Long-time employee managing stadium
Maureen Mahar running things on interim basis at Harbour Grace rink
After going through the motions last fall of advertising for and interviewing candidates for the position of manager of the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium, the Town of Harbour Grace has decided to fill the position internally — at least on an interim basis.
Longtime stadium employee Maureen Maher has been appointed acting manager of the arena, a role she has been fulfilling since the departure of former stadium manager Lorne Tucker last fall. Tucker had served in the position for 18 months prior to his resignation last October.
At the time Mayor Don Coombs told The Compass the six candidates to be interviewed had come from diverse backgrounds. All but one of them were from the Conception Bay North area and the group included one female.
With the busy hockey season already underway, Coombs said at the time they would like to have the new manager in place as soon as possible, hopefully by the end of November. By year’s end all that had changed. Coombs told The Compass last week, at the end of the year and with only three or four months left in the hockey season, they decided to leave well enough alone for now.
Having worked at the stadium for 30 years, Coombs noted Maher is very familiar with its operation.
“Maureen is doing a good job for us and we are pleased with her work,” Coombs said, adding, “so we decided to offer it to her as an internal promotion.
The promotion came with a raise in pay for Maher, but whether or not the new job will become a more permanent move remains to be seen.
“ We’ll evaluate how things are going at the end of the hockey season and see where things go from there,” he said.
Maher said she enjoys working with the people at the stadium and is pleased with how things are going so far. Maher said the ice will be put back on the stadium at the end of July for the Cleary and Crosbie hockey schools, and then it will be taken off again to prepare for the annual Trinity Conception Fall Fair in late September.
A 35-year veteran of the Harbour Grace Volunteer Fire Brigade’s ladies auxiliary, Maher also manages the Top of the Ladder Club at the Firemen’s Social Building next door to the stadium.
The stadium has six full-time employees and three part-time people who operate its canteen.