Bryher Herak works hard to make Jefferson County a better place to live and work.
Bryher Herak for HD75
She is a mediator who brings people together to find common sense solutions to tough problems. Bryher cares about our children and supports the great public schools that are the centers of our communities. She serves on the Boulder Development Fund Board, working to improve our infrastructure and bring good jobs to our county. She opposes dark money, dirty tricks, and outside interference in our elections. | more >
I was going to talk to you about my background and why I would be a good legislator for Jefferson County — but you can find that information in the campaign materials that are here tonight. Instead, I want to take this opportunity to talk with you about something deeply personal. I may get emotional but I want to to acknowledge a deep debt that I owe to many to you — a debt has bound me to this community and to the Boulder valley.
As many of you know, my parents were farmers in the Mission Valley north of Missoula. I was raised there along with my 8 siblings. My connection with Boulder started when I was 9 years old — that is the year that my twin brother Georgie moved to MDC and where he lived, on and off, for the next 47 years.
In 1957, my family started making the trip to Boulder many times a year to visit Georgie. It was not always easy. It was an expensive trip, and it was hard to leave the farm, but my folks did the best they could to keep us connected to George.
Boulder — it was hard to come here because I always wanted to take Georgie home — but the town itself and MDC, was always welcoming — and gentle, and gracious to my family. I loved the drug store on Main Street where we would stop in for a coke or milkshake. I loved the drive down the Boulder valley and across pipestone and if we were lucky we would get to stop at the old rock shop on pipestone pass. These visits were my first introduction to the Boulder valley. My folks would take us out for a drive and then let Georgie and I got for a walk and in this way I was introduced to McCarty Creek, Brown’s Gulch, to the hot springs, and Depot Hill.
I became George's guardian in 1973, when my folks became too frail to continue their work as his guardian, and from then on my connections with MDC and Boulder increased. I would come for annual meetings and the staff at those meetings, some of who are here today, were so welcoming and loving to my family — Bobbi Janacarro, Janie Lewis, Barb Eliot, Jennifer Pryor, Julia Streib, Gladys Jessup, Terri McFadden, Nancy Smallwood, so many of you, in Boulder and in Basin, worked at MDC and you should be so very proud of that work. Families like mine were in constant turmoil — guilt, emotional stress, confusion, and expense. MDC offered a solution — I wish Georgie could have stayed at home with my family — that was the one thing I wished for my entire childhood — it was devastating to lose him, but the alternative was you — a community that welcomed families of kids with disabilities and offered services to us all.
Speech: Boulder July 2018 August 13, 2018/in News & Letters /by Bryher Herak for HD75Good afternoon. Thank you Carolyn and Cheryl for hosting this lovely evening and thank all of you for taking time to join us in this beautiful place. I was going to talk to you about my background and why I would be...