by John Aldrich
In 2005 a star burst onto the firmament at ANE when Brenda Carey, newly arrived in the Heber City area, was looking for an organization with which she could volunteer. Brenda quickly became deeply involved with the program, taking on the huge responsibility of rug show volunteer coordinator almost immediately and then serving as Linda's assistant for several years until her daughter, Samantha, was born in 2009.
Liked by everyone, Brenda brought to all of her roles at ANE her talent for organization and efficiency. This helped to bring a renewed spirit of volunteerism to the warehouse as well as the rug show. She spent many hours working behind the scenes helping Linda in Park City and also took over some of the food run responsibilities in order to somewhat reduce Linda's burden.
Her genial husband, Pete, joined her on many of the food runs where he was a great asset on the box crew, sometimes serving as the logistical director. And it wasn't just because he had a 3/4-ton pickup truck that we liked having him around.
After Samantha's arrival in early 2009, Brenda's involvement with ANE was necessarily interrupted, but as soon as she was able, she again started to help Linda in Park City as much as possible. In 2010 Samantha was able to join Pete and Brenda on a food run to Oljato and Navajo Mountain. This went so well that she attended 2 additional food runs where she was a great hit with everyone, volunteers as well as Elders.
Now, Pete has a new job and the family will be moving to Colorado. Brenda has just completed yoga teacher training, so can look forward to something of a new career herself. We will greatly miss all of them.
Here are a few photos highlighting Brenda's time at ANE:
The first photo I have of Brenda shows her at the rug show in 2005 where she is already working as volunteer coordinator.