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Previous award winners



Francis Harris - Co-founder, Urban Partnership Community Development Center
Margot Imdieke Cross - Accessibility Specialist with the Minnesota County on Disability
Jodi Kritzeck - Recreational Therapist at the Minnesota Veterans Home Adult Day Center
Phil Norrgard - Retired Human Services Director Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe
White Earth Nation Health Division - Long-Term Care Consultation program


Community Award - The LGBTQ Organizing Group
Policy Award - Charlie Lakin of Minneapolis
Innovation Award - The Lutheran Home Association
Service Award - Jerry Mellum, Plymouth
Minnesota Board on Aging Award - Madonna Towers of Rochester and Inter-Faith Care Center of Carlton


Community Award

  • Barb Fonkert, Department of Public Safety - Homeland Security Emergency Management
  • Katy Boone, Carver County Public Health Department

Innovation Award

  • Debra K. Schipper, West Metro Learning Connections, Inc.
  • Northwoods Caregivers

Policy AwardACT on Alzheimer's

Service Award

  • VINE Faith In Action, Mankato
  • Sarah Mruz, Mains'l Services, Inc.
  • Dr. Terrance Capistrant, Capistrant Center for Parkinson's


Community AwardSenior Program of the Neighborhood Involvement Program

Innovation Award

  • Developmental Disabilities Unit of Anoka County
  • RISE, Incorporated

Policy AwardColleen Wieck, Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Service AwardMikenzi Hebel, New Richland Care Center
Special RecognitionDebbie Townsend, Clownfish Swim Club


Community Award  - The Rochester/Olmsted County Falls Prevention Coalition
Innovation AwardKaren Conrath, Dakota County Social Services
Policy AwardElderCare Rights Alliance: Vulnerable Adult Justice Project
Service AwardPolly Owens, PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota

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