Inspirational Wellness Award

TrinaBauerInspirationWellness2018-webThe "Trina Bauer Inspirational Wellness Award" is an annual award honoring a local individual for making a positive lifestyle change while inspiring others along their journey. Named after Trina Bauer's retirement in Fall 2018, the Inspirational Wellness Award will be a community wide award.

2020 Award Winner -Julie domboIMG_6234

The 2020 Trina Bauer Inspirational Wellness Award was given to Julie Dombo.  Julie is truly a remarkable person. Before retiring, Julie’s career was committed to both the mental and physical wellness of others. As a guidance counselor with the Haysville Public School system, Julie worked daily with middle school students facing difficult problems and choices. Julie’s former students have told Julie, years after leaving Haysville, how much they appreciate the difference she made in their lives.

Julie’s career, her strength, drive, her wanting others to succeed and keep going no matter what, was not lost after her being shot, twice in the right lung and once in the right arm during a 2015 armed robbery here in Derby. As if being shot wasn’t enough, this year Julie has fought and beat breast cancer. Below Julie can be seen ringing the bell at Wesley after receiving her last chemotherapy treatment. Julie’s physical injuries were extreme. Her recovery has been horrendous. Regardless, Julie continues to inspire others by speaking regularly to adult groups and students. She inspires new amputees to work towards what Julie calls their new normal. Doctors told Julie that she wouldn’t have survived if it were not for her physical strength. Julie was strong because she had worked out regularly in the DRC’s weight room. Now, Julie is still very strong. Her inspiring commitment to physical and mental ”Wellness” is evident when she walks frequently on the DRC’s track with prosthetic legs. 

2021 Nominations

Starting the fall of 2020, the community may nominate an individual that they find to be inspiring in their wellness journey by application. Applications will be taken in November and then will go through a review process with Bauer and DRC committee staff. The winner will be chosen and announced each January. Each winner will have their name placed on a glass plaque that is displayed in the DRC fitness center and have the opportunity to be involved in the DRC and Derby Health Collaborative initiatives throughout the year.


Please nominate your Inspirational Wellness candidate: Fill out our nomination form