Frontline Heroes

Recognizing frontline workers in long-term care for their personal courage and dedication to helping others

Nominate a Frontline Hero

Let’s recognize frontline care workers in Central Minnesota!

D-CAN’s Frontline Heroes Award Program focuses specifically on frontline workers such as CNA’s, home health aides, nurses, LPN’s, chaplains, and others working within long-term care facilities including hospitals, assisted living, and memory care. Individuals who have shown outstanding commitment and care to patients may be nominated. Nominations will be reviewed by D-CAN staff, and those selected will be notified prior to the announcement. Winners will receive an award certificate, and be recognized on D-CAN’s website and social media sites.

Employers can submit a nomination for staff members, and patients and/or families of patients can nominate a care worker who has touched their lives.

2022 Heroes

January Recipients

Heanette Nichelson, Assisted Living Home Health Aide

Good Shepherd Community would like to recognize Heanette Nichelson, Assisted Living Home Health Aide, for the Sprinter recognition as someone early in their career. Heanette has been employed by Good Shepherd for nearly five years. 

Heanette’s smile lights up the room. She has a sunny disposition that puts the older adults she cares for at ease. She has a heart of gold and will take the necessary time with each resident to ensure all their needs are being met, a hallmark of resident-centered care. She shows genuine care and compassion for everyone she encounters. Heanette leads by example and is very passionate about being a home health aide, helping her coworkers whenever needed by pitching in to help and providing a calm, reassuring demeanor. We are blessed that Heanette is part of our Good Shepherd team!

Rose Town, LPN

Good Shepherd Community would like to recognize Rose Town, LPN, for the Long-Distance recognition as someone with many years of experience in their career. Rose has been employed by Good Shepherd for nearly 30 years!

Rose has dedicated her entire nursing career to long-term care and is known for always putting her resident’s needs first. She has a passion for memory care and has worked on our Memory Lane household for an incredible 25 years! Rose has a special way of making families feel like a respected and valued part of the care team. She has excellent clinical skills and readily jumps in to help the aides with resident cares as needs arise during her shift. She recognizes that it takes all staff to provide excellent, resident-centered care, which is exactly what they deserve, and she delivers! Rose has a big heart and never fails to advocate for her residents. We are blessed that Rose is part of our Good Shepherd team! 

Nominate a Frontline Care Worker

Thank you for nominating a hero!

To nominate someone you can either complete the form below or email your information to Tami Kolbinger, Care Navigator/Educator at D-CAN at

Frontline Heroes Nomination Form

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Central MN Dementia Community Action Network

3701 12th Street North, Suite 103
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Call: (320) 640-6726
Fax: (320) 774-1238
Hours: by appointment only

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