Bruce and Monica - Headshots

Vote Bruce and Monica Peers for the Beacon’s 2024 Volunteer of the Year Award! Bruce and Monica have dedicated their time to three different organizations, including Visit Grand Junction. They both volunteer weekly at the Grand Junction Visitor Center and have contributed over 3,436 hours and counting. Bruce and Monica always leave a lasting impression and they make new friends with every person they meet. They share their Grand Junction experiences so that every guest feels welcomed and eager to explore the area. While Monica is volunteering, she measures her success in the number of hugs she receives from our guests. 


Guests and residents visit the Grand Junction Visitor Center seeking advice on a variety of information, from seeking places to stay, restaurants to dine at, things to do, where to shop, realtor information, and hangouts to meet other locals. 

Monica’s Famous Candy - Monica and Bruce Peers

Bruce and Monica are also regulars at the Visit Grand Junction booth at the Downtown Grand Junction Market on Main (Farmers Market). They enjoy helping guests who visit the booth and they especially enjoy handing out popsicles and Enstrom Candies to kids of all ages. Stop by and say hi to them at this year’s Market on Main!


Aside from volunteering, this lovely couple can be found socializing and dancing every Friday night at the Moose Lodge, where they find joy in making new friends and letting loose on the dance floor with their buddies. Bruce and Monica also love to be outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful Grand Junction scenery during their walks at Canyon View Park. During inclement weather, they kick it into fourth gear at the Mesa Mall and walk countless laps. You can surely see that these two always have an infectious and energizing can-do attitude.

Bruce & Monica - Volunteer of the Year Nomination 2024

Monica has quite the knack for cooking and takes joy in spoiling Bruce with his favorite treats. A couple of Monica’s favorite dishes include a Swedish pound cake, Svenska Sockerkaka, and Monica’s Famous Candy. You can find additional Visit Grand Junction Volunteer Ambassador recipes here


Bruce, who is just as knowledgeable as he is whimsical, is involved in the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club. Bruce’s’ passion for the club doesn’t go unnoticed as he wholeheartedly looks for ways to help out, including hanging posters on local message boards and finding resources to help the club. Bruce is also known for his notorious sweet tooth. The Visitor Center keeps a secret stash of Baby Ruth’s on hand to make sure Bruce has a limitless supply.

Volunteers with the Visitor Guide

Bruce and Monica embody what it means to be a Visit Grand Junction Volunteer Ambassador. Their joy is contagious not only for guests, but also with the Visit Grand Junction staff who work at the Grand Junction Visitor Center. They both love sharing what makes the Grand Junction area such a special place. We are fortunate they are so selfless with their time and choose to spend it with us. 


Please help us celebrate Bruce and Monica by voting here! The deadline to vote is April 5, 2024. Thank you for honoring their dedication and commitment!