Heather Bailey celebrated 30 years of service with her St. Augustine Catholic School family at an awards banquet held Tuesday

Heather Bailey celebrated 30 years of service with her St. Augustine Catholic School family at an awards banquet held Tuesday

St. Augustine honours long standing staff member

An administrative assistant at St. Augustine Catholic School recently celebrated 30 years of service.

An administrative assistant at St. Augustine Catholic School recently celebrated 30 years of service with the division at the annual Awards Recognition Night on Tuesday, June 9.

“It was a nice banquet we had, so I guess it’s nice to be recognized,” said award recipient Heather Bailey.

When Bailey first started working at St. Augustine, she was placed in the library. “I started in the library but that was very short before I got moved to the office.”

Although the Awards Recognition Night is an annual event, Bailey was still surprised when she realized she would be part of the festivities this year with her 30-year achievement. “It doesn’t feel that long really,” she said.

“School years go by in a blink,” she added.

Since taking up her position at the office, Bailey has seen a number of changes come and go through the school, including eight principals. “I just keep outliving them,” she joked.

Thanks to a speech given at the banquet, Bailey recalls once having to get her work done on a self-correcting typewriter; it is a far cry from the duel screen system she works with now.

Bailey has also been able to watch all the children who attend the school grow from young elementary students just starting out on their academic journeys to graduated poised to begin all new journeys. “That’s the fun part,” she remarked.

Bailey’s own children attended St. Augustine and she says one of the perks of the job was having holidays off to spend with them. “When your kids are, little it’s a great place to work.”

“And when your kids are old enough to leave, you don’t know anything else,” she added with a laugh.