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Volunteer Salutes

Meet our recent Volunteers of the Month! We joyously recognize the outstanding efforts of our Volunteers of the Month for all that they do. These volunteers have gone above and beyond the already high standards of CTRC volunteers. We thank them for the hard work, commitment and endless talent they bring to CTRC's program.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2014 - Elise Brenninkmeyer

Elise Volunteer of the Year

Thank you, Elise, for all you do!

Elise has been a part of the "CTRC Family" since 2005 and has become more and more involved over the years. She is a dedicated member of the Barn Team, Training Team and is also a regular lesson volunteer. She is incredibly nurturing with our horses and does a stellar job helping our new volunteers learn the ropes. She goes at everything with a huge smile, a great sense of humor and fierce enthusiasm. Outside of the center, you can see Elise supporting CTRC at events celebrating her fellow volunteers, raising her hand to bid at our live auctions at our annual Gala and promoting CTRC whenever she has the chance. Elise leads a very active life and we are so lucky she carves out so much time to spend with us.


VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2013 - Hara Sitnick


CTRC has many, many incredible volunteers - summer camp's exceptional teens that bring boundless energy and enthusiasm, class volunteers that go above and beyond in their efforts to connect with their rider and help lift them to their highest potential, and office volunteers that have helped the undercurrents of CTRC keep flowing. And then there is Hara - whom has been so committed to every aspect of our program - riders, horses, volunteers and administration. Hara strives to see each of these program aspects thrive so CTRC can truly provide a healing, therapeutic environment.

Let's start with the riders. Hara brings an exceptional level of awareness to all the riders and their needs that she works with. She has helped a very introverted, timid rider come out of his shell while respecting who he is as a person and helping him excel in horseback riding.

Then there is her love for our horses, especially her barn buddy Bill and until recently Anastasia. She has worked with both of them since she began in 2011. She brings to each horse she works with similar qualities that she brings to the riders - attentiveness to how they are feeling and an ability to change her energy according to their needs. The real special part is that Bill is probably the dirtiest horse on our property, or at least the most stained, and Hara, being a real neat freak still loves him with all her heart and remains patient with him even when he doesn't love to be groomed.

Then there is the commitment to the volunteers. Hara takes the time to genuinely connect with her fellow volunteers. It seems every time Hara is at CTRC she has made a new friend! In doing this Hara lays down a big piece of the foundation that makes CTRC the amazing, welcoming community that it is.

Last but not least is how Hara so willingly and enthusiastically helps CTRC behind the scenes. She checks in to see if there is anything she can do to help and she even brings ideas and initiation to help CTRC be more efficient in our administration. All in all enough great things can't be said about Hara.

Thank you Hara, thank you for all that you have done for CTRC - you help make us who we are!
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