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May 2020 Community Pioneer

Community Pioneer LogoOur communities are filled with some of the kindest, most thoughtful people who are passionate about helping others. To recognize and support those doing great things, Pioneer is re-launching Community Pioneer this year with a new focus and plan. Every month, we will highlight one person doing good in the community and award them $1,000 to go towards the organization of their choice.


Winner: Betsy C.

woman holding a giant check from PioneerOur May 2020 Community Pioneer winner is Betsy C. with River Discovery! Betsy has been a resident of Boise, Idaho since 2014. She was born and raised in Wyoming, went to college at the University of Idaho and lived in Los Angeles, California for 17 years. Having visited Boise numerous times, Betsy knew it was where she wanted to live permanently, so made the move with her husband and two daughters.

For the last four years, Betsy has been the Executive Director of River Discovery. River Discovery is an Idaho non-profit founded by Joe and Fran Tonsmeire in 2006, both whitewater rafting outfitters and ranchers from Lemhi, Idaho. The mission of the organization is to focus exclusively on river adventures for cancer survivors. River Discovery believes in the power of healing through river adventures and the great outdoors of Idaho. “I am amazed each year as I watch the participants, survivors of all manner of cancers, surrender to the flow of the water and accept the majestic and healing experience of life on river time” Ben Murray, River Discover President of the Board.

River Discovery has many programs they offer cancer survivors and their families. These include: 1-day and 6-day river adventures, paddle board sessions, alumni snow-shoe trips, and survivor and co-survivor retreats. All programs immerse participants in the beauty and serenity of Idaho’s outdoors and expose them to the recuperative benefits of nature. Pioneer is honoured to announce Betsy as our May Community Pioneer and donate to the mission of River Discovery!

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Past Community Pioneer Winners
Man with a beard wearing a beanie and holding a dog January Winner: Dave W

with Friends Furever Animal Rescue

man wearing a athletic polo and hat February Winner: Greg Y. with Kimberly Youth Association
March Winner: Dianne M. with Three Island Senior Citizen Center
woman holding a check with a dog April Winner: Shannon B. with Green Heart Rescue