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‘Everyday heroes’: Annapolis Valley employees recognized for job well done at VCLA event

Nominees go above and beyond in roles serving public


It’s an event that recognizes unsung local heroes, employees who go above and beyond in providing service to the public.

Students in the Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) LifeStreams program recently organized and hosted the Honouring Employees – Everyday Heroes celebration. This is the third year that students involved in the program have organized the event.

There are 11 participants engaged in the 10-week LifeStreams course. The learning opportunity is geared toward enhancing self-awareness and self-confidence while providing a greater understanding of essential employment skills and stress, time and money management skills needed to succeed in the workplace and life in general.

Participants have discussed many of the soft skills needed to excel in the workplace, qualities that make a person stand out and have customers and clients returning again and again.

The students nominated Annapolis Valley employees that fit this description and made tokens of appreciation to present to them at the Honouring Employees – Everyday Heroes celebration.

“Each employee receives a certificate for themselves and the workplace they represent, a student hand-painted ‘thank you’ rock and a personalized ‘joy jar’ which is full of hand-written positive character traits individualized to the employee, as well as positive affirmations,” LifeStreams co-ordinator and facilitator Tracy Parker said.

She said the students view the celebration as a great opportunity to give back and to encourage others. Employees are congratulated on a job well done while employers often gain a new level of appreciation for their staff member.

There were eight employees representing various fields nominated this year, ranging from a security guard at the Valley Regional Hospital and Kings Transit bus drivers to people working in the customer service sector. This year’s nominees included:

  • Melissa Parker, KFC, New Minas
  • Morgan Cowie, Sobeys Fast Fuels, Coldbrook
  • Margo Griffin, Sobeys Fast Fuels, Coldbrook
  • Cassie Irwin, International Tobacco and News, New Minas
  • Darren Hatt, Paladin Security (Valley Regional Hospital), Kentville
  • Melissa Day, Centre Square Tim Horton’s, Kentville
  • Jesse Patterson, Jungle Jim’s, New Minas
  • Kevin Ernst, Kings Transit Authority bus driver
  • Dave Walsh, Kings Transit Authority bus driver


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