Celebrating Service Retirement Banquet 2023

News Release: SRCE Staff Honoured at Celebrating Service Retirement Banquet 2023
Posted on 05/29/2023

During the Celebrating Service Retirement Banquet held on Friday, May 26, 2023, the Strait Regional Centre for Education extended congratulations and sincere thanks to the retirees of 2023 for their many years of dedicated service and significant contributions to students, families and school communities in the Strait Region. 

On behalf of the Strait Regional Centre for Education, I sincerely thank our retirees of 2023 for the many contributions they have made to public education throughout their distinguished careers.  I extend my deepest gratitude to them as they conclude one chapter of their life and begin the next exciting phase.

People who choose careers in the field of public education are more than just employees.  Regardless of the position they hold, all retirees have had a tremendous impact on the lives of our students and families. Their commitment and leadership have played an important role in our students’ well-being, achievement and success. Their devotion to our students, colleagues, school communities, and to the public education system in the Strait Region as a whole has made a meaningful difference in our students’ lives, now and well into their future.

Although there have been many changes in public education over the years, one very important factor has remained constant. Students still rely on, and need the guidance, wisdom and support of our staff. There is no substitute for a competent, caring adult when it comes to helping our children and youth achieve their success. The students whose lives the retirees have touched are making tremendous contributions to our communities, our province, our country and indeed the world, and our retirees are in no small part responsible for their success. Thank you for being mentors and caregivers to our future leaders.

I extend to each retiree my sincere congratulations and may good health and happiness be theirs in retirement. They will indeed be missed.

Sincere best wishes to the SRCE retirees of 2023!

Paul Landry
Regional Executive Director of Education
Strait Regional Centre for Education

The honourees of 2023 include:

  • Russell Borden, School Bus Driver, Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy
  • Richard (Richie) Britten, Principal, Felix Marchand Education Centre
  • Brenda Burt, Teacher, Richmond Education Centre/Academy
  • Bernard Cameron, Teacher, Bayview Education Centre
  • Lynn Chisholm, Teacher Assistant, Bayview Education Centre
  • Francene Gillis, Teacher, Dalbrae Academy
  • Margie Glenn, Teacher Assistant, St. Andrews Consolidated School
  • Martina Levangie, Teacher, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy
  • Michael Luddington, Head Janitor, Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy
  • Debbie MacDonald, Student Services Consultant, Programs and Student Services Department
  • James (Jim) MacDonald, Head Custodian, Inverness Education Centre/Academy
  • Charline MacKay, Teacher Assistant, Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy
  • Paul MacLean, Teacher, Richmond Education Centre/Academy
  • Lorraine McKeough, Library Technician. St. Andrews Consolidated School
  • Shirley McNamara, School Bus Driver, Tamarac Education Centre and SAERC
  • Ann McNeil, School Bus Driver/Custodian, H.M. MacDonald Elementary School
  • Michael (Mike) Nearing, Teacher, Antigonish Education Centre
  • Laurie Pitre (Posthumously), School Bus Driver, Tamarac Education Centre and SAERC
  • Theresa Nickerson, Library Technician, St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy
  • Roland Ryan, School Bus Driver, Tamarac Education Centre and SAERC
  • Dion Samson, Teacher, SAERC

Photo Caption:

Standing left to right: Director of Programs and Student Services, Darrell Leblanc; Retires Richie Britten, Bernard Cameron, Russell Borden, Shirley McNamara, Francene Gillis, Debbie MacDonald and Lynn Chisholm; Regional Executive Director, Paul Landry; and Director of Finance and Acting Director of Operations, Chris Grover.

Seated left to right: Retirees Jim MacDonald, Theresa Nickerson, Michael Luddington, Roland Ryan, Lorraine McKeough, Margie Glenn, Brenda Burt and Charline MacKay; and Director of Human Resources, Janice Gough.

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