By Andrea Iseman
Off-Campus News Editor
Published: December 11, 2008
The luncheon brought out HSF reps, as well as staff from campus food and dining services.
Humber Students Federation joined forces this week with facilities, campus services and food services to give back to those employees.
The luncheon on Dec.9 featured a variety of foods including meatballs, sandwiches and cookies, as a way for HSF to show appreciation for all the hard work and dedication campus services employees provide.
“It is time to recognize those people and they work they do, because so often it is overlooked and expected,” said Amanda Connolly, HSF vice-president of administration at the North Campus.
Having worked at Williams, Connolly knows how hard employees on campus work.
“I never realized how taxing a job it is – it takes a lot out of you,” she said. “Those employees and people in those positions, you just think it is something that you should have, but it takes people to have good service and a clean school.”
This is the first time HSF is teaming up with all departments on campus to throw a joint Christmas party and Connolly said it is something that should be carried on every year.
“I just thought it would be nice to have a little luncheon, a social time for them, where they can be with their friends and do what we do,” said Connolly.
Monica Allen and Diana Barcho, employees in catering services, said the luncheon was a great way for them to enjoy each other’s company outside a work environment, and to see people they haven’t seen in a while.
“Even though we are the same staff, we don’t have time to sit and chat with them,” said Allen. “Maybe we know some of these people, but we can’t put the right face to the people.”
Barcho said events like these make her happy to see people smile and being appreciated.
“It is good to have this once a year,” Barcho said.
General Manager of Dining Services, John Thompson agrees.
“I think any recognition is great,” he said. “You need to motivate people, and make them feel wanted.”
Connolly and Thompson both said they hope to continue to strengthen the relationship each department has with each other on campus.
“Hopefully this will be the first, not just of this, but annually, and other events too,” said Thompson.