Senior Award: Jim Sparks
Jim Sparks, who was selected for this year’s Heart of Broomfield Senior Award, has shared his love of woodworking artistry across Broomfield.
Nominator Sally Huffman said that without fail, Sparks has donated beautiful pieces of his for fundraising events that benefit Meals on Wheels, the Senior Gala and Basket Auction.
“He has always been humble and kind,” Huffman said.
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church also has enjoyed his fine artistry, she said, and that Sparks is someone who has given “his talents, heart and time.”
Holy Comforter Rector Kim Seidman said she has thoroughly enjoyed Sparks and his wife Jan’s presence in the faith community.
“Jim is soft-spoken and generous with his time and talent,” she said in her letter of support. “As a gifted woodworker, he donates beautiful custom pieces for me to offer as treasured thank you gifts and auctioned at fundraisers.”
Sparks always is willing to help with special projects around the church that require attention to detail and fine craftsmanship, she said, and he has made countless pieces for the church’s children’s Montessori Bible lessons.
He loves spending time at the Broomfield Senior Center where he teaches and shares his hobby.
“He and Jan have welcomed me into their home and extended true Broomfield hospitality,” Seidman said. “Jim is a gift and a blessing to Holy Comforter, and imagine that is true for any community he is a part.”
Michael Fellows, past board president for the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, has worked closely with Sparks since 2008 when Fellows joined the board.
From the beginning, Fellows with impressed with Sparks’ active support for the museum expansion efforts.
“In particular, Jim brought his superb skills with woodworking and connections with the senior center woodcraft shop to the great benefit of the veterans museum,” Fellows said.
“To this day, it is not possible to walk through the museum and not see multiple examples of Jim’s contributions,” he said.
Sparks was a critical member of the team that constructed the first set of exhibit cabinets tat formed the basis of opening the museum, and which are still in use, Fellows said.
During in the 2009 expansion, Sparks played a critical volunteer role who helped procure additional exhibit cabinets from local businesses, modified them and prepared them for the museum.
He also helped organize a research library and led a team that built beautiful bookshelves that gave the library a professional appearance, Fellows said.
With the recent expansion of the museum in late 2018, Sparks constructed additional bookshelves, bringing the total up to 18 shelves for the library.
“Jim’s cheerful manner and willingness to take on any task for the Veterans’ Museum made him an inspiration for others on the board and our volunteers,” Fellows said. “It is always a great pleasure to see Jim when he visits the museum.”
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