NEW GLASGOW - The extensive work of two public servants with the Town of New Glasgow was celebrated at town hall on Tuesday.
Kimberly Dickson, the retired director of marketing and communications, and Carole Dunbar, retired office manager with the New Glasgow Regional Police Service, were officially recognized and congratulated for their efforts over the years by the mayor and council.
“Each of you here have great meaning to me, because you played an important role in my career, and my life,” said Dickson, to assembled family members, former coworkers and guests at the town council chambers.
Dickson acknowledged her son and husband as her “rocks,” for the support they provided her, in a career she described as “a family commitment.” She reflected fondly on the memories and accomplishments of her 16-year career, which included work associated with the Heritage Committee and Communities in Bloom.
Dickson said she has worked for three CAOs; three mayors; two police chiefs; two fire chiefs; two town engineers, and many councillors and finance directors – along with a community director, IT director and business development executive’s assistant – all people she described as hard working and dedicated.
“It’s not easy to work in public service, but all these people give it their hearts,” said Dickson.
Mayor Nancy Dicks gave accolades to both Dickson and Dunbar, noting that they were dedicated in their long careers with the town.
Dicks praised Dickson’s “ability to creatively highlight and celebrate our many assets as a community,” adding that she created many strong relationships between the town and many organizations she worked with. She also alluded to Dickson’s recently won Fleur Mainville Ambassador Award.
Dicks praised Dunbar, who worked as office manager for 30 years, for being devoted to her role, serving during the tenure of four police chiefs. Dunbar, Dicks added, was known for her high degree of diligence and fiscal responsibility.
In her work with the New Glasgow Police Service and the New Glasgow Regional Board of Police Commissioners, Dunbar was known for rarely taking vacation or sick time.
Dicks noted that in addition to her dedication to the job, Dunbar maintained a schedule of extensive volunteer activity, from community police initiatives and events, to her participation in organizations like the Y’s Menettes, where she served as an international director.