Truly great caregivers deserve to be celebrated. So we're tipping our hats to Marlene Nys, the 2014 Vermont Au Pair of the Year. The competition is sponsored by Massachusetts-based Culture Care Au Pair, an organization that helps place international caregivers with American families. Nys, a 21-year-old French citizen, was nominated by host mom Suzanne Johnson of Shelburne; Nys cares for her 12-year-old daughter, Caroline, in exchange for a stipend and room and board. "Marlene arrived just as I was recovering from breast cancer," Johnson wrote in her nomination letter. "She helped Caroline feel safe again in a very uncertain world." Johnson, whose two older kids are away at school, has hosted 13 au pairs since 2008. She's never nominated one for this honor until now. Johnson wrote that Nys is "a guiding star" for her daughter and "a loving mentor. She will forever be in our family."