City of Brighton Eagle View Adult Center Manager Sue Corbett has been named the 2017 Municipal Hero by the Colorado Municipal League (CML).
The goal of the Colorado Municipal League Municipal Hero Award program is to acknowledge individuals who have demonstrated ongoing dedication to their cities or towns and have gone above-and-beyond to make their communities great places to live, work, and/or play. These are the “unsung” heroes in a community who may not otherwise be acknowledged for their dedication to their city or town.
Sue has worked for the City of Brighton since 1989. She was hired as the director of the Brighton Senior Center. Sue worked with the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission from 1997-2016 serving as the staff liaison.
Sue’s nomination letter submitted by Brighton Councilmember Joan Kniss:
Every city has someone who is really the “heart and soul” of the community. In Brighton that person is Sue Corbett. Sue always has a smile on her face, a friendly word for everyone, and simply eludes joy every day. Sue is the director of the Eagle View Adult Center; however, she is much more than that. Sue directs- no, Sue would say that she “works alongside” - a small staff, but under her leadership they have made a huge, positive difference for so many of our senior citizens.
To see the impact that Sue has made, here are some statistics: In December 2015 Eagle View Adult Center offered 32 different fitness classes, 74 art classes, 11 trips, 12 special events like parties, 68 drop in leisure activities like bingo and cards, and 3 club meetings. Just in this one month 2728 seniors participated in these events. The center also served 567 meals and had 84 volunteers help out (these are also seniors). For many lonely seniors, Sue’s “home away from home” is their “home” with their “family.” Because of whom Sue is, she has created an atmosphere of warmth, compassion, and safety within Eagle View Adult Center. It is the fun place to “hang out” in Brighton.
Outside of her work at the adult center, Sue also works with the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission. In this role she meets monthly with representatives of many arts and culture groups within Brighton to publicize and coordinate the many activities going on. Several times a month Sue emails press releases, calendar postings, and invitations to the arts related events happening in Brighton and the surrounding area. Sue also coordinates the City’s grant proposals to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and helps write grant application for Brighton’s Lodging Tax Grants. Sue, unofficially, is the arts and culture queen in town because she not only helps to spread the word about events, but she also is excited and enthusiastic about all that Brighton has to offer. Even though she doesn’t have to, she attends almost all the activities whether it be a play at the Armory, an artists’ reception at Main Street Gallery, or a musical performance at a local church. Sue’s appreciative appearance is there.
All of these activities might seem to some like “well…that’s her job,” and yes, she has a job, but Sue goes way beyond her job description. Sue brings people together, she shares activities, and she shows her love for our city every day. In my eyes, that’s what makes a municipal hero. Sue Corbett would be an excellent choice for your award.”
With this recognition, Sue will have the opportunity to donate $250 on behalf of CML to a charity of choice or municipal foundation, receive recognition at CML’s Governor’s lunch at their annual conference, and formally recognized by Brighton City Council at the July 18 meeting.