Dave Mertes named District Volunteer of the Year


Come help celebrate!

Dave Mertes, Saint Anne of Winona volunteer, was recently honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the District Volunteer of the Year award.

The District Volunteer of the Year award honors individuals in older-adult services whose commitment and dedication enhance the quality of life for seniors and their communities. Mertes was one of five volunteers in the state selected for the regional award.

Mertes has volunteered at Saint Anne for 33 years, lending a hand in various activities such as passing water, volunteering in the chapel, calling bingo, assisting with events, playing Santa, and being an active board member on both the operating board and foundation board. Mertes is well known across campus, placing a high importance on getting to know everyone who walks through the doors, weather they are a new resident or staff member. He always has a smile on his face and his interactions with others are both personal and uplifting.

“Dave is a friend to all he encounters and is loved by our residents, guests, staff and volunteers,” said Jodi Barton.

Come help celebrate Mertes and his achievement at St. Anne of Winona Extended Healthcare in the main dining room on Thursday, March 28, from 2-3:30 p.m. Enjoy hors d’oeuves, cake, cocktails and other refreshments while playing “DaveM” (bingo)! If you have any questions, email esther.zimmerman@bhshealth.org, or call 507-205-6227.

Mertes received the award at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, the state’s largest and most comprehensive aging services conference. Nearly 4,000 professionals in all aspects of older-adult services attend the annual three-day event to learn about new and innovative programs, share best practices and network with peers.

LeadingAge Minnesota is driven to transform and enhance the experience of aging. Together, with more than 60,000 caregivers, members provide quality, compassionate care to nearly 70,000 older adults every day in all the places they call home, including independent senior housing, assisted-living communities, in-home care and skilled nursing facilities.


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