By Lyonel Doherty
A dedicated employee of the Town of Oliver is saying goodbye after 18 years on the job, and not once did she take a sick day.
Deputy Corporate Officer Linda Schultz is retiring, and Tuesday was her last council meeting.
“She didn’t want any recognition, but it’s too bad,” said Mayor Ron Hovanes to a chorus of laughter in council chambers.
“Linda Schultz has been an incredible employee for the Town of Oliver. Those that have had the pleasure of doing business with Linda know exactly what I’m talking about.”
Hovanes said Schultz set a great example of what front-counter experience should be for the public.
The mayor noted that Schultz hasn’t taken a sick day during her employment history with the Town. “Incredible,” he said.
Hovanes then presented her with flowers and a hug.
Schultz told the Chronicle that she is indeed retiring.
She started at the Town office on March 1, 2001 as a receptionist/records clerk. In 2007 she moved to the position of executive assistant/deputy corporate officer.
“I never called in a sick day in the entire time I was here. I came to work the odd time with a cold, but never sick. Must be my ol’ Saskatchewan farm girl blood,” she laughed.
Her plan is to continue running her Willowbrook farm – Sunkeya Farm Alpacas.
“I’m looking forward to spending quality time at home with my husband, our alpacas, dogs and cat.”
Schultz also plans to travel a bit and may even look for a fun, part-time job.
“I’m not done working as I know I will miss dealing with the public; that is something that I love to do and will miss.”
She has made so many friends over the years while working for the Town.
“Okay, now I’m starting to feel sad. I guess the election and all has kept me busy enough to not really think about leaving.”