Memorial University employees with career milestones ranging from 20 to 40 years of service were honoured recently at the annual Employee Service Awards recognition ceremony.
Now in its 25th year, and hosted by the Department of Human Resources, the 2011 service awards celebrated career milestone of 231 faculty and staff from Memorial’s St. John’s and Marine Institute campuses.
Grenfell Campus holds a similar Employee Service Awards and Retirement Recognition Ceremony in the fall.
“It’s good to be surrounded by such a wealth of experience,” said Stephen Dodge, director of the Department of Human Resources, noting that service years in the group total 6,150. “I’ve learned a great deal from the experience and expertise from the people here at Memorial, and I have benefited greatly from their knowledge and good advice.”
“There should be no doubt that Memorial’s growth and success as an organization is directly because of our outstanding employees; your dedication and devotion,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University during the awards ceremony at Gushue Hall. “So it’s important that we celebrate this tremendous commitment.”
The president also highlighted significant events in Memorial’s history that coincided with the various milestone years. Events such as the 50th anniversary of Memorial University College, establishment of a strong distance education program, pioneering the use of telemedicine and teleconferencing within Canada, and establishing the Labrador Institute, just to mention a few.
“I couldn’t have spent a more interesting or fruitful two decades than I have here at Memorial,” said Dr. Walter Okshevsky, who teaches philosophy in the Faculties of Arts and Education, and was recognized for his 20 years of service to the institution.
Joan Andrews, who works in the Department of Finance and Administration, as received her 30 year certificate.
“You make strong long-term friendships when you’ve worked with people for so long,” said Ms. Andrews, who celebrated her career milestone with colleagues such as Linda Carter. “You get though a lot together.”
“The years have flown by,” says Ms. Carter who also works in the Department of Finance and Administration. “30 years ago I wouldn’t have said that!