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Phyllis Parker named outstanding senior volunteer

Phyllis Parker
Phyllis Parker

Phyllis Parker of Grand Marais has been chosen as Minnesota's 2013 outstanding senior volunteer.

Parker, 69, is the state's winner of Home Instead Senior Care's Salute to Senior Service Award. She is being recognized for her dedicated community service, including her work at the North Shore Care Center.

Through Care Partners she's formed deep relationships with patients and their families. She reads on a weekly basis to several seniors, including a 104-year-old lady whose family lives out of state. You can hear an interview with Phyllis Parker on WTIP’s Third Thursday Community Conversation program, airing June 20 at 7 p.m.

Parker is also the volunteer secretary of the Grand Marais Maple Hill Fire Department and is in charge of registration for the annual Mush for a Cure fundraiser. A $500 donation will be made to the non profit of her choice and she is in the running for national recognition.