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  • Trauma Informed Pioneers: First Ladies Working to Heal Communities

    Fri, 03/17/2017

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  • Big turnout for Walker's walk

    By ERIN KELLY Staff writer | 

    BELOIT — Beloit may have broken a record associated with Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker.

    Walk With Walker event organizers speculated that Tuesday’s walk through Beckman Mill Park may have had the largest crowd in the event’s history with nearly 100 participants.

    The first lady has walked more than 50 nature paths around Wisconsin for Walk With Walker, which promotes fitness and spotlights local attractions.

    “It’s about connecting with neighbors and friends and talking to them about what’s important to them, but it’s also about getting moving,” Walker said. Walker said the event was originally supposed to focus completely on fitness but needed to change after only women with strollers and older people came.

    Thu, 08/18/2016

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  • Walking With Walker - First Lady Visits Waupaca

    Area residents joined First Lady Tonette Walker for a walk on Waupaca’s River Ridge Trail last week.

    The Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Thursday, June 9 Walk with Walker in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

    Tue, 06/14/2016

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  • First Lady takes 50th Walk in Door County

    Wisconsin’s first lady visited Door County’s Peninsula State Park to take a morning walk with nature enthusiasts, residents, travelers and exercisers to promote the 50th Walk with Walker event she has coordinated since 2011.

    Thu, 05/12/2016

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  • Anderson: Protecting the victims of crime, so they can feel safe and heal

    Imagine that you have been the victim of a crime. The police have apprehended the perpetrator and the criminal justice system is ensuring that the person pays their debt to society. But for you, the nightmare is far from over. For you the process of healing from the trauma that is a direct result of the crime is just beginning.

    Mon, 04/18/2016

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  • Wisconsin's First Lady Works Behind the Scenes to Help the State's Children

    Opportunity Lives

    April 1, 2016

    Wed, 04/13/2016

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  • "Walk With Walker" Promotes Healthy Living

    ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - Wisconsin's first lady took a stroll through the area Wednesday.

    Tonette Walker, wife of Governor Scott Walker, was in Onalaska walking the Great River State Trail. It's part of her 'Walk with Walker' campaign, which promotes living a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the outdoors.

    She says it's not only a way to stay active, but also a chance to connect with Wisconsin residents.

    "It's so beautiful and it gives me a chance to get out, and meet people across the state, and get to hear from them, and what they're concerned about, and what they love about our state," said Walker.

    This is the first lady's 44th walk in the four years of the campaign.

    Thu, 07/30/2015

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  • Zwarts honored for work with foster kids

    Foster parents Doug and Diana Zwart of La Crosse were honored last week with the 2015 Governor’s Foster Care Award for their work with children in La Crosse County.

    “Foster Care Month gives us an opportunity to thank the families who care for the vulnerable children in Wisconsin who have to be removed from their homes,” Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker said. “Foster parents play a critical role in helping these children take the first step of their journey towards healing and recovery.”

    Foster parents since 2013, the Zwarts have taken exceptional measures to keep birth families involved in their foster children’s lives. The Zwarts have accepted placements of children with Native American heritage and have ensureed that they are respectful of tribal traditions. During one placement, the Zwarts made several trips to South Dakota to ensure that the children were remained connected to their family and their culture.

    Sun, 05/31/2015

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Explains Summer Events

    Wed, 05/27/2015

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  • Aurora announces initial grant recipients of Better Together Fund

    Aurora Health Care on Thursday announced that it is awarding a total of $6.6 million in grants through its Better Together Fund to nearly two dozen federally qualified health centers and free clinics throughout eastern Wisconsin. The funds will be used to help community-based providers improve access to primary care and behavioral health services.

    First Lady Tonette Walker joined Aurora Health Care Thursday evening at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee for an award presentation. 

    “Aurora Health Care is dedicated to helping the communities we serve to live well,” said Dr. Nick Turkal, president and chief executive officer. “Through our Better Together Fund, we’re proud to support like-minded organizations that are striving to create better access points to health care for all. Aurora is excited by the new and innovative projects of these amazing organizations, and we look forward to the many benefits they will provide to the people of Wisconsin.” 

    Thu, 05/14/2015

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