As Wisconsin’s Former First Lady, Tonette Walker most enjoys using her role to help improve the lives of the people of Wisconsin. She is currently working in partnership with various foundations and non-profit organizations to better recognize, understand, and address the effects of trauma on the lives of children and families in Wisconsin.
Through these partnerships, she hopes to establish the State of Wisconsin as a national leader in the Trauma Informed Care movement.
Tonette also works regularly with Teen Challenge of Wisconsin, a faith-based organization dedicated to the healing and rehabilitation of teens and young adults with substance abuse addictions.
In an effort to promote health and fitness and to showcase some of the beautiful but lesser known sites across the state, Tonette invites the people of Wisconsin to “Walk with Walker.” Each month, the First Lady is joined by local residents, visitors, and friends and family to walk a short trail and explore Wisconsin’s most picturesque scenery.
Wisconsin is home to some of the friendliest and most giving people in the nation. To recognize the generosity of many Wisconsin residents, the Former First Lady presents a Wisconsin Heroes Award quarterly to a resident who voluntarily devotes his or her time and energy to a non-profit organization or cause.