Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ive been nominated for an award

I was recently nominated for an award. I wanted to share the article with you. Whether or not anything comes of it I feel honored.

I nominate TL a troop leader for Daisey Scouts.

Because of her involvement with friends, family and her community she has changed the lives of many people. She is a role model to the younger generation and a mentor to many.

Tammi attended college at RCC pursuing a degree in Human Services. She was inducted into Phi Thetta Kappa national honor fraternity. She later obtained a certificate as a nursing assistant through Brainerd Lakes.

Tammi was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003, but that doesn't seem to slow her down much.

Working in real estate as a secretary, she was laid off the same day her daughter laid in critical condition after being hit by a car as a pedestrian. Her daughter suffered traumatic brain injury and while everyone else seemed to believe there was little help, Tammi stayed by her side 24/7 for 3 years spending hours upon hours rushing from one doctor to another. Her persistence paid off when her daughter graduated just this year.

Once her daughter was stable, she again returned to work. Just 2 weeks later she received yet another devastating blow. Her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She immediately left her job to stay home and care for her mother.

Despite an already busy life and mother to 5, Tammi is very easy going and willing to do anything to help someone in need. She believes someone always has it worse and she tries to look at the upside of things and find the positive in everything and everyone.

Tammi supports a number of organizations and causes. Some of them I am aware of are teen moms, prison re-entry project, the epilepsy foundation, traumatic brain injury association, multiple sclerosis awareness, ARC, Birthline, and Anna Maries- victims of domestic abuse.

She has been a child foster care provider since 1997 and recognized in 2001. She did home daycare for numerous years specializing in special needs working with developmentally challenged children.

Volunteer work includes being girl scout volunteer, a past boyscout achievement coordinator as well as assistant leader. She's taken in numerous people in need as well. Both children and adults are always welcomed.

She also volunteers with toys for tots, caritas clothing volunteer, suicide prevention, and she's even helped 3 girls get their bronze and silver girl scout awards and traveled to NYC with 200 girls!!

To relieve stress, Tammi and her family go camping nearly every weekend where her and her husband dj all of the dances. They have a seasonal site and have been there for 15 years. She enjoys the outdoors and all it offers. She goes hunting and fishing and just spending time with family and friends.

Because of her busy lifestyle she tries to remain flexible. She almost always has a back up plan. She's well prepared and well organized. She tends to look at the bigger picture and tries to make it all work.

Tammi's beliefs in god give her strength to encourage not only her children but those she mentors. She encourages everyone to do their best and not take the short cuts. She empowers them to be friendly, helpful and strong. She says to trust in God, work hard, and appreciate life like its your last day. She enjoys making the difference in someones life. She's the kind of person who will look at you with tears in her eyes and ask how she can help you.

She has a multitude of experience dealing with children with physical, sexual and emotional abuse. She also has experience with chemical dependency, developmental disabilities and language delays.

Tammi and her husband adopted their oldest grandchild nearly 5 years ago. Now 6 years old, Tammi looks forward to being her troop leader in Daisys.

Tammi was brought up with Norwegian and Swedish cooking, Lutheran, and family ties with a strong belief. She feels there are no barriers in her family that prevent her her from helping someone in need. Culture, race, religion, she feels everyone has experienced some kind of cultural conflict. Diversity is all around and people have different beliefs.

She feels everyone needs to keep working on bridging the culture gap and being more tolerant of others.


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