Monday, May 27, 2024

Time well spent

Submitted by Michelle MacIsaac

Cathy LeRiche, of our Port Aux Basques campus, took the Steno/Clerical program at that campus in 1978. Upon graduation, she walked down to the end of the hallway at that same campus and took a seat in her new position as Secretary in their main office, where she remained as a Student Services Clerk for 43 INCREDIBLE years!

According to Associate Vice-President of Human Resources, Deidre Dunne at her retirement party – she has the longest career known to College of the North Atlantic history!

Several other employees from Headquarters in Stephenville also attended her retirement event, including: Human Resources Specialist, Charlene Russell; Me, as NAPE Local 1857 President; and, Mary Anne Young, Financial Collections Officer.

It was a wonderful celebration of Cathy’s career. Jan Peddle, Campus Manager, was gracious to provide us with a tour of the campus – her home away from home for 43 years. Topping it all off was an amazing turkey dinner with the trimmings by campus staff!

It was a very memorable and momentous occasion, and although Cathy likely has the tiniest shoes ever to walk the Port Aux Basques campus hallways, I am quite sure they will be HUGE shoes to fill!

Here are some well wish from Cathy’s friends and colleagues:


Sherri McNeil

Happy retirement, Cathy!! It will be so strange not having you answer the phone!! Enjoy!


Sharon Andrea Lawrence

 Congratulations, Cathy, it’s been a long time and you still look like you did when I attended college there in 1992.


Jan Peddle

Congratulations, Cathy, a lot of knowledge and skill has left the building. Thank you for everything you have done for the students and staff. You were incredible. Enjoy your retirement, and remember you are always welcomed at the campus.


Jeff Hann

Congratulations on your retirement. Well-deserved after 43 years. Cathy was very friendly and helpful when I did my welding/metal fab in 99/00. All the best. 


Samantha Allen

This lady has had the longest career in CNA history. She has certainly earned her retirement and will be missed by her CNA family.

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Ryanne McIsaac
Ryanne McIsaac
Ryanne is Editor of CNA Currents. Born and raised in Stephenville, NL, Ryanne moved back to Newfoundland after spending 16 years in Calgary, Alberta. Ryanne has a Journalism Diploma from College of the North Atlantic and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cape Breton University. She worked for many years as a reporter and freelance writer. She is happy to be back in her hometown and working for CNA.


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