the community and has been a mentor, never taking credit for the many hours of service given. In addition to her job as the Executive Director of the Grand Foundation, she just received her lifetime pass at Winter Park Resort for 22 years of service.
She has accomplished all of this while raising two daughters and supporting her husband as a successful leader in the community.
Scott Ledin – 2016 Citizen of the Year
Scott started as a Summer Camp counselor and workied his way up the ranks over the last 23 years. He has played an integral part in bringing many community projects to fruition including: The Fraser Valley Sports Complex – 1996, The Alex Newberry Little League Field – 2008, New Club House and course improvements at Pole Creek Golf Club – 2008, The Grand Park Community Rec Center – 2009, The "IceBox" Ice Rink at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex – 2010, The Historic Playground at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex – 2016.
He is the anchor for an organization whose facilities continue to receive numerous awards such as the Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards, Colorado Parks and Recreation Columbine Award, Best of Grand County, and multiple Colorado Avid Golfer CAGGY Awards to name just a few. He was recognized for his dedication to the Parks and Recreation industry by being elected to the Colorado Parks and Recreation Board of Directors. He served on the Board for three years and was elected Board President in 2009. He continues his commitment to the community by serving on many committees and Boards throughout the Fraser Valley including Headwaters Trails Alliance, the Fraser Valley Economic Development Committee, the Grand County Economic Development Committee and the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce Sales and Marketing Council.
He shares his love of recreation and community with his wife of 17 years and their two daughters.
Wendy Christensen and Janet Engel – 2016 Pioneer Award
Wendy Christensen and Janet Engel are true pioneers. The daughters of highly respected citizens George and Joyce Engel, they have been contributing to the valley for over 50 years.
They started out living at the base of Winter Park ski area above their family's ski business, the Winter Park Ski Shop. From there they continued their vision and as a family ran the Winter Park Ski School for many years. Janet excelled in this environment and remained highly involved with the ski school until the early 90s. Wendy's customer service passion continued, as she was a key component in making the Winter Park Ski Shop a hallmark of the Grand County skiing experience. Together they opened a new ski and bike store called the Winter Park Sports Shop. This successful business was located in downtown Winter Park and hosted many community events throughout its existence. With excellent guidance from their loving parents, "Those Engel Girls" have set an exceptional example for the rest of the valley to follow.
At an early age they both had a love for horses and during the summer months they would rope off the ski lines to keep their horses there and together they competed in Little Britches Rodeos for many years. Janet became an accomplished equestrian and has competed at the national level for barrel racing. She has travelled every corner of this country winning belt buckles and saddles and becoming a highly revered rider. Her grit, determination, and knowledge have made her one of the most respected cowgirls in the state. Enjoying rodeos in the summer and skiing in the winter, they found a perfect balance. Wendy excelled as a competitive ski racer at the high school and collegiate levels.
Together they have been an integral part of the Winter Park Horseman's Association and the High Country Stampede Rodeo. They have spent countless hours volunteering at the rodeo.
Their unrelenting commitment to excellence have taken the rodeo to new heights becoming one of the biggest little rodeos in the country and at one point beat out Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Greely Stampede for the best rodeo. Janet continues to volunteer with the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo as an incredible mentor to many young cowgirls who look up to her. Janet has continued her father George's passion for the western way of life and its importance to a younger generation. Wendy still follows her big sister to the fair every year and continually wins blue ribbons for her amazing pickles and jams.
Wendy's drive to give back to community is apparent with her 20 years of service to a local P.E.O. chapter. Her mother Joyce was also a member of the P.E.O., instilling a sense of purpose in Wendy by helping allocate scholarships to young empowered women.
Their current endeavor is an unmatched wedding and community event center located on the family "B Lazy 2 Ranch" in Fraser. Their combined knowledge and vision has quickly made this an unbelievable destination for all events in Grand County. The "B Lazy 2 Ranch" hosts weddings, welcome dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, engagement parties and community events. Wendy and Janet also donate the use of this facility to local non-profit organizations several times a year. They think this is important to continue their parent's willingness to give back to the community that supports them. They are always there when a neighbor needs help or willing to provide insight to tackle the problems that this county faces. Following the footsteps of their parents, George and Joyce Engel, who received the inaugural Pioneers of the Year award in 2008, "Those Engel Girls" are true pioneers in every sense of the word.