Chinook’s Edge School Division acknowledged dozens of long-serving staff, welcomed 29 new teachers, and bid farewell to a record 70 retirees at its annual Celebrations event on October 19th.

The event was co-hosted by the Board of Trustees and the Alberta Teachers' Association Local #17.

Holly Bilton, the Board Chair says they are very thankful. "Our Board is very grateful to our staff and we are always pleased to honour them in this way. We want to thank our staff for moving the division forward and for always putting students first. No matter their role, each of our staff serve students and families extremely well."

The evening provides a chance to recognize a large number of staff for their long service in Chinook's Edge. This year, the Board had the opportunity of honouring Helen Jackson, who has been an Educational Assistant in Sundre for 40 years. 

Darrel Howden, who has served for 45 years as a custodian in Didsbury, was also celebrated at the event.

Superintendent Kurt Sacher talks about the importance of the event. "The people we pay tribute to at Celebrations have reached a career milestone with Chinook's Edge, and the annual event allows us to thank each one of them for their commitment."