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. Alto was one of five volunteers in the state selected for the regional award.
Alto began her nursing career at St. Michael’s over 40 years ago. With further education her career path led her to other jobs, including in-patient rehab at Essentia Health-Virginia and U.S. Steel’s dispensary. Her passion was always been in serving the elderly so she started volunteering her time with St. Michael’s Foundation serving as chairperson on the Community Relations Committee. The annual Chili Cook-Off, the foundation’s signature fundraiser, has been a huge success for the past eight years due to Alto’s the leadership role.
Alto received the award earlier this year 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 their peers.