Murielle Saint-Jean, an employee in Carnival Cruise Lines’ guest care department, has been named the company’s Volunteer of the Year, an annual award that recognizes outstanding dedication and commitment to community service.

A 16-year Carnival veteran, Saint-Jean was honored for her role in Carnival’s employee volunteer service group, the “Friends Uniting Neighbors (F.U.N.) Team,” donating her time to such organizations as Camillus House, Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Bay Oaks Home for the Aged.  In addition to presenting Saint-Jean with an etched acrylic clock, Carnival is making a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice.

The award was presented at the company’s annual Volunteer Reception, which pays tribute to those employees who volunteer their time and talent in helping those less fortunate in the South Florida community.  Last year, Carnival employees participated in 87 volunteer service activities representing a total of 2,500 volunteer hours.

Saint-Jean (center) is pictured here at the festivities with her department head, Vice President of Guest Services and Support Vicky Rey (left), and Linda Coll, director of the Carnival Foundation, which coordinates the company’s corporate philanthropy efforts.