Ho­gan made a last­ing im­pact

The Compass - - OPINION -

Edi­tor’s note: This let­ter was re­ceived in re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle, “A new chap­ter for Bill Ho­gan,” pub­lished on our web­site cb­n­com­pass.ca and in the March 25 print edi­tion of The Com­pass.

Dear Edi­tor,

I am a long­time serv­ing mem­ber of the provin­cial pub­lic ser­vice, but I will al­ways re­mem­ber Bill Ho­gan as the only depart­ment min­is­ter — un­til sev­eral months ago — in my 25 years who has ever vis­ited my workplace.

Up­per man­age­ment of what­ever po­lit­i­cal stripe would come to Goose (Bay) for busi­ness with the lo­cal coun­cil, and in­vari­ably pass on vis­it­ing the front lines. Air­line sched­ules, I sup­pose.

I don’t re­call Mr. Ho­gan’s pol­i­tics, that wasn’t im­por­tant. What mat­tered was that he showed us we mat­tered. I be­lieve he was gen­uinely in­ter­ested.

Mr. Ho­gan, how­ever, clearly knew people and how they ticked. He made a point to come to our tiny re­gional premises and visit each per­son’s work space, sit down, and say, “I’m Bill Ho­gan. How’re ya? Who are you and where are y’ from? What do you do?”

I don’t re­call Mr. Ho­gan’s pol­i­tics, that wasn’t im­por­tant. What mat­tered was that he showed us we mat­tered. I be­lieve he was gen­uinely in­ter­ested.

I have a stan­dard is­sue older oak chair for vis­i­tors — prob­a­bly a USAF cast-off from the rough and ready days when Ernie McLean set up the of­fice in the 80s. I value it for its crafts­man­ship, stur­di­ness and its con­nec­tion to Goose Bay’s past. It’s the one Bill used, and so, I like to re­fer to it as ‘Bill Ho­gan’s chair.” Of course, nowa­days this ref­er­ence is of­ten met with puz­zle­ment.

Bill was a good boss. My warm­est wishes to him.

— Michael Kear­ney writes from Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, Labrador

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