This October the Avila Institute and the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm awarded two recipients, Cheryl Petell and Alfred W. Norwood, with the Flos Carmeli Award. This year’s award ceremony took place on Monday, October 9th at the Carmelite Sisters' Motherhouse in Germantown, NY during the AIG October Long-term Care Conference. Both recipients were honored with a citation and medal and took a moment to express their appreciation.
“Flos Carmeli,” meaning “Flower of Carmel,” is an award given to individuals who are a part of the Carmelite family who propagate the mission of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O. Carm., Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm with dedication and enthusiasm for living out and spreading the Carmelite mission.
The first recipient was Cheryl Petell who received the “Sanctity of Life” award. She is the Housekeeping Coordinator at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Since her teenage years, Cheryl has dedicated her career working with the elderly in dietary, laundry, and housekeeping departments. She considers the facility to be her home and the residents and fellow colleagues to be her family. Her peers consider her presence to be a gift to them; they are thankful for the love she brings to her work every day.
Next a special award “Promoting Innovative Education for Compassionate Care” was given to Alfred W. Norwood, faculty member for the Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG). Alfred began working with AIG and Sr. Peter Lillian Di Maria in 2003. Many of AIG’s successful programs on behavior and dementia care were cultivated with the direct influence and support of Mr. Norwood. He enjoys presenting information on psychology of aging and has presented at many AIG conferences, countless dementia care training sessions, webinars, and many other programs.
Both the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and AIG are proud to celebrate these individuals who have brought their skills, their love, and their devotion to the Carmelite mission by mirroring the qualities of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm.
Click below to view the gallery of photos from the ceremony.