Irene Crozier began work at Swan Hills School in the role as a Teachers’ Assistant in 1979, after working at the Royal Bank for six years. Many will remember her working in the Teachers’ Assistants room in what is now the textbook room off the library. In 1996, she took on the position of Administration Assistant in the office. In 2001, when Hilda Thompson moved away, Irene found herself doing the work of two on her own and, in recognition of this effort, she was eventually promoted to Business Manager.
Swan Hills School Board Representative, Nancy Keough, was on hand at the March 6 staff meeting to present Mrs. Crozier with her 40-year Service Award, to the enthusiastic applause of her colleagues.
Irene is delighted that she is now seeing a third generation attending school: the grandchild of a student who was here when she first started is now in Kindergarten. Irene is proud to claim the honour of being the longest-serving employee at Swan Hills School and still truly loves her job.
According to Sheila Gardiner, Associate Principal, with whom Irene has worked for many years, Irene has taken on many unofficial roles in the school: manager, accountant, PR rep, mother, nurse, confidant, disciplinarian, and master memorizer of phone numbers and names. “Irene is our biggest supporter and defender. She has seen it all and really is the boss around here,” declared Mrs. Gardiner in the tribute she wrote for Irene’s award. “We are not sure how the school would function without her, so how about another 40, Irene?”