The Retiring Class of 2018 bid their adieu to the Louis Riel community in style this past June at the Retirement/Years of Service Gala at the Fort Garry Hotel.
On June 7th, staff, administrators and dignitaries gathered in the Crystal Ballroom to honour the hard-working staff that are trading in their report card writing and computer screens for wherever retired life takes them. Staff members that have reached 25, 30 and 35-year milestones were also honoured with Years of Service awards.
Sandy Nemeth, School Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Louis Riel School Board, invited the 185 Gala attendees to reflect on how much has changed in the popular zeitgeist in the last 10 to 35 years. From the invention of Google 20 years ago, to the ever-climbing price of petrol, culture and technology seems to propel us all constantly forward. But Nemeth also pointed out that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
"LRSD continues to flourish and grow, and our schools and building are safe places where all who enter are valued and respected. Our students are successful, they have opportunities and choices, and they are supported," she said. "That happens because the teachers, administrators, and staff who walk the halls of our schools and buildings, drive buses and work in the board office are committed to student success."
Nemeth thanked staff for their tireless work in the classroom or office. "Whether you are here tonight as a member of the Retiring Class of 2018 or celebrating an employment milestone we thank you for that commitment and wish you well. As a Board we hope that when you look back on this day, this celebration, you do so with a sense of great pride and accomplishment."
Quoting famed author C. S. Lewis, Nemeth reminded retirees that life awaits. "'You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.'"
This school year, 71 staff retire. Eighteen have reached 25 years of service, 20 have reached 30 years of service, and seven have reached 35 years of service. The Louis Riel School Division also wishes to thank the 196 staff that have also reached 10, 15 and 20-year milestones.
Trustee Louise Johnston served as emcee, while Acting Superintendent Christian Michalik kicked off the evening with greetings from the Division. Trustees Josie Landry, Tom Parker, Hugh Coburn and Cindy Turner also attended.
The Division wishes to thank students Aaron Simard and Kevin Thai Bui from Glenlawn Collegiate for providing photography services at the event and Dakota Collegiate student and singer-songwriter Kailyn Rice for performing at the Gala.
Staff that wish to view or download photographs from the event can visit the LRSD Portal.
(From top left, clockwise:) Thirty-five years of service award recipients. Attendee checks program. Kailyn Rice serenades attendees. Thirty-year award recipients. Twenty-five year award recipients. Acting Superintendent Christian Michalik. Trustee Sandy Nemeth congratulates retiree.