Like Ellen’s love for the local mountain community she lives in, she also loves the unique community she is a part of at BOEC. The cultural climate, positive staff, and uplifting and giving mission all resonate with something she is thankful to be a part of. She wants others to know how incredible the BOEC community within the greater mountain community is, from volunteers to participants to the staff and donors. “Everyone works together to fulfill the broad mission, creating a unique environment. In life we need a community, like in rowing, working together for the common goal. It is important to engage with your community and give back however you can.” says Ellen.
Because the BOEC mission is so committed to helping people, the interns, staff, instructors, volunteers, and donors are directed to sharing such goodness, not for personal accolades, but rather to give back to others. Ellen encourages anyone looking to donate or volunteer to look at the impact the BOEC can have on the lives of the participants. She says,
“When the participants are out whether skiing or on a summer course, a person can feel so empowered and included, while they may not feel this in daily life, this experience makes them feel strong and happy at the end of the day. When someone donates, this is what they are supporting. We stay true to our mission and this is our focus on a daily basis, from the ground up, at all levels of the organization, and in all the programs.”
This allows participants to enjoy outdoor experiences that benefit themselves and their families.
Ellen dedicates her free time to her children and siblings whenever possible. In addition, she rows regularly in the summer, continues to Nordic ski in the winter, and also enjoys alpine skiing. When she is not outside, Ellen likes to read, sew, travel, and decorate. Through her community involvement and friendships, she spends time enjoying her friends and colleagues whether through a meal together, happy hour, cheering on a colleague in a race, or joining in on a bike ride.