Myrna Peterson, from Grand Rapids, MN, has been selected to receive the AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service, the association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Minnesota selected Peterson for her remarkable service that has made accessible public spaces in the community for people with mobility challenges.
Peterson, a former teacher, was paralyzed in a car accident more than 20 years ago. Her mission to make things more accessible, leadership, and contributions can be seen and felt across the community. Becky LaPlant nominated Myrna for the work she has done for people in Itasca County with mobility challenges. “In our community of Grand Rapids, Myrna's advocacy for accessibility has built awareness among our residents about the number of people in our area who use a wheelchair,” says LaPlant. “Myrna defines aging with dignity and purpose and it is evident every day in how she chooses to show up in the world.”
Peterson’s leadership and contributions have greatly benefitted the community, supports AARP’s vision and mission, and inspires other to volunteer. Peterson’s efforts are felt beyond the Grand Rapids area and are seen through her continued advocacy and action as a member of the Minnesota Council on Disability.
This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change. AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.
The Andrus Award for Community Services is AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute that recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The award is given annually to an individual who embodies the principles of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who believed in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Grand Rapids Area Woman Receives AARP MN's Most Prestigious Volunteer Award
Will Phillips, AARP MN State Director