Guest Blogger: Amanda Cahill, Montana Government Relations Director
I’m pleased to report that Heidi Stewart of Missoula and Dr. Douglas Waldo of Great Falls have both been selected to receive AHA Volunteer of the Year awards! These advocates were selected out of nominees in a 10 state region and will travel to Los Angeles to accept their awards on June 6th at an awards banquet.
Dr. Douglas Waldo was awarded the Quality and System Improvement Award for his leadership of the Mission: Lifeline Montana program. Dr. Waldo has served as the Chairman for our Mission: Lifeline Task Force and has been integral to improvements in the quality of healthcare delivery in Montana. He has an unmatched commitment to our mission of saving lives.
Heidi Stewart, a current student at University of Montana, received the Youth Advocate of the Year award. Heidi has served the AHA in many ways; as a speaker for our Go Red For Women luncheon, an advocate for CPR education, and a voice for AED placement in all public areas. Heidi’s connection with heart disease is very personal as she was diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/ Cardiomyopathy at the age of 17. She was saved by staff in her high school who were trained in CPR and AED. She continues to live a healthy life due to the technological advancements made by the American Heart Association and serves as a strong advocate.