New Town tribal nurse receives state honor

NEW TOWN, N.D.- Holly Mayer-Taft says she didn't expect to receive a state-wide honor.

"Thank you, first for the recognition," said Mayer-Taft.

She also said she didn't expect to get the award from her family.

"Holly Mayer-Taft happens to be my sister," said Monica Mayer.

Holly's sister and tribal councilwoman had nominated her for public health worker of the year, but Holly received an even higher honor.

"We were informed that she did not receive the Public Health Nurse Outstanding Award, she received the Outstanding Service Award, the highest award the state of North Dakota can give out," Monica said.

Holly and Monica both work in healthcare, and their mother Avis got to watch as her daughters shared this special moment.

"I think is the reason for outstanding service is the fact that Holly told me, no matter what happens in your daily work, as long as you're a good patient advocate, you can't go wrong," Monica said.

Holly said her most important role is to educate.

"So we don't have to live in a crisis all the time, focus more on prevention, you know and just providing the resources," Holly said.

The whole family will attend her honor banquet in Grand Forks this summer.