2013 Nominees Section

View Nominees

Valerie Whalen

Valerie Whalen

Position: Care Giver

Organization: Home Care Giver


Why should this person be nominated? (What makes nominee unique; why should they be selected the winner of this category?
Michael Karpinski is nominating his sister Valerie Whalen, who has been taking care of him since 2006.

What is this nominee’s involvement in senior care or senior issues
"I would like to nominate my sister Valerie. In 2006, I was informed that I would have 4 months to live. She did an intervention, which saved my life. She now not only works, is a mother and grandmother,but also my care giver. She takes me to all my doctors appointments, shops, cooks, and cleans. She pays my bills, does the laundry, and manages the insurance details, doctors visits and agency programs. She does just about everything! She deserves more than an award, but I would like to give her recognition of all that she has done for me and to let her know how much I appreciate the time and effort in caring for me."