During Via’s 35th anniversary year, I am sharing my blog with guest writers – Via board members, employees, riders and community members – who are writing about their experience with Via. We also welcome your contributions. If you are interested in sharing your story for “Via Turns 35,” please contact Mary Cobb at 303.473.2882. We’d love to hear from you!
This week we’re hearing from Via board member Marie Gambon. Marie is vice president for people at Boulder Brands, which is Via’s featured corporate partner for the month of October.
Lenna Kottke, Executive Director
Why I support Via
I am fortunate to work for a company that encourages employees to genuinely engage with nonprofit organizations that support our local community. Through Via’s values of addressing wellness and creating a better community, Via closely aligns with our company values, and my own personal beliefs.
When I was four years old, my father was stricken with polio. Throughout my childhood, I watched him struggle to walk with crutches and the daily challenge of mobility. Despite his limitations, or perhaps because of them, it was difficult for him to ask for help.
Unfortunately, my hometown didn’t have a service like Via to help him get to work or personal appointments. When I moved to Boulder later in my life and learned of Via (then Special Transit), I immediately recognized how this resource could have enhanced my Dad’s quality of life.
I had a chance to observe Via’s benefits first hand when my mother needed Via’s help in her later years. Mom was already using a wheelchair, so Via quickly became part of her life. Via’s friendly drivers took her everywhere, and she was able to remain connected to the wider community and maintain her independence. Via also gave me and my family peace of mind knowing that she had caring, reliable and safe transportation.
On the occasion of Via’s 35th Anniversary, I encourage you to learn more about Via and how it maintains the respect and dignity of those it serves. Via allows seniors to stay in their homes and live full lives. It’s also an important resource for employees who have disabilities, and for our local health and wellness businesses.
I’m honored to volunteer with Via and have an opportunity to support this important service. Happy birthday Via, and thank you for all you do!