MVAC honors supporters, achievers

MANKATO — Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) held its 52nd Annual Meeting at the Loose Moose in Mankato. Each year MVAC holds its annual meeting to provide the annual report and celebrate volunteers, program achievers and supporters to the MVAC Board of Directors and others in attendance.

Each year, one person within MVAC’s service area (nine counties of south central Minnesota) is chosen to receive the Roger J Wolf award. This person is someone who, like Roger J Wolf, has selflessly donated time, energy, materials and knowledge with in the community. This year, MVAC honored North Mankato resident Betty Ouren. Ouren, Vice President Marketing Manager and HR for MinnStar Bank, has been involved in volunteering ever since she and her husband settled in the area. Betty has been involved with such causes as March of Dimes, Educare, City Center Partnership, her church and Minnesota Valley Action Council

Along with the Roger J Wolf award, an achiever and supporter for each of the nine counties is honored as well. An achiever is someone that overcame obstacles or barriers and/or has made significant progress towards self-reliance and/or achieved self-sufficiency. A supporter is a person or business that has worked closely with MVAC to help ensure the success of the programs that MVAC offers by providing service, contributed money, space, or products. They may also have volunteered time and or resources.

This year, the achievers and supporters are as follows: Blue Earth County: Dana Wagner and Jacob Soppa and SS Boutique. Brown County: Haley Waibel and Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery. Faribault County: Alexander Guerrin and A. Dahl Trucking. Le Sueur County: Stacy Wolf and Le Sueur County Children’s Mental Health. Martin County: Carter Wruke and Dana Rahm. Nicollet County: Brittany Lindblom and Jamie Mack and Chris Carlson, Dakota Meadows Middle School. Sibley County: Patrick Schuelter and Sibley County employees, Marilee Peterson and Samantha Kral. Waseca County: Juan Galvan and Jo Ann Erickson. Watonwan County: Selena Morales and Watonwan County Children’s Services Director, Megan Karau.

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