At the entrance to the “Sip & Chat” Cafe is a plaque acknowledging the St. Jeanne Jugan Employee of the Year award. The 2012 award winner is Alice Ebako, LPN, a full-time evening employee who has been with Little Sisters of the Poor for three years.
The annual award, first given at St. Martin’s Home in 2003, honors the employee who exemplifies the spirit of Jean Jugan, including humble service, reverence and compassion for the needy elderly. This coveted award is given to a St. Martin’s Home employee who is “considered by their co-workers as someone who exemplifies the spirit of Jeanne Jugan in their service to the elderly.”
Alice acknowledged the award by thanking her colleagues who nominated her and the committee who chose her by writing, “This award could not have been achieved without the inspiration I have received from everybody, from whom I have derived the motivation and strength to challenge myself and perform better.” Alice also wrote, “I am sure that every other nominee was capable of winning!”
Alice’s picture is placed near the plaque. Award winners are presented with a statue of St. Jeanne Jugan, a certificate, a gift basket, along with a special “reserved” parking spot for one year.