The LOVE Award (Living Our Values Everyday) is an employee recognition program launched on October 25, 2013 at St. Martin’s Home. It is a way for Residents, family members, volunteers and vendors to formally and timely recognize an inspiring act or job performance which goes beyond their normal duties. It is meant to recognize those acts or services which tie into our Home’s values of Reverence, Family Spirit, Humble Service, Compassion and Stewardship.
Our first group of awardees acknowledged in January, 2014 included Kathleen Bean, Rosie Brazelton, Joy Czapski, Quade Forko, Dianne Jiggetts, Kim Lewis, Joyce Smarr, Jamie Weymont, Kevina Williams, Curtis Wise, Emily Wood, and Stephanie Yoo.
Awardees will have their citations posted on a bulletin board outside Sip N’ Chat. They also receive a purple ribbon to display on their ID badge which says Living Our Values Everyday, LOVE AWARD.
The following wonderful, inspiring acts were reported and led to a Love Award:
Honoree: Kathleen Bean: “During a recent overnight snow storm Kathleen arrived to the Home earlier than usual in order to clean the snow off the cars of the night shift employees. She did this hidden act of charity out of the kindness of her heart without wanting anyone to know. However, we all know, what is hidden in the dark will be revealed in the light!”
Honoree: Rosie Brazelton: “While trying to fix the telephone of a Resident, Rosie saw I needed some help. Without my asking, Rosie took the time to offer me assistance even though she was trying to finish her cleaning assignment before her lunch break. She noticed how important the phone set up was to the Resident so she opted to take the chance of cutting her lunch break short to please the Resident. We were both able to go our separate ways with a feeling of fulfillment, for in that moment, we had put into motion the words of our Foundress Jeanne Jugan, “Keeping the Resident happy, that’s all that counts!”
Honoree: Joy Czapski, LPN: “Joy is proactive in time sensitive critical situations and is a team player. She is always willing to do the extra ‘behind the scenes work’ to make sure our Residents are happy and taken care of. Working with Joy…well, really is a joy!”
Honoree: Quade Forko, GNA: “Quade possesses an outstanding listening ability. She provides a willing and respectful ear to Residents and her co-workers, always listening for ways in which she can help them.”
Honoree: Dianne Jiggetts: “Everyone who knows Dianne loves her sweet, warm-hearted soul. She brightens everyone’s day! She is a great role model for the Little Sisters of the Poor!”
Honoree: Kim Lewis, LPN: “Kim routinely informs the front reception desk the duty status of nurses on the cottages and the availability of the nursing leadership team. Such communication promotes the value of family spirit in our Home.”
Honoree: Joyce Smarr: “Joyce is a devoted presence in the Lourdes dining room, carefully feeding Residents who need assistance during the meal service. Joyce contributes to the family spirit we enjoy at St. Martin’s Home.
Honoree: Jamie Weymont, social services: “Jamie’s cheerful, cooperative demeanor, can-do spirit, and positive energy reflect great credit upon herself, the social services profession and the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
Honoree: Kevina Williams, GNA: “She treats every one of her Residents and coworkers as family by keeping their care and well-being close to her heart.”
Honoree: Curtis Wise: “He volunteered to use his four-wheel drive vehicle to pick up stranded nursing assistants having difficulty getting to work due to the heavy snow.”
Honoree: Emily Wood, RN: “Emily is always ready to lend a helping hand. She provides instruction to the GNA’s in a polite and respectful manner and creates a peaceful working environment, putting her coworkers at ease and excited about coming to work.
Honoree: Stephanie Yoo: “Stephanie was observed being especially kind and accommodating to a Resident who was having an extremely difficult day. Stephanie quickly reacted with compassion and spoke with the Resident in a gentle, understanding manner. We are blessed to have her at St. Martin’s Home!”