Post Falls Idaho, January 25, 2016 –Michael Shaw, founder and Executive Director of the Guardians Foundation traveled to Boise on Thursday to accept the Idaho’s Brightest Star Award. The award is presented annually by Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. There are five categories: Corporation/Small Business, School, Organization, Student, Senior, and Individual. Shaw was selected from twenty-four nominees across the state to receive this honor. The award was established in 2001, to recognize the often overlooked volunteers who show exceptional commitment to helping Idaho communities.
Shaw created the Guardians Foundation in 2011 while he was deployed in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn and the Global War on Terror. He has served as the Executive Director since the inception of the organization, but has yet to take a paycheck for his work, choosing to donate those funds back to the Guardians Foundation. Recently retired after nearly two decades of service in the US Army, he lives in the organization’s transitional housing, assisting with case management for the residents.
“I am happy to represent North Idaho,” said Shaw. “Just being nominated was an honor in itself but to actually be chosen amongst all the other very deserving candidates was truly shocking! It puts things in perspective. How we impact people’s lives, to be in the position to help someone, it’s worth more than any paycheck I could be given.”