Flying High Recipient-Shawn-Gray-2007
Shawn Gray acknowledges that the people who know her know that she does not sleep a lot. She has even been heard to say that sleep is overrated. Mostly because she is so busy that she does not have time for something that involves lying still for seven to eight hours. She has been very involved with a number of boards over the years and has been an active volunteer in a variety of organizations including the United Way, Boy Scouts, PTA, Leadership Missoula, The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, Missoula Parks and Rec, Soroptimist’s, and has been both the VP of Education and the President of Toastmasters.
Shawn enjoys singing and is a member of the Montana Women’s Chorus. She is currently very involved with the Suicide Prevention Task Force, and the Women’s Health Fund, an organization that provides insurance for uninsured women and is also a volunteer on the MBN Symposium Planning Committee.
Shawn attended the University of Montana and got her Masters Degree at age 23 in Guidance and Counseling. She has been working at the Missoula Youth Homes for over 21 years and after all that time still loves what she does. She says that she works with great people, has a wonderful staff, and in her career works to help kids change the direction of their lives. These children come to her because they have some incredible obstacles to face. She says, “Having the opportunity to help them face tough issues, and work things out is very challenging and rewarding.”
However, the best “volunteer” job she has is being a parent to her wonderful son, Marcus. They hang out and play, are huge Griz fans and have not missed a game since Marcus was two. She is very involved in outdoor recreation and jokes that she has a sport for every season including softball, skiing, and women’s hockey. In fact she was just kayaking the Bitterroot River the other night, and I feel lucky that we were able get her off the water to come to our meeting today. Please join me in recognizing and thanking our MBN Flying High Award recipient, Shawn Gray