FULDA — Care Providers of Minnesota announces that Annette Kremer, activities director at Maple Lawn Senior Care, has been presented with a Rising Star Award at a statewide senior care convention hosted earlier this month in Minneapolis.

The Rising Star Award recognizes the contributions of an employee who is new to their profession — within the last five years — and has made a significant impact in their years of service.

Kremer was one of two recipients chosen for this award. She was selected due to the enthusiasm and creativity she brings to her new position as activities director.

Kremer started as an activities assistant at Maple Lawn Senior Care and was promoted to the role of director when the position became available in 2015. With a degree in social work, she immediately got to work and completed the necessary coursework to become certified by the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (NCCAP).

Kremer grew up in Fulda and has strong ties to the community. Many of the activities she plans revolve around the community: an Easter egg hunt for local families hosted at Maple Lawn; “buddy” time with local fifth-graders who visit and read with residents; and “prom” photos with students and residents.

“Annette is singularly focused on resident care, exudes positivity and is a confidant for staff and residents,” said Arlan Swanson, Administrator/CEO at Maple Lawn Senior Care. “She is invested in the residents and her staff.

“Annette shows consistent concern for keeping residents engaged and finding new things to hold their interest,” he added. “You would think she had been doing the job for 20 years.”

Kremer was presented with her award during the opening keynote session, which was part of the three-day educational convention for long-term care providers. Presenting the award was Patti Cullen, president and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota; and Sharon St. Mary, Board of Director’s Chair, Care Providers of Minnesota.