The District Volunteer of the Year Award honors an individual in older adult services from each district in Minnesota whose commitment and dedication enhance the quality of live for seniors and their communities. Lois was one of six volunteers in the state selected for the regional award.
“Lois has been a solid foundation for the Pioneer community since day one,” said Emily Samp, PioneerCare’s volunteer director, “Since the beginning of her nursing career, she was always known as the nurse to come to the rescue since she lived right across the street from Pioneer. Her hero mentality never stopped, even once she retired. On the day of her retirement I told her that we were going to miss her! She promptly replied, laughing, ‘Oh, don’t worry – I’ll be back in the morning to volunteer!’”
Lois now staffs the welcome desk in the PioneerCare Center lobby two days a week, accompanies residents to medical appointments, plays piano for worship and other events, and serves as the PioneerCare Auxiliary president.
Lois received the award at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, the state’s largest and most comprehensive aging services conference. Nearly 4,000 professionals in all aspects of older adult services attend the annual three-day event to learn about new and innovative programs, share best practices and network with their peers.
“Having worked here [PioneerCare] for over 30 years, I saw the need for volunteers,” Lois said, “And now that I’m not working, it gives me a sense of purpose and a reason to get going for the day.”
About LeadingAge Minnesota:
Driven to transform and enhance the experience of aging, LeadingAge Minnesota works alongside its members, caregivers, advocates and consumers to collectively shape the future of aging services and ensure older adults in every community live with dignity, meaning and purpose. Together with more than 60,000 caregivers, LeadingAge Minnesota members provide quality services and supports to nearly 70,000 older adults every day in independent senior housing, assisted living, adult day, home care and skilled nursing settings.