Rosa Gardiner and Charlotte Folkersma have won the Individual of the Month through United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula’s Spotlight Recognition Program. Rosa was nominated by Laura Reese and won for the month of June while Charlotte was nominated by Hospice House of the EUP and won for the month of July.
Rosa Gardiner has been working with lactation consulting for many years now. She teaches breast feeding classes at the health department and does in home visits with new and soon to be moms. But what is outstanding about this is she goes above and beyond her duties as a lactation consultant to answer phone calls and texts throughout all hours of the day while still maintaining a full-time position.
Moms who are unable to afford lactation services or whose insurance does not cover services are treated the same as those who can and do, with no charge to the moms. Rosa is truly passionate about lactation consulting and would go broke and sleepless before a nursing mother went without help.
Charlotte is an amazing young woman who came to Hospice one afternoon with the idea of organizing a 5k run/walk for the Hospice House. In less than two months her enthusiasm and energetic spirit started to spread like wildfire. With the support of the War Memorial Nurses Association, 220 runners, walkers, people pushing baby strollers, and even those walking dogs came out to support the cause, which raised $6,500.
For Charlotte it was more than raising money. “It was a time where everyone could take action, leave a legacy, and show their continuing support. Hospice focuses on quality of life and making the most of a patient’s remaining time. As a healthcare provider, I am devoted to seeing success in all efforts for making Hospice House a place where families can come together, knowing their loved ones were taken care of with respect, love, and honor.”
Charlotte packed an unbelievable number of hours into planning the 5k in just a short period of time. The organization from start to finish was amazing. Even the race participants were favorably impressed with the quality of the event and look forward to this being an annual race. And on the day of the race with only three hours of sleep, Charlotte still had a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eyes.