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Hadland honored for work with women and girls

Sue Hadland

Sue Hadland was named the recipient of the 2011 Women Making Waves Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of women and children.

The award is presented on behalf of the Brainerd Women’s Fund, a committee within the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation committed to creating and supporting programs that empower and enrich the lives of women and girls. 

Only in its first year, the Women Making Waves Award was spun off from the long-standing Athena Award, given by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, in cooperation with Imgrund Motors, years ago to recognize women making outstanding contributions in the lakes area.

Hadland, a nurse practitioner at the Women’s Health Clinic at Essentia Health in Brainerd, is driving change in the community and beyond through a series of projects. She is  involved in the development of a community wellness clinic for uninsured and under-insured. 

Through her church, she volunteers at the Soup Kitchen and Interfaith Hospitality Network. She has served as a board member of the Brainerd Family YMCA and Ski Gull. After several medical mission trips to Africa, Hadland successfully organized community-wide Kids Against Hunger meal packaging events, marshaling hundreds of volunteers to assemble thousands of meals for hungry children.

“Sue has a friendly leadership style and humble spirit,” Hadland’s nomination letter states. “She sees a need and without thought of reward, uses her many creative talents and tireless work ethic to address needs in our community and beyond. We who live in the Brainerd area are all richer for the gifts of her energy and talent.”

Tami Lueck, chair of the Women Making Waves nomination committee, said Hadland was one of several women nominated for the award who have made and continue to make great strides in bettering the lives of women and children throughout the area and country.

“Sue Hadland truly has been making waves in the lakes area for over 30 years,” Lueck said. “While each of the nominees is fabulous in their own rite, the committee chose Hadland for the way she exemplifies the very essence of this award and exceeded each of the criteria which include demonstrating excellence, creativity and initiative in their business, profession or community, providing valuable services and or resources to improve the lives of women and others in their community and actively assisting women and others in realizing their full leadership and giving potential. She is an outstanding woman and human being.”

Hadland will be recognized Oct. 8 as a part of “An Afternoon in Venice” event hosted by the Women’s Fund at Madden’s on Gull Lake. For more information on the event and to order tickets, visit and click on “News and Events.”

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