Five retiring teachers from the Clearview School Division were lauded for their service during the annual recognition night in Stettler.
Mavis Smith of Stettler Elementary School retired after 35 years.
Neil Humphreys and Gordon Moorlag of William E. Hay Composite High School both wound up their careers after 31 years.
Barbara-Lynn Goodwin also retired after a 14-year run at William E. Hay and 21 years as a Clearview teacher.
Dixie Robertson retired after 19 years at Erskine Hutterite Colony School.
“Old teachers never die, they just grade away,” Humphreys said.
A crowd of more than 250 enjoyed a special musical number from Moorlag, who has led the Cantus Choir for 31 years.
“Walk on with hope and you’ll never walk alone,” was the key message in the song that began with Moorlag in solo and joined by the choir.
More than 70 other employees were recognized for their five-year milestones of service in the division.
“Tonight, we will recognize staff for their years of service to our students and celebrate the careers of those who have decided to retire,” said trustee Patty Dittrick, who served as master of ceremonies with trustee Karen Holloway.
“Each of you has a valued place not only in our system, but in the potential success of each student that walks through our doors.”
Here’s a rundown of staff honoured for their service.
30 years — Donna Boettcher, Donna Boyd-Stadelmann, Kaye Hauck, Marilyn Potter and Ursula Roberts.
25 years — Michele Copan, Dan Kinakin, Shirley Marshall, Patricia Martin, Rae Munden, Nancy Nielsen and Judy Robinson.
20 years — Sharron Brittain, Wendy Coppock, Patti Everson, Gordon Goodrich, Kathy Heintz, Jodie Limpert, Hugh McLarty, Kim Poapst, Eric Rahn and Patti Sawula.
15 years — Sharon Fischer, Darren Fleischhacker, Sonya Geddes, Janine Klevgaard, Judy Leflar, Judy Lindmark, Randal Muhlbeier, Russell Stewart, Jolene Thacker, John Thorne, Susan Trathen, Carla Van Oers, Rachelle Van Ringen, Margaret Watson, Denise Wiens and Maryann Wingie.
10 years — Elizabeth Bauman, Laurie-Anne Erion, Derrick Hatch, Brenda Hughes, Ben Huo, Christine Langford and Susan Penner.
Five years — Kim Adair, Lee Adam, Kevin Anderson, Shauna Cornelssen, Fawn Coupland, Mike Courtney, Ron Evans, Jason Faber, Joelene Gabruch, Courtney Faber-Gillespie, Donna Jacobs, June Johnson, Karen Loshny, Sheri Morbeck, Sandra Nichols, Corry Raugust, Lisa Rosland, Lorna Schilling, Patricia Schwarzenberger, Mark Siemens, Linda Sparks, Tara Switzer, Leila Ternes, Carmen Tizzard, Tanya Tulan, Dorothy Walker and Leah Watts.