KAWARTHA LAKES: Judy Currins has, made many great changes, and gained several fond memories, while working for the city of Kawartha Lakes, but after 35 years of service she has decided to retire.
She told the Standard, she has enjoyed her time serving the city and it has been a pleasure working for the Town.
“It’s a wonderful place to work, there’s all these challenges, it’s always a different story every day,” Judy said. “But it’s so rewarding when you can solve issues for people.”
Her career with the city of Kawartha Lakes started in 1982, when she was hired on as Municipal Clerk Treasurer. After holding the position for 18 years, in 2000, Judy changed jobs and worked as Secretary to the Transition Board, as Victoria County and 16 constituent municipalities were merged, to form the City of Kawartha Lakes. She played a large role in the amalgamation of the Kawartha Lakes and was key during the transition.
A year later, after the city of Kawartha was established, Judy changed positions, to work as research and communications officer. During this time, she provided research, to the CAO for the newly amalgamated municipality, as well as internal and external communications.
After working for 2 years as research and communications officer, she started her job as City Clerk for the City of Kawartha Lakes, in 2002.
Over the next 15 years she held this position, and during that time she played a large role in conducting municipal elections.
Judy told the Standard, running elections can be challenging but was one of her favourite aspects of the job.
“Running elections, while they’re a lot of work, you’re giving people their democratic right to pick their councils,” she said.
Mayor Andy Letham said Judy’s contributions to the City of Kawartha Lakes have been outstanding. Adding, she is a leader and has always gone above and beyond the call of duty during her time working for the municipality.
Judy encourages anyone with an interest in local politics to get involved.
“It’s been a wonderful career, and there are lots of opportunities out there,” she said.
She is very grateful to have met so many wonderful people during her time with the city, and said she will miss seeing all her co-workers on a daily basis.
“Thanks to everybody for a wonderful send off into retirement. I’m going to miss all the wonderful people I have worked with and met along the way,” Judy told the Standard, now that she is retired she plans to read more, garden, visit old friends and play with her grandson.
Mayor Andy Letham said, “On behalf of myself and Council, I would like to thank Judy for all her years of service and congratulate her on a well-deserved retirement.”