We are thankful for our November Monthly Spotlight recipient, Ellie McKinley!
Ellie McKinley is 91 years young and has been a resident of Broomfield for 53 years.
Ellie is a thankful mother of three wonderful daughters, Anne, Kim (deceased in 1999) and Bev. She is also a proud grandmother and great grandmother, she has six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Before starting her career in social work and newspaper advertising, she was involved in the early stages of Broomfield FISH, Sister Carmen Center, and Bal Swan Children’s Center. Upon her retirement from the newspaper business, she devoted her time helping to develop organizations and resources where none existed before. Ellie has been instrumental in starting the Nature Group, Parkinson’s Support Group, Jumpstart Camp and the Broomfield Bird Club.
Open Space has always been a particular interest to her. Her untiring efforts to “Keep The Field in Broomfield” brought her The Heart of Broomfield Award in 2006, as well as, the naming of “Ellie’s Pond “.
She is thankful that these groups are still active today and that they are led by very compassionate and dedicated people.
Ellie is an active member of the Episcopal Church and she has volunteered at Saint Francis Center for the Homeless for over 30 years! She also helps at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Friends and family have always been a top priority for her. Ellie enjoys hosting social gatherings, large and small, in her home (which were always common before COVID-19).
As a close friend of hers said, “ It’s been a good ride”!
You are such an inspiration to us all in so many ways Ellie, we are so thankful to have you as a part of our wonderful Broomfield Community!!