St. Otto’s Care Center volunteer receives recognition at statewide convention

Ginny Guck, a volunteer at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, was named Adult Volunteer of the Year at a statewide senior care convention recently. Pictured are Tom Pollock, administrator, Park River Estates Care Center and Board of Director’s chair, Care Providers of Minnesota, Patti Cullen, president and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota; Guck, and Brian Bernander, administrator at St. Otto’s.
Ginny Guck, a volunteer at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, was named Adult Volunteer of the Year at a statewide senior care convention recently. Pictured are Tom Pollock, administrator, Park River Estates Care Center and Board of Director’s chair, Care Providers of Minnesota, Patti Cullen, president and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota; Guck, and Brian Bernander, administrator at St. Otto’s.

St. Otto’s Care Center announced that Ginny Guck has been presented with an Adult Volunteer of the Year Award at a statewide senior care convention held recently in Minneapolis. The Adult Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made contributions to the quality of life for residents or the working environment of staff in a long-term care setting.

Guck was chosen because of her extraordinary dedication and commitment to the St. Otto’s Care Center community. For 22 years, she has been the chapel caretaker. Early every morning, she makes sure supplies are in place, microphones are working, and flowers are in place for the daily masses, protestant services, memorials, funerals and holiday services held in the chapel. Ginny greets all residents by name and makes sure all their religious needs are met. She provides a strong guiding voice as she leads many residents through their daily Rosary.

Guck also makes sure St. Otto’s is appropriately decorated for each season and holiday — New Year’s, Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. With 80,000 square feet to decorate, she spends hours creating just the right wreath, wall hanging, and table display to fit the occasion.

Brian Bernander, administrator, St. Otto’s Care Center, said, “Ginny’s goal is to make our place a home for whoever resides here—whether short or long-term. I have never met such a dedicated volunteer. Ginny always makes everyone feel welcome and helps out unconditionally. And, she’s been doing that for over 22 years.”

Guck was presented with her award during the opening session of Care Providers of Minnesota’s annual statewide three-day educational convention for long-term care providers.