Friday June 2nd will be the last day of work for long time PSD employee Darlene Smith. She recently delivered a heartfelt and sincere address to her colleagues at the Centre for Education. We will miss you Darlene!
Here’s her speech:
Glossophobia – fear of public speaking. In fact, the average person ranks the fear of public speaking above the fear of death – I think that fact pertains to me! It was back in December of 1986 when I first stepped foot in this building for an interview for a part-time position in Human Resources, when both the County of Parkland and the Board of Education administration offices were housed here, when we still used electric typewriters and Commodore computers were just being introduced, when hardly anyone had a cell phone, when there was no internet or email, and when scheduling appointments was done on a paper calendar or in a Daytimer.
I’ve worked a bunch of different jobs over the years – starting in Human Resources, then on to Instructional Support. Several years later, I got laid off from the School Division due to budget cuts but continued working in this building with Parkland Continuing Education, later known as Tri-Community Adult Learning and I did contract work for the Communications Department.
I was rehired by the Learning Services Department in 1997 and last, but not least, started in my current position in 2008 as an Executive Secretary. During all those years, 31 and a half to be exact, half of my lifetime (yeah, I’m old), I’ve seen a lot happen here in this building – I’ve seen good and I’ve seen sad. I’ve seen good people lose their battle with cancer, I’ve seen good people lose their jobs, I’ve seen the building renovated and re-renovated, I’ve seen people leave to make career changes and of course I’ve seen many people retire. Heck, I’ve even seen the pop machine and vending machine abolished from the building! But one thing that hasn’t changed over the 3 decades I’ve worked here is the love of my job. There has never been a time when I didn’t enjoy coming to work (other than a few days here and there).
I’ve worked with so many fabulous people over the years and have formed some lifelong friendships which I’ll cherish for years to come. But I’ve had a couple “aha” moments in the last year or so and I’m now at a time and place in my life when I just want to lay in bed in the morning if I’m still tired. I want to golf whenever the shine is shining, not just on weekends. I want to do a bit more travelling and I want to spend more time with my hubby and our daughters and their families. I want to be available to babysit my grandkids if needed.
So, as this chapter of my life comes to an end and I look back over the years, there isn’t much I’d change. I’ve been blessed in so many ways and I’m truly thankful for having had a job that I’ve loved. Thanks for coming to this little get together this afternoon. You’re the reason I leave here so very happy!