The Williams Lake Child Development Centre opened its doors to celebrate the retirement of one of their longer-serving members.
It was held Wednesday afternoon in honor of CDC Executive Director Nancy Gale who will be stepping down after 25 years of service.
Gale said in all that time, she’s most fond of being able to be with a group of people who worked like a team, the great community support, and from where the CDC started to where it is today.
“We’ve gone from six children that we started delivering service to from the Cariboo Memorial Complex to this facility where we’ve served over 700 children this month,” she said.
Gale adds she is also very excited for her successor.
“It’s going to be Vanessa Riplinger and Vanessa has been my Operations Manager for probably nine or ten years,” Gale said.
“She has been on training as the Executive Director and she’s very confident. I’m really delighted that she has decided to step up and take on the challenge. She’ll do a great job. She’s well respected in the community, she’s someone who’s lived and grown up in Williams Lake, and the staff certainly appreciate her leadership.”
Gale said she came to Williams Lake thinking that she was only going to be here for three years and before she knew it 25 years passed by.