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.

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