Yesterday ARRM honored Senator Julie Rosen (23) with a 2015 ARRM Leadership Award. The presentation ceremony at The Red Rock Center in Fairmont recognized Senator Rosen for her ongoing dedication to supporting people with disabilities across the state. The ARRM Leadership Award was created over a decade ago to recognize innovative leaders in the public and private sectors whose advocacy work has significantly impacted Minnesotans with disabilities.
ARRM CEO Bruce Nelson presented the award and commended Senator Rosen for her brilliant coordination with fellow legislators across the aisle. He noted that her expertise was instrumental in passing recent regulatory reforms designed to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities across the state. “People with disabilities, their caregivers and providers are lucky to have Senator Rosen as our champion in St. Paul. Our state is a much better place for Minnesotans with disabilities because of Julie Rosen,” Nelson said.
In her acceptance speech to over 40 disability service leaders, individuals with disabilities, and their family members, Senator Rosen pledged to continue her efforts to improve care for individuals with disabilities. She noted that she was deeply touched by the award.
Chad Brandt sang a holiday song and beautifully played a harmonica at the event. He lives in the area and receives disability services from REM Heartland. Local disability providers also presented a plaque to Representative Bob Gunther (23A) and thanked him for his contributions to services for people with disabilities.
Group photo, from left: Alicia Walterman, REM; Randy Lubenow, REM; Sen Julie Rosen; Rep Bob Gunther; Lori Larson, REM; Linda Sandvig, Legislative Liaison to REM; Bruce Nelson, ARRM; Colin Chambers, REM; and Connie Menne, REM.
--Amy Wartick, Communications Director