Association News Dawn is Moving On

Published on November 27th, 2014


So Long, but Not Goodbye

Dawn is Moving On

By: SAC Staff

On Thursday, November 27, 2014, the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada team will say farewell to our longstanding Director of Finance and Operations, Dawn Kelly. Dawn is hanging up her SAC hat and moving on to her next great adventure: retirement!

It’s clear from the messages pouring in from current and former SAC staff and directors that Dawn has been a pillar at SAC. Known for her kindness, professionalism and sharp sense of humour, Dawn has been SAC’s “rock” for the 14 years she has worked here. Dawn has seen SAC through some big changes; she tells us that one her proudest moments was when the Board approved the rebranding of the association to Speech-Language & Audiology Canada. She’s also been here through three office moves and the addition of various new staff members. In fact, Dawn participated in the hiring process for every single member of the current SAC staff. What a legacy!

Two of these hires include SAC’s newest staff members: Ellen Glouchkow and Darlene Toop. Ellen will be taking over most of Dawn’s duties as our new Director of Operations, and will lead the operational activities of the association, including finance, human resources and administration. Darlene is assuming a new part-time position at SAC as an Accounting Assistant. In her role, Darlene will help support the administration and financial functions of the association. We’re thrilled to welcome both Ellen and Darlene to the SAC team!

Dawn has always been a forward thinker. In many ways, SAC is in the successful financial position it is today because of Dawn’s diligent work behind the scenes. Her strong financial management skills and her willingness to embrace new technologies have ensured that our association remains financially sound and that SAC is always at the forefront of new media and technology.

From everyone at SAC, we wish Dawn the very best. Although it’s hard for us to imagine what this office will be like without her around, we can, however, envision what her retirement years might look like: vacations to exotic destinations, spectacular cruises, golf tournaments, attending games to cheer on Ottawa’s beloved Senators and new football team (Go Redblacks!) … and every year, a season’s pass to the Ottawa Bluesfest thrown in for good measure. Dawn, we thank you for your many years of dedication. May the next steps in your journey be taken with the best darn pair of shoes you can find.

Congratulations and happy retirement!

Caption for feature image:
Dawn posing by the pyramids in Egypt, from a Mediterranean cruise with her husband Chris in 2011.

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