Idaho Volunteers Recognized at Brightest Stars Awards Ceremony

News Release

For Immediate Release: Jan. 17, 2019
Information Contact: Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Sixty-nine outstanding volunteers from throughout the state were honored at Idaho’s Brightest Stars Ceremony Wednesday in Boise. The annual event is organized by Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

“Volunteerism is a gift that benefits citizens and addresses needs in communities throughout our state,” said Gov. Brad Little. “These men and women are not seeking recognition, but it is important to acknowledge these Brightest Star recipients and their generous commitment to giving to others and ensuring a bright future for all citizens.”

The volunteers were nominated for their contributions in seven categories – Business, Individual, Nonprofit/Civic Organization, Senior Citizen, Student, Teacher/Professor and Veteran.  Idahoans nominated “brightest stars” throughout the state, and a panel of community reviewers made the final selection.

All nominees were recognized as stars in their communities, and one Brightest Star Volunteer of the Year was chosen in each category.  Additionally, this year the Gov. Cecil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to one outstanding volunteer.

This year’s recognized volunteer leaders were:

  • Business: Idaho Power, Boise
  • Individual: Tim Tyree, Boise
  • Individual 55+: Peggy Sharp, Idaho Falls
  • Nonprofit/Civic Organization: Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Twin Falls
  • Student: Thomas Moss-Mozley, Kamiah
  • Teacher/Professor: Amy Canfield, Ph.D., Lewiston
  • Veteran: Jack Knoblock, Cascade
  • Gov. Cecil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year: Betty VanGheluwe, Boise

Visit the Serve Idaho website at to view a link to the ceremony program with information about all nominees.


Serve Idaho, a division of the Idaho Department of Labor, encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout the state. The Serve Idaho Commission is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Idaho Department of Labor.