A total of 83 employees of the Anglophone West School District are retiring at the end of this school year, marking the completion of their successful career in education.
On Saturday, June 2, a retirement party was held at the Ayr Motor Centre in Woodstock to celebrate their achievement and to present long term service awards for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the school district. Approximately 40 retirees attended the event.
"Whatever your job description, your work and commitment have strengthened our organization through the years," said Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney. "You have made an important contribution to education, while following our vision and our values for excellence, teamwork, professionalism and shared leadership. You have each played a role in building a solid and effective school system across every corner of the district and generations of students are benefactors of your efforts."
From within the group, 46 teachers are retiring, eight principals, seven educational assistants, eight bus drivers, five custodians. two maintenance technicians, and seven administrative assistants. Some were marking 15, 20, 30 or even 40 or more years of service to the district.
"As you turn the page, remember the past with fondness. Look to the future with eagerness and live each moment to the fullest," Blaney told the crowd. "Now is your time to celebrate a job well done. Thank you for your hard work and many years of service and all the best for a happy retirement."
Emcee and Director of Schools Jay Colpitts said the celebration was a "very special day" for staff and he was glad to see so many smiling faces excited about their future. He thanked the district's senior management team for their support of staff from year to year. Each senior manager came to the front of the room to form a receiving line to congratulate each of the retirees as Blaney handed out the individual awards.
Shown in the photos below are (1) Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney with Hayward Stewart, bus driver with 47 years of service; (2) bus driver Harold Fairley, 29 years of service, with his wife Carol; (3) Marcel Richard, 32 years of service as a maintenance technician; (4) ) Janice Webber, 40 years of service with district office, (5) Lyse Audet, Director of Schools Gina Dunnett, and Principal Wendy Dickinson with 33 years of service; (6) Marilyn Foreman, teacher with 43 years of service; (7) Darrel Densmore, custodian with 15 years of service, teacher Cheryl McKillop with 26 years of service, and Kathy Densmore.