CARLSBAD, CALIF. – Rafael Damian has been named the STAR of the Year for 2017 at La Costa Glen retirement community in Carlsbad, California. The annual STAR of the Year employee awards program, now in its third year, recognizes staff members who provide outstanding service to residents.
Damian is a lead line cook for La Costa Glen’s Food and Beverage Department, where he prepares much of the food for the community’s Avalon dining room. He has worked at La Costa Glen since 2008 and has many years of culinary experience.
Damian was named the community’s STAR of the Year from among hundreds of employees at La Costa Glen. According to his supervisor, Chris Russo, Damian was selected for the award based on his consistently strong work ethic and his skill in preparing tasty, high-quality food for the residents.
“Rafael is one-of-a-kind and the perfect role model for our STAR program,” Russo said. “Not only is he extremely talented, he is a natural leader and serves as a mentor to many of our culinary staff. Rafael is always willing to train and assist others whether they work in front of the house or the back.”
Employees are nominated for the STAR award by residents and their peers at La Costa Glen. A committee then votes to determine the employee of each quarter and ultimately decides upon the “STAR of the Year” for the community. The quarterly employees and the STAR of the Year each receive awards funded by La Costa Glen management. The STAR program stands for Service to Residents and Colleagues, Team Success, Aim for Excellence and Do the Right Thing.
About La Costa Glen
La Costa Glen, located at 1940 Levante Dr. in Carlsbad, California, is a continuing care retirement community for people 60 years of age and older featuring a variety of housing options and a package of services, activities and amenities. More information can be found at www.lacostaglen.com.