STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-February 10, 2015-The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation will present the 2016 Hazie Werner Award for Excellence to longtime Steamboat Springs resident and Ski Corp employee Deb Werner on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
“When one carries the name Werner, a lot of expectations and responsibilities come along with it,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “Deb not only lives up to those expectations but, I truly believe, carries to a new level the traditions that this award has come to personify.”
Deb Werner will become the 28th woman honored with the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence. Currently, Werner serves as director of lift operations for the Steamboat Ski Resort, overseeing the resort’s network of lifts and approximately 200 winter and summer employees, or in her mind, her family. Married to Steamboat native Loris “Bugs” Werner, she formerly served on the Colorado Mountain College Ski Area Operations Advisory committee and board of directors for Community Agriculture Alliance.
One could go on about her career accomplishments, but this award is about more than simply a career. It’s about what you do for others. And this is best described in the words of those nominating her: Deb is kind, with a big heart; full of strength, inside and out; quiet in her accomplishments; it’s not about the big things in life; making a difference in someone’s day; and always to the betterment of what surrounds her. To many, that sounds just like Hazie and is the truest testament to Deb and her recognition with this award.
In traits that ring true to Hazie today, Deb Werner has shared her caring, compassionate and advice over the years to thousands of lift employees. In fact, over her 40+ years with the resort, that equates to around 7,500 individuals she has welcomed to the lift department as if it were her own home. Whether taking the extra time to bake cookies, share sandwiches, dye Easter eggs, offer rides to doctor appointments, provide extra clothes or that special comment to perk someone up, Deb has always gone about life with a welcoming attitude, genuine interest and endless kindness for others. Never one to ask for recognition, she pushes ahead every day in an effort to make a difference in the lives of many (often including a wayward animal on the way to work) and help guide them through the challenges faced in life. In fact, many of her former staff from all over the world still stays in touch with her on a regular basis.
“If Hazie were alive today, she would be especially proud of Deb and the way she has shaped her life to continue the welcoming traditions and caring attributes established by many of the founding families of the Yampa Valley,” said family friend Diane Halvorson. “The impact Deb has had on the ski resort and the entire community will be felt for generations to come and is something we should all aspire to achieve.”
A reception will take place from 5:30-7pm on Tuesday, February 23, at the Haymaker Nordic Clubhouse to recognize Deb Werner as the Hazie Werner Award recipient as well as the 2016 Snowball Community Grant recipients: Routt County Humane Society and LiftUp of Routt County. This award, which began in 1989, is named after Hazie Werner, a local legend in the Yampa Valley for her inspirational dedication, gracious and caring giving philosophy, volunteer work and tireless commitment to a multitude of children, families and organizations. The Hazie Werner Award reception coincides with Hazie Werner’s birthday.
Previous recipients include: Skeeter Werner Walker, Katy Rodolph Wyatt, Eleanor Bliss, Carol Baily, Lucile Bogue, Criss Fetcher, Dorothy Wither (posthumously), Sureva Towler, Rita Valentine (posthumously), Geneva Taylor, Carol Schaffer, Gloria Gossard, Jayne Hill, Elaine Gay, Millie Beall, Arianthe Stettner, Wanda Redmond, Margi Briggs-Casson, Margaret ”Poogie” Dawes (posthumously), Nancy Stahoviak, Carol Booth Fox, Diane Moore, Susan E. Birch, Christine Painter, Marsha Daughenbaugh, Sarah Floyd and Nancy Kramer.