Brad Peck, administrator of the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris, congratulates Barbara Hooper, who was named Employee of the Year by the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce.

SOUTH PARIS — Barbara Hooper, Maine Veterans’ Home food and nutritional services manager, was named Employee of the Year by the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce in a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the chamber’s offices.

The award is given to an individual who displays an outstanding work ethic, a cooperative nature among fellow employees, and contributes to the success of the company.

In addition to her daily duties seeing that all meals are prepared properly, Hooper  has designed dining rooms that meet the social, medical, psychological and physical challenges of the veterans that have elicited acclaim from her peers. She has led her team to treat all residents with dignity and has instilled in them that the needs and wants of the men and women they serve are to be met without question.

With her heavy schedule she still managed to go to school to complete her dietetic technician degree to give her a better understanding and involvement with the nutritional care of her residents. The award is part of the chamber’s Business and Community Awards for 2019. The winners will be recognized at the chamber’s annual dinner March 30.