Article by Valerie MacDonald: images submitted

Twice a year, Northumberland County Council says a special thank you to county staff who have worked for the county according to the number of years of service. The recognition extends to both working and retired employees.

Not all of those named during the most recent ceremony were in attendance but county administrator Jennifer Moore and Northumberland Council members thanked them all for the fine work they do and have done over the years.

County spokesperson Kate Campbell says they are recognized according to, “public service milestones.”

A total of 43 people were honoured during the event that was held in the council chambers of the County building located at 555 Courthouse Road in Cobourg including Golden Plough Lodge retiree Betty Ann Knutson (one of seven retirees named in the ceremony) who appears in the top photo.

A high percentage of those recognized still work or did work at the Golden Plough Lodge retirement-and-care facility owned by Northumberland County. It is located on property adjacent to the county headquarters in Cobourg.

Of those recognized for five years of service, 10 of the 14 work at the Lodge. Seven of the 10 employees who have worked a decade did so at the Lodge according to an employee service list provided to the News Now Network. And of those hitting the 15-year mark, eight county employees worked for the Lodge.

There were a trio of employees recognized for 20 years of service: Brenda McDonald of corporate services; Douglas Tinney from transportation and Diane Hall from the Golden Plough Lodge.

Ria Vroegryk of the Lodge has been employed by the County for 25 years. She was recognized along with Andrea Rock of the community and social services department for working that same period of time.

Eric Lock shakes the hand of Cramahe Mayor Marc Coombs.

Two Northumberland Paramedics received recognition for long years of service, Eric Lock with three decades and Jim Anderson with four decades working for the County.