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

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    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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  • Gronnert now a state "hero to so many"

    Working for a business of 21,000 people, an employee can often get lost in the crowd.

    Mary Gronnert wished that would have been the case Tuesday afternoon. No such luck, however, for the woman whom one admiring colleague at Schneider refers as "a hero to so many in this company."

    Wed, 04/01/2015

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  • Local volunteer awarded Wisconsin Heroes Award

    DE PERE – Tis’ the season of giving and Sister Helen Keyzer, a volunteer at Unity Hospice, was recognized for her community service she does year round.

    Wisconsin’s First Lady, Tonette Walker, was in De Pere Monday and presented Keyzer with the “Wisconsin Heroes Award.”

    Keyzer has been a volunteer since 1989.

    Most of her volunteer work includes assisting chaplains by providing spiritual support to patients receiving care.

    Keyzer says she is grateful to receive such an award, “What a blessing and so many other people that are giving and caring that need to be recognized and grateful for all of the blessings that people are doing.”

    The Wisconsin Heroes Award is given out every month.

    For more information about the award and how you can nominate someone in your community, click here.

    Mon, 12/22/2014

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  • A brisk walk with the first lady

    More than a dozen area residents braved freezing temperatures Wednesday morning to take a scenic two-mile walk with Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker around Devil’s Lake State Park.

    The event was the 40th in the Walk with Walker series, which invites people across the state to enjoy walking routes with the first lady.

    Walker, the wife of newly re-elected Gov. Scott Walker, said the family used to camp at the park when sons Matt and Alex were young.

    “It’s so beautiful,” she said after Wednesday’s jaunt partway around the lake. “The only thing that would have been better is if there was just a light dusting of snow on everything. It would have been just picture-perfect.”

    The group was the fastest to finish its journey in the event’s history, Tywana German, executive director of the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce, said with a laugh once the guests had gathered for lunch in the park’s Red Oak Shelter.

    Wed, 11/12/2014

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker presents Daryl Standafer ‘hero’ award’

    Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker, presented the Wisconsin Heroes Award to Hudsonite Daryl Standafer during a ceremony at Mama Maria’s Restaurant Wednesday, Oct. 29.

    The monthly award is designed to recognize the heroic and voluntary efforts of Wisconsin residents who help make the state a better place.

    Approximately 100 friends and family members gathered to surprise Standafer who had no idea he was receiving the award. His wife Jan told him they were attending a “mystery event” that afternoon.

    Wed, 11/12/2014

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  • Walker enjoys fall color tour at Timm’s Hill

    First lady Tonette Walker visited Timm’s Hill County Park on Wednesday, Sept. 24 as part of her Walk With Walker hiking series. The visit marked Walker’s 37th walking event in three years, all of which have taken taking place at scenic locations around the state.

    As Mrs. Walker explained to a crowed of nearly 20 participants at the hill last Wednesday, the walks originally started when Governor Scott Walker would invite people for lunchtime fitness walks during his tenure as Milwaukee County Executive. Since that time, the first lady has drawn a link between health and tourism with the walks.

    Since 2011 the hiking events have been organized between the first lady’s office and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (WDT), with a focus on visiting state, county, and national parks across the state.

    Fri, 10/03/2014

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