Colleen Walker Retires as Food Service Director
When Colleen Walker started working at Holy Cross in 1985, she never dreamed she’d be retiring from it 32 years later. When she began her job in food service, the hours worked perfectly for her family. As a mother of three, she wanted part-time employment that matched her children’s schedule. Later it turned into a full-time job, and then she became Director of Food Service.
Her long career in food service means she has seen a lot of changes over the years. New government administrations brought additional regulations into school cafeterias making the job more challenging. In her early years, they were able to prepare fresh baked goods like cookies, cakes and breads for school lunches. She said kids that came from the public schools often remarked how good the food was here since it was prepared that morning. She even remembers how food commodities changed with the president. When Jimmy Carter came into office, the school was sent more peanut products because of his tie to peanut farming.
After working at Holy Cross for three decades, she occasionally runs into former students who recognize her from their years as students. “You used to work at Holy Cross,” they say. Colleen replies, “I’m still there!”
After thirty-two faithful years of service, she says she will miss the students and faculty at Holy Cross the most. “I’ve worked with a lot of amazing people and met a lot of neat families over the years. That’s been the biggest blessing of all. The people have made it the most enjoyable.”
In retirement, Colleen is looking forward to spending time with her grandkids and to traveling more.
Please join us as we celebrate Colleen Walker’s retirement on Wednesday, May 24th at 4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center.