Every other month, we shine the spotlight on a new Mountain Mentor who's making a difference in the life of a Summit County child or teen.
Mentor: Leah Canfield
Leah Canfield is a mentor to Angye.
I grew up in Breckenridge. I went to Upper Blue Elementary, Summit Middle and High Schools, and left for a few years to study at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In between, I ski raced internationally. When I finished at CU, I came back to work in Real Estate in Breckenridge, and decided to get involved with Mountain Mentors. It was the best decision!
What led you to become a mentor?
I was so lucky to have every opportunity available to me growing up. I wanted to give back to the community and be a positive influence in the life of a local kid.
What do you enjoy most about being a mentor?
I thought as a mentor, I would be the one doing all the giving, but she gives to me so much as well. Spending time with her is such a great way for me to relax and re-connect with what is truly important in life.
Leah & Angye
How does mentoring fit into your life?
It has just become a part of my schedule. I work, go play outside, exercise, spend time with friends and family, and hang out with Angye. At first, I thought I wouldn’t have enough time, but it is just not the case. Once I made a habit of it, it is just like any other part of my life. I make time for it like everything else, and it provides me some ‘downtime’ that otherwise may not give myself.
What is a favorite activity you have done as a mentor?
We have had so much fun… It’s hard to pick one. It is a three-way tie: skiing, swimming, and the BOEC Ropes Course.
Do you have advice for someone who is considering becoming a mentor?
It’s not as scary and hard as I thought it was going to be. These kids just want someone in their life to spend time with. All you have to do is show up and be yourself. And pretty soon you start to have fun with your mentee, and you start really looking forward to your time together. It’s awesome!
Angye loves having Leah as a mentor.
What do you like best about having a mentor?
I have fun and I can do cool stuff!!
What do you appreciate most about your daughter’s mentor?
We appreciate everything from Leah. I don’t know how to put it in words. She helps us a lot. She came into our lives in a moment when we most needed her for Angye and even for all of us. She is a very happy person, very attentive to Angye, very giving. She is a very special young woman with a huge heart. Angye has changed immensely since she met Leah and all for good. Think of the most beautiful words to describe a person and that is Leah. Angye comes home and all she talks is about how fun it is to have time with Leah. We share feelings with Angye and we know Leah makes her happy and that makes us happy. We are very thankful with her.