Annette D’Mello, a 13-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Lines’ human resources and payroll department, has been named the company’s Volunteer of the Year, an annual award that recognizes outstanding dedication and commitment to community service.

D’Mello was honored for her role in Carnival’s employee volunteer service group, the “Friends Uniting Neighbors (F.U.N.) Team,” donating her time to a variety of organizations, including Feeding South Florida, The Humane Society of Greater Miami, Salvation Army, March of Dimes, among others.  In addition to presenting D’Mello with a commemorative nautical-themed 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.  This year’s reception featured a keynote address by Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Honey Shine mentoring program for young girls who also served as godmother to the company’s newest ship, Carnival Breeze, which began year-round service from Miami in November.

Over the past year, nearly 250 Carnival employees participated in more than 75 different volunteer service activities representing a total of 1,800 volunteer hours.

D’Mello (second from left) is pictured here at the festivities with Wilson Mourning (far left), along with her department head, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer Anne Bramman (far right), and Brenda Yester, Carnival’s senior vice president of revenue management who serves on the national board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and presented Carnival employees with their gold-, silver- and bronze-level service awards.