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Chris Burrows Receives Associate of the Year Award

By Megan Lackman
On October 11, 2013


To some she may be the library mom. To others she may be the nice café lady. Chris Burrows, a Chartwells employee of four years, has been awarded the Northeast Region Associate of The Year award. This award is given to those who are noticed for their outstanding work for Chartwells, chosen out of 1,000 nominees.

Before being placed at the Library Café, Burrows worked for the catering crew. Burrows has been with the Library Café from the beginning, it is her pride and joy. She enjoys coming to work.

“How many people do you know who are excited to go to work? When I wake up in the morning, I don’t dread going to work, I look forward to going to work,” said Burrows.

When Burrows found out she was nominated, she was in tears.

“It was such and honor, being awarded for something you love,” said Burrows.

The announcement came to the library in the form of flowers and an envelope. Burrows had no idea what was going on until she had opened the card and read what it said.

Today, there will be a reception in New York at the College of Mt. St. Vincent, where she will receive her award.

“I enjoy getting up and hearing about what the kids do and how their week is going,” said Burrows.

A mother at home, Burrows likes to be a mom to the students. “These are my kids,” said Burrows.

“Chris is a ball of energy, she is always looking out for people. It is obvious why she got the award,” said junior Joe Wetherall.

Wetherall has been working at the Library Café for three years now. The first few times he worked with Burrows, he thought she was very strict because of her adamancy for cleanliness. However, her benevolent personality won him over.

When students worldwide go into their school library, most do not go there to visit the woman who works at the café.

But students at Sacred Heart do.

“Going to the library, it is great knowing that Chris is there. She is like my mom when I am away from home,” said junior Carla Vaccarello.

Students go to the café to just sit and talk to Burrows. They talk about almost anything. She enjoys getting to know the students and what they did over the summer or even their weekend plans.

“When I need to get out of my room and study, I come to the library, but I don’t go upstairs or to a study room,” said junior Katerin Owens. “I sit at the café because I know I can get work done along with the great company from Chris.”

Burrows is so grateful for her crew. She could not have done it if it was not for them.

“I have a really good crew, they all have great customer service skills,” said Burrows.

Burrows has watched many people come and go. Becoming very close with students, it is always bittersweet watching them grow from a freshmen into a graduate.

“It is sad when they graduate,”said Burrows.

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