Long ser­vice party for Val

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Val Hughes has now spent al­most half her life work­ing with the same bank in De­niliquin.

Start­ing with the lo­cal St Ge­orge branch as a 26 year-old, she last week marked her 25th an­niver­sary in the job.

To cel­e­brate, Mrs Hughes was treated to an an­niver­sary party with sweets, tea and cof­fee, and a mag­nif­i­cent dragon cake made by staff mem­ber Kailee Crane. She was also pre­sented with a long ser­vice cer­tifi­cate.

Also tak­ing part in the cel­e­bra­tion were 10 loyal cus­tomers.

Mrs Hughes started as a ca­sual teller af­ter mov­ing to De­niliquin from Nowra.

She was orig­i­nally en­rolled in an of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion course at De­niliquin TAFE when then bank branch man­ager Karen Barnes ap­proached TAFE seek­ing a ded­i­cated stu­dent to fill a po­si­tion.

‘‘I worked re­ally hard at my stud­ies and the TAFE thought I was good enough to put me for­ward for the job, and I still re­mem­ber the day I had my in­ter­view,’’ Mrs Hughes said.

She has ex­pe­ri­enced many changes over the years but said it’s mostly been for good.

‘‘There have been a lot of tech­nol­ogy changes along with many staffing changes over the past 25 years. I think the most dif­fi­cult one was when Karen left a cou­ple of years ago; it was hard to see a good men­tor and friend go.

‘‘An­other dif­fi­culty is see­ing peo­ple go through hard­ship. There are a lot of peo­ple that go through bad fi­nan­cial times.

‘‘I love to be able to lis­ten and show em­pa­thy in my work; it’s not all just laughs and fun, you have your bad times too.’’

Mrs Hughes’ de­vo­tion to her job have not gone un­no­ticed, and she was named a joint win­ner of the 2018 Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards’ Em­ployee of the Year in June.

‘‘It was great to be recog­nised for my long ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and what I do on a day to day ba­sis.

‘‘I love it here. I love my cus­tomers and I’m just try­ing to put them in the best pos­si­ble po­si­tion that I can.’’

Val Hughes (third from left) marked 25 years with the bank with her col­leagues (from left) Louise Mace, Kailee Crane and Paula Rutter.

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