HCO is proud to announce that Arc of SE Minnesota recently acknowledged Terrianna Gjerdrum with their Self Advocacy Award. Here’s a few things that Arc had to say about Terri during their recent ceremony:
Terrianna lives in Winona and is an active member of Winona’s People First Self-Advocacy group. She continues to develop her leadership skills by taking on more responsibilities within that group, including: leading the meetings, bringing issues to the table, and planning for events and activities. She is actively involved in creating flyers announcing various activities the group plans, like the annual picnic, bowling events, and the holiday party where the group collects donations for the local food shelf.
She attended the recent state conference of The Arc Minnesota and is a strong voice for the upcoming Minnesota State Self-Advocacy Conference. She is also an active member of the Home and Community Options (HCO) Grassroots Advocacy group, attending monthly meetings and plays a key role in projects that the team plans. She actively participates in Disability Day at the Capitol, and has visited the Capitol numerous other times – each time sharing her story with area legislators.
Terrianna serves as a board member for Home and Community Options, and also serves on both HCO’s Personnel and Quality Assurance Committees. She is well respected and has developed strong relationships with other board members. She takes her responsibilities very seriously: she arrives early, is prepared, always professionally dressed, and regularly engages in meeting discussions. She is also actively involved in HCO’s annual musical production, which takes place at St. Mary’s University and raises money for HCO.
Terrianna has developed strong self-advocacy skills and she encourages her peers to become active the the movement as well.
Congratulations to Terrianna for this wonderful award!