Children’s Youth Advisory Council wins Volunteer of the Year

Eric Dahlquist, a member of Children’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), was awarded the 2011 Minnesota Hospital Association Volunteer of the Year award at a ceremony Friday.

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Health Care Awards honor the best and brightest in Minnesota health care – individuals who have offered dedicated service to hospitals and organizations that have implemented successful, innovative programs.

As a member of YAC, Eric has been extremely involved in developing several unique projects for Children’s. Specifically, he worked on the redesign of the teen lounge, and the development of the Geek Squad precinct within the hospital. Beyond his participation in Children’s YAC, Eric has also emerged as a valuable hospital volunteer.

“Eric has the gift of intelligence, wit and curiosity, which results in an outstanding ability as a public speaker. Moreover he is compassionate and caring and is extremely engaging on a personal level. He can motivate a crowd and the individual alike, and clearly possesses the traits to be a future leader,” wrote Yoav Messinger, MD, in Eric’s nomination letter for the award.

In addition to his involvement in Children’s causes, Eric has active leadership positions in other organizations and school activities.

We congratulate Eric and thank him for all he’s done for Children’s.

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