The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, hosted their annual Employee Appreciation event on Tuesday evening, February 3, at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Many of the 149 employees and their spouses or guests were present for the occasion.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Saint Francis Award. The Franciscan Sisters’ Values Committee sponsors this annual award, given to an employee who lives and ministers the values of Saint Francis of Assisi and that of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.
Amy Scholl, human resource director, said, “Each year the employees and sisters nominate a person for this annual award. The person they choose manifests our Franciscan values in the way they carry out their work with us.
“The values embody respect, meaning we treat each other and all of God’s creation with dignity, justice and reverence; open communication, where we encourage people to express their ideas and feelings in ways that are clear, honest and direct; hospitality, where we create a comfortable, respectful environment in which people feel welcome, safe and valued; and compassion, in which we weave genuine concern and care into our interactions and seek to work together with flexibility and fairness, creating a supportive environment for all.”
Kelly Olson, who works in Clare Residence, is the Saint Francis Award recipient for 2014. The nominations for Olson stated, “We see Kelly many times being interrupted, requested to do something for someone and is ready with a happy, kind, generous (and often humorous) response to help make someone’s day. There is always a smile and a giggle no matter who you are or what the situation may be. When the sisters are down or at times just need someone to talk to, an arm goes around them with a smile. There are no bounds when it comes to helping and being there for the sisters and co-workers.”
Olson began her employment at St. Francis when she was in high school and now works full time as the Health Unit Clerk in the second floor nursing unit. She commented, “The sisters and staff are very friendly and welcoming. In many ways we are like a family to one another. When walking in and out of the doors, you are always greeted with a friendly hello, how was your weekend or have a great night! We appreciate and respect one another.”
She added, “I use the Franciscan values of respect, open communication, hospitality and compassion every day here at St. Francis Convent and at home. I feel especially honored to have been chosen for this award. I thank those who nominated me but know there are many others who are very deserving of this same recognition.”
Ten employees were recognized for their years of service: 35 years – Phyllis Dobis, Finance; 30 years – Elsie Miller, Technology; 25 years – Donna Field, Leadership; 15 years – Sandy McNeill, Health & Recreation; 10 years – Melissa Harris, Clare Residence; Nicole Maslowski, Health & Recreation; Amy Hollingsworth, Nutrition Services; Jeff Odendahl, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation; and 5 years – Dick Beyreuther, Finance; Alex Kulus, Nutrition Services.