BBF Award Winners 2012

BBF Award Winners 2012

There are many deserving people throughout Billings. These three individuals were chosen from the 2012 entries and the following stories are a glimpse into their generous hearts from those who nominated them for the 2012 Better Billings Award. It is clear to see why these individuals deserve to be recognized.

Youth Leadership

Parker Paulson has demonstrated that he is community minded through his words and actions and has positively impacted our community in many ways as a volunteer and as a leader.

Since July 2009 parker has been a member of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Yellowstone County (YVC). YVC is a program for youth ages 11-18 that provides structured service projects for youth in the Billings community. Over the past three years, Parker has attended 52 YVC projects and activities and has put in 260 hours of service. Through YVC Parker has touched over a dozen local non-profit partners with his actions.

Parker has also helped behind the scenes at the Youth Volunteer Corps. He has helped recruit volunteers by running a table with YVC staff during lunch hours at local schools. In addition he has been a part of brainstorming sessions helping determine future projects. This past Christmas he helped plan a holiday carnival and dressed as Santa Clause for the kid photo booth.

Parker also served as a crew member for the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) during the summer of 2011. During his 4 week volunteer term with MCC, Parker was on a crew with 5 other Montana youth, ages 15-17. During the month, the crew had to function well together, both during the workday and while camping every night. Throughout his term of service, Parker was able to live and work with a close-knit group to accomplish the various projects at hand. Assuming a leadership role amongst his crew, he consistently spoke out for community service and civic engagement and encouraged his fellow youth volunteers to take an active role in their community after their MCC experience.

We are honored to award Parker with the Better Billings Award for Youth Leadership!

Educational Leadership

Vicki Carle is deserving of this award for so many reasons. As a Health and Physical Exercise Teacher and the Head Volleyball at Skyview High School, Vicki positively impacts the lives of high school students every day.

“Every day is a gift”. Those words were uttered frequently and sincerely by our recipient Vicki Carle. Being a survivor of breast cancer, those words are more than just an inspiring quote to Vicki, they are words to live by. As a teacher and coach Vicki uses those words AND her life to remind students and all those around her not to take anything for granted. To live each day to the fullest, to love well, work hard and have fun.
Vicki’s family is her number one priority. She and her husband Mike are involved in the lives of their sons and she is clearly their biggest fan. She is a woman who is devoted to her husband and boys, passionate about coaching and influencing young women, and a loyal friend. She maintains an active and healthy lifestyle and so lives what she teaches in her Health Enhancement classes. Her fighting spirit and unwavering hope make an impact not only on the students and athletes she spends time with, but in the community at large.

Vicki is well known as the face behind the “Pack the Place in Pink” event which raises thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and the Susan G Breast Cancer awareness. This year over 6,000 t-shirts were sold and a non-profit organization was created. The money raised this year literally made a difference in the lives of women living with breast cancer, going through treatment and recovering from surgery right here in Montana. This Komen foundation. What started out as an order of 100 pink t-shirts 5 years ago, has exploded into a community, even state-wide event in support of cross-town volleyball event is an incredible night of uniting the geographic boundaries in our town and bringing out the very best in local businesses and people.

The challenges that Vicki has faced in the last few years have only caused her to become a better mother, wife, coach and teacher. There is a motto out there in the Breast Cancer awareness world that says Fight like a Girl. At Skyview High School that motto has been tweaked to say “Fight, Like Coach Carle”. That says a lot about the priceless life lessons she is passing on to the next generation. Skyview High School and the Billings Community is truly blessed to have an educator like Coach Carle leaving her legacy in the young men and women of our town.

Community Leadership

James Movius is the exemplary model of what the Community Leadership Award defines. For the last seven years, his influence as a community leader at an under resourced mobile home park on the south side of Billings has been instrumental in changing lives, both of the residents of the park and those who serve there. If you have been fortunate enough to witness James in action we are sure you would agree that it’s just fun to watch him love to serve.
With a smile on his face and definitely compassion for helping others in his heart, James has created a full team of dedicated volunteers that serve at the mobile home court every last Saturday of each month. Whether it is weatherizing a home for the upcoming cold Montana winter, fixing fences, trimming trees, beautifying existing mobile homes, building a playground where there was none, hauling tons of debris to a local landfill, the volunteers that James leads have bridged economic, emotional, physical and spiritual gaps to an entire neighborhood of people who thought no one cared - James and his team cares.

At the end of a serving Saturday, the barbecue gets fired up, everyone lends a hand at feeding anyone who wants a meal. Then there is some time for genuine reflection of the day's hard work and its intrinsic rewards. Friendships are formed and networking with many people for better conditions and ultimately better lives are evident around James.

Whether there are block parties, Christmas caroling, gift distribution, holiday festivities or manual labor, James and his team give of themselves to provide for others and we then see the benefits of relational bonds as the day ends with prayer, gratitude and ultimately love.

We are so excited to be able to award James with the Better Billings Award for Community Involvement.

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