I was born and raised in Vermilion, worked at the Cross Cancer Clinic upon grade 12 graduation, working in Edmonton until we transferred to Lloydminster in 1972. Our 3 children were born in Lloydminster, attended VES and graduated from JR Robson. We transferred to Vermilion (home) in 1978 when the youngest was 3 months old. Currently I have 2 grandchildren attending VES, a granddaughter who is a Pharmacy Technician and I have a 22 month old great grandson living in Red Deer, so another special generation.
November 1984 I received my first pay from the County of Vermilion River #28, now known as Buffalo Trail Public Schools, since amalgamation in 1996. In 1984 I was hired as a secretary assigned all Office duties using paper, pen/pencil and adding the old fashioned way. Over the years my position has been known as Secretary, Office Administrator and currently Administrative Assistant. Today technology has been a vast change taking us to ever changing specialized computer programs.
Prior to 1984 I volunteered and subbed in the VES Office, and volunteered weekly in each of my children’s classrooms when my oldest child started kindergarten, until my youngest went to JR Robson.
Over the past 35 plus years, different generations have passed through the doors of VES. It is so interesting when a little one comes into the office and I say, “you know when your Mom/Dad came to VES they used to be just this tall too.” That saying has dried many tears. Many years ago a little fellow in particular that I recall was so sad to come to kindergarten, leaving home for the first time.. His teacher would bring him to me each morning upon arrival off the bus. For about 3 weeks, he sat on the floor by my desk and (we) learned to tie his shoe laces. It is so heartwarming to see students begin in kindergarten and then graduate from grade 6. There are so many fond stories and I best stop now or this will be a book. I just plain love each day.
Each and every day of these many years, I thoroughly enjoy coming to Vermilion Elementary School, and I can count on my fingers the number of days I have ever been absent. I can’t dream of any other place I’d rather be.
The Office is a very busy environment. There are no two days the same: keeping current with the specialized programs, assisting the little ones, the parents, the staff and the community. It is my hope that I have made a difference in a child’s life, I will have accomplished a goal.
….they may not remember exactly what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel….