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Wisconsin's First Lady laced up her walking shoes for a tour of the La Crosse River State Trail Wednesday. [video]
Wed, 05/30/2012Read More
Mother’s Day was longer than expected for Tammy Johnson this year.
Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker and state Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson recognized Tammy Johnson and her husband, Bill, for their commitment to foster children in Sauk County by honoring the Baraboo couple with the 2012 Governor’s Foster Care Award.
Thu, 05/17/2012Read More
Sheboygan foster parents Marcella and Carl BlomWillis were honored with the 2012 Governor's Foster Care Award on Monday, May 14.
The couple was recognized by First Lady Tonette Walker and Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson for their commitment to foster children in Sheboygan County.
"Having a place to call home is so important to a child's well-being," Walker said. "Foster Care Month gives us a great opportunity to thank and celebrate those who open their homes to ensure every child has a stable, loving environment. These foster parents are some of Wisconsin's most important heroes, and they are so deserving of this recognition."
Wed, 05/16/2012Read More
Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker is trying to raise awareness and end the cycle of harm for children in Wisconsin through listening sessions.
First Lady Walker told Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure on Newsradio 620 WTMJ that the listening sessions, part of trauma-informed care, are meant to shift the way people handle traumatic stress in kids.
Tue, 04/24/2012Read More
Wisconsin's first lady helped launch a statewide tour Thursday, focused on a new way to get state help to children and families who've had a traumatic experience in their lives.
Tonette Walker participated in the first of six listening sessions she hopes will help the state learn how to better recognize, understand and address problems created by traumatic stress.
Thu, 04/19/2012Read More
Two-mile walk at Waukesha park begins at 9 a.m. Friday, March 30.
Governor Scott Walker and his wife Tonette were at the game to watch their sons Matt and Alex play for Tosa East.
Thu, 03/29/2012Read More
First lady of the state Tonette Walker presented a Wisconsin Heroes award to well-known River Falls doctor Bob Johnson at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, as his wife, Mary Conroy-Johnson, and a crowd of his co-workers from the River Falls Medical Clinic and the adjoining hospital, looked on with smiles and hearty applause.
Asked if he had been surprised by the award, Johnson said with a grin, “Oh yes.”
Mon, 03/26/2012Read More
Noelle Henneman, a senior at Verona Area High School, was surprised last Thursday by Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonnette Walker, who presented Henneman with a “Wisconsin Heroes” award.
The award, presented by Walker to a different person around the state each month, recognized Henneman’s work as a director of the annual food drive last semester at the high school that raised roughly 35,000 pounds of food for the Verona Area Food Pantry.
Sun, 03/11/2012Read More
Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker, presented the first in a monthly series of awards recently, designed to recognize the heroic and voluntary efforts of Wisconsin citizens to make the state a better place.
“Throughout the state, countless individuals are eager to go the extra mile, take a stand for causes in which they believe, and use their time, effort and ideas to make Wisconsin a better place,” said Mrs. Walker. “They don’t volunteer for the praise, but I want to recognize them as a way to say thank you for their selfless and generous acts.”
Sun, 01/29/2012Read More
Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker recognized Linda Hughes as the first recipient of the Wisconsin Heroes Award on Monday, during a ceremony held at Rascals and Rockers, a dayschool Hughes runs in her home.
Walker began the award program to recognize "ordinary people doing extraordinary things" to help make Wisconsin a better place, and selected Hughes for her work in helping make ornaments that adorned the 2011 Tribute to the Troops tree at the executive residence, and for the mailing program Hughes runs that sends care packages to military personnel.
"It's truly an inspiring story and really what Wisconsin is all about," Walker said.
Tue, 01/24/2012Read More