A Wonderful Night on the Castlegar Campus

College Honours Long Serving and Departing Team Members


It was a night of celebration and storytelling at the annual Selkirk College Employee Recognition & Retirement Dinner that took place at the end of May at the Faculty Lounge on the Castlegar Campus.

“May is such a great month for Selkirk College, it’s spring and it’s a time to celebrate what we do,” said Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “This evening is bittersweet because we’re saying goodbye to some people, but it’s never really goodbye… it’s more ‘we’ll see you the next time.’”

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ABE Instructor Wendy Tagami was presented with a 36-year pin by Board of Governors Chair Bruce Morrison (left) and Selkirk College President Angus Graeme.

The evening honoured long serving employees and retirees. Pins were presented to employees who have served between 20 and 36 years (see full list here), NISOD Award winners were recognized and 13 retiring employees were honoured.

“It says a lot about an institution when you have pins of years like this,” said Graeme. It represents poise, stamina and commitment to a community of people.”

Retirees Have Contributed a Great Deal

One of the retirees recognized on the evening was Marilyn Roberts who started the Kaslo Learning Centre 38 years ago.

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Kaslo ABE Program pioneer Marilyn Roberts (middle left) with school Chair Allison Alder (middle right), Morrison and Graeme.

“She believes in her students,” said Allison Alder, school chair for Academic Upgrading & Development. “She has helped so many students over the years overcome barriers, achieve success and move onto a place where they believed in themselves.”

A Big Thanks to Those Involved in Putting on Event

The event was organized by Human Resources team member Stacey Matthews and a group of volunteers.

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Selkirk Registrar Cathy Mercer (middle) received her pin for 35 years of service to Selkirk College.

“I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the employees who were recognized for long term service or as retirees at our annual Employee Recognition & Retirement Dinner,” said Director of HR & Community Relations Arleen Gallo. “It was wonderful to see the room filled with the many past and present employees who have been such an important part of transforming the lives of our students for so many years.”

The evening featured wonderful buffet dinner prepared by Selkirk College’s Food Services Department.

“I'd like to thank Delina Underwood and the many cafeteria workers that provided a beautiful meal as well as the many hands that helped in making the event so enjoyable,” said Gallo.


Find out more about the those who were honoured and join us on Instagram.