Long service party for Val
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.