Three UW Health Employees Honored for Their Community Service
Anielska Brautigam, Bonnie Stamm and Andrea Strayer are recipients of the annual UW Health Community Service Award.
This award was created to recognize faculty and staff from throughout the UW Health enterprise who demonstrate exceptional commitment and leadership as a volunteer for a community organization that promotes a community health priority.
At an awards ceremony held on Friday, November 5, 2010, Brautigam, Stamm and Strayer were each presented with the award in recognition of their volunteer service.
Representatives from each recipient's volunteer organization, Aids Network, KEYS and Three Gaits, Inc., were presented with a $500 donation in honor of their UW Health volunteer and to support their important work.
All award nominees and winners served a minimum of 50 volunteer hours within the past fiscal year at an organization that addresses a community health priority, directly helps or benefits UW Health patients and families, or supports community health research.
"The spirit of volunteerism among UW Health employees has always been very strong," said Janice Bultema, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, UW Hospital and Clinics. "We are so proud to have this opportunity to formally recognize fourteen individuals for their time, commitment and devotion to helping others."
Anielska Brautigam, AIDS Network
Anielska Brautigam, who goes by Annie, is a Medical Communications Specialist in the Department of Telecommunications at UW Hospital and Clinics and will celebrate her 10-year anniversary with UW Health. She has been a devoted volunteer of the AIDS Network-Madison for over four years.
"I have witnessed the devastation that AIDS leaves behind," explained Annie. "I have observed the damage it inflicts on the individual, their family members, and their community. I volunteer for the friends whom I have lost, and for the friends who continue to battle this disease on a daily basis."
Since 1985, the AIDS network has provided comprehensive, community-driven HIV/AIDS prevention and care services including support groups, legal assistance, HIV testing, prevention education, case management and support services, and financial assistance.
Annie works at the front desk of the AIDS Network every week, greeting clients and members of the public and directing calls to case managers and prevention personnel. Annie is fluent in Spanish and assists AIDS Network Prevention Staff at the Latino Health Fair, as well and UW-Madison and community events to ensure that all populations have access to critical information and are educated about HIV/AIDS prevention.
Katie Childs, AIDS Network Development and Volunteer Coordinator appreciates Annie's "helpful, non-judgmental attitude" and shared how "many clients have come to know her as a kind, familiar face and trust her presence in the office."
You may know Bonnie as a registered nurse at UW Health's East Towne Clinic Urgent Care. What you may not know, is how she has turned personal tragedy into a campaign to Keep Everyone You Know Safe.
"On April 18, 2002, my daughter was killed by a drunk driver while she was jogging," Bonnie shared. "It was devastating to our family. In honor of Aimee's positive and non-judgmental approach to everything she touched and to so many others who have lost their lives, I decided that I did not want another family to have to experience this tragedy. I, along with many members of the community and law enforcement started KEYS."
KEYS: Keeping Everyone You Know Safe, is a non-profit organization devoted to preventing injury and death due to impaired driving.
"KEYS is a pay-it-forward concept that high schools as well as other members of the community use to give a key to someone they care about," explained Bonnie. "Every time they see that key on their keychain, they will be reminded of who gave it to them and remember the message they received."
Nearly 100,000 keys have been distributed since Bonnie co-founded the organization in 2004. This past year alone, Bonnie has donated 750 volunteer hours, traveling to schools around the state to share her story and help students understand the devastating consequences of driving under the influence.
KEYS Volunteer Coordinator Julie Foley writes: "Bonnie is the best ambassador of the program and the message because she can speak eloquently and from the heart about the consequence of disregard. She is the visionary, the inspiration, the face and the voice of the cause."
Andrea Strayer, Three Gaits, Inc.
Andrea Strayer has been a volunteer with Three Gaits Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, an organization that works to improve the quality of life and well-being for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Andrea has worked in the UW Department of Neurosurgery as a nurse practitioner for the past 17 years, so you might assume that her commitment to Three Gaits is professional in nature. But it's very personal.
"My son began riding to develop balance, gross motor skills and problem solving - while building his self confidence and self esteem," she shared. "For six years, Three Gaits has provided a place to feel good about himself."
Three Gaits serves children and adults affected by conditions such as autism, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, stroke and Down syndrome who work with national-certified instructors and occupational therapists toward individualized functional goals. From the back of a horse, riders build coordination, strength, balance and confidence, and experience a freedom of movement they might not get anywhere else.
"Rather than looking at what they can't do," says Andrea, "Three Gaits' clients discover what they can do."
Andrea's journey as a volunteer with Three Gaits has progressed over years, and she has donated her skills and time serving on several committees as a board member, writing grants and coordinating fundraisers, and currently serves as board president.
According to Dena Duncan, Program Director for Three Gaits, "Andrea is widely respected and valued by staff, volunteers, board members and the individuals and families we serve."
Eleven additional award nominees were also recognized at the ceremony for their volunteer efforts:
- Lisa Arndt, OccuPaws Guide Dog Association
- Trudy Brule, Flashes of Hope
- Mary Dodd, Special Olympics Wisconsin
- Ann Evensen, American Academy of Family Physicians Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Program
- Darlene Helming, HOPES: Helping Others Prevent and Educate About Suicide
- Linda Landsverk, Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
- Rebeca Liebl, Capital Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance of Madison
- Darla Lockman, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Madison Affiliate
- Lois Losseneger, Belleville Area Emergency Medical Services
- Mary Ann Steiner, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk
- Barb Zimmerman, SHARE Wisconsin
Congratulations to each nominee and award recipient. The UW Health Community Service Award will be given annually, and nominations for 2011 will be accepted in July.
Date Published: 12/03/2010