Summit County Mountain Mentors of the Month: Jean and Ed McArthur
Summit County Mountain Mentors is a well-established community-based mentoring program that matches caring adult volunteers with youth ages 6 to 16.
Mountain Mentors’ mission is “to positively influence the youth of Summit County to lead healthy lifestyles, through a consistent one-on-one relationship with an adult.”
The Summit Daily News will feature a mentor every month to celebrate the dedication and diversity of Mountain Mentors volunteers and the impact they make on the youth in our community.
A: ED: Making dinner together and having her taste new foods
JEAN: Playing what Isabela calls “stand up” games (hide and seek, Mother may I, and red-light/green light) and hearing her giggle!
A: ED: My older sister, Gwen
JEAN: my parents (of course) and my mentor and friend, Dave
A: ED: Slovakia, because it was the home of my grandparents. It was like going back in time 100 years.
JEAN: Landing on a glacier on Mt McKinley, because it made me realize I’m just a tiny speck in this great big world
A: ED: I have many fond memories of camping, fly-fishing and just spending time with my very special grandfather.
JEAN: While in the Air Force, I was assigned to a contingency hospital in England during Operation Desert Storm. War was made real to me, and it was a frightening reality.
A: ED: When you mentor, you are creating memories
JEAN: Mentees keep you young at heart
Decade born: ED: 40’s JEAN: 50’s
Born and raised: ED: born in Denver and raised in Derby (now Commerce City) Colorado JEAN: born in Memphis Tennessee and raised on the western slope of Colorado in Cortez and Delta
Music: ED: Folk or Country JEAN: Musicals
Favorite book: ED: anything by Grisham or Michener JEAN: To Kill a Mockingbird (great movie, too)
Hobbies: ED: fly-fishing, camping, hiking, biking, sculpting, kayaking, stock market JEAN: music, playing outdoors, reading
Passionate about: ED: nature JEAN: kids
Favorite outdoor activities: ED: watching wildlife JEAN: hiking
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