Port Alice treasurer retires after 37 years

Treasurer Gail Lind bids farewell after a 37 year career at the Port Alice Municipal Office.

To Port Alice and my family:

In 1976 I began my career at the Port Alice Municipal Office in an entry level position, known then as “Girl Friday”.

I had the very good fortune of being surrounded by great leaders and teachers who supported and encouraged me to continue my pursuit in a career in local government.

My career has been extremely fulfilling, interesting, educational and very rewarding. In 2005 I was appointed as Chief Administrative Officer and took on the responsibilities of these duties as well as those of the Finance Officer.

The combined duties and the responsibilities of both positions were exhausting and at times overwhelming.

In early 2011, with retirement in mind and the knowledge that our present administrator may be interested in coming to Port Alice, I presented a succession plan for the Municipal Office to a wise council who saw the value of the plan. The present council also saw the value of the plan and strengthened the administrative team with the current staff that serves you so well today.

It is with many thanks to all the Village Office Staff, the Public Works Department, the Recreation Department, the Fire Department, my colleagues around the province, the members of council, past and present, the many volunteers and to the citizens of Port Alice that made going to work so enjoyable.

No two days were ever the same and it has been a great pleasure to serve Port Alice for the past thirty-seven years. My work was not only a job but also my hobby. I know how lucky I was to be able to go to work every day and enjoy the tasks it entailed.

I will truly the miss the routine of going to the office and being surrounded by the many people who have made my career such a success.

To all the coworkers I leave behind I wish you all the same good fortune to be able to enjoy your work as much as I have.

To my entire family who endured my crazy schedule, I appreciate and thank you for your never-ending support.

In my retirement, I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends, traveling, and exploring new interests. I have respectfully declined a celebratory departure and instead accept, with great pleasure and much appreciation, a framed photograph taken by Darrell McIntosh.

Thank you Port Alice for a wonderful career!

Gail Lind

Port Alice