WILLMAR — Advocacy & Inclusion Matter recently presented their annual awards to those who have shown commitment to advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in living as independently as possible.

Paula Nelson was presented with the Anne Miller Volunteer of the Year Award for her countless hours in assisting with AIM programs.

AIM’s People First group selected a self-advocate to receive the People First Member of the Year Award. Kari Benson was given the award for her volunteerism, commitment to advocacy, and for being a role model to others.

Loren Holter of Kandi Works received the Ruth Mossberg Service Professional Award for his dedicated career to serving people with disabilities.

The Mary Rhude Advocacy Award went to Lyle Hovland and the Willmar High School National Honor Society for providing social inclusion opportunities such as the formal spring dance at the Willmar High School.

The Community Partner Award went to Bremer Bank for its longtime support and involvement with the organization.

AIM provides advocacy, wellness and education services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has served the Willmar region for 60 years.