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February 1, 2019 1:54 PM

Employee milestones celebrated at Guild Reception

On January 31, the Conestoga community recognized college employees who have recently achieved milestone anniversaries at the college -- 10 to 40 years of service, as well as those who have retired. Together, the 275 honourees, celebrated at the Guild Reception at Bingemans in Kitchener, have contributed more than 4,000 years of service to the college.


Conestoga's Guild Reception was held January 31 to celebrate employee milestones and retirements. Together, the 275 honourees have contributed more than 4,000 years of service to the college.

“I’d like to thank you all for your service to Conestoga, our students and our community,” said President John Tibbits during the event. “Our success as a college is a reflection of the quality and commitment of our employee team.”

Among the honourees were Sharon Clarke, Duanne Shadd and Helena Webb who are each celebrating 40 years of service at the college. Recent retiree Geoff Johnstone was employed at Conestoga for 48 years, and two honourees, both recognized for 30 years of service, are also Conestoga graduates.

As part of the celebration, President Tibbits was congratulated on his thirtieth anniversary at Conestoga. He stepped into his role in 1987 and has guided the growth and transformation of the college ever since.

“He has overseen the convocation of more than 100,000 graduates and provided opportunities for many more to build their skills and advance their careers through Continuing Education and part-time studies,” said Barb Kelly, vice-president, Academic Administration & Human Resources. “His leadership has had a tremendous impact on Conestoga - but also on the prosperity and well-being of our region and the many individuals who call it home.”

Over the last year, more than 100 new full-time employees have been hired at Conestoga to support expanded programming, contribute to student success and build essential capacity to serve student needs, industry partners and the community. The college now has approximately 1,200 full-time employees.

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