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TOM'S Next Chapter T om Bobby, Assistant Secretary Treasurer at the Winnipeg School Division, MASBO Past President, and long-time chair of MASBO's Publication Committee, always joked that he was born to work in education, as his birthday falls on September 30, the provincial student count day. Reflecting on his long career of 40 years, predominantly in education with 20 years of service at the Winnipeg School Division and 5 years at St James Division, Tom notes the importance of remembering the sector we work in. "I love the feeling that, at the end of the day, I have helped...solving problems, working with the administrators, providing assistance or clarification... all ultimately resulting in helping the students," says Tom. Working in public service and knowing that his daily contributions were appreciated by his colleagues across the division was very rewarding. During a recent interview with MASBO News, Tom expressed his pleasure upon first discovering MASBO. "I was so impressed that MASBO existed, there was nothing like it in health care [where he had worked for nine years]." Tom's love of the association grew as he became more involved by sitting on many committees, and serving as President in 2009/2010. MASBO has been a significant part of Tom's career in education. He had an active interest attending the annual conferences and participating in the excellent professional development provided by the association. "Being a part of MASBO is all positive, can see no negatives," says Tom, who highly recommends you get involved and join a committee. The old cliché "you get out of it what you put into it," is so true with MASBO and not realized until experienced. It is an opportunity for personal growth. For Tom, it's considered a second family. "Being a part of MASBO helped me through many difficult days," says Tom. Another rewarding opportunity for Tom was attending many ASBO International Conferences where he met people from around the world and learned valuable ideas to share back home. Tom recalls the most memorable moment of his career in education: "I had the good fortune to spend 10 days in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, on a business trip with a Winnipeg School Division Trustee." As representatives of the WSD, they discussed the Manitoba funding model and practices with the local and state education authorities. 14 * Read this issue online at Coming from a Ukrainian background (both of Tom's parents' spoke fluent Ukrainian at home), Tom had no difficulty in understanding the language spoken on that trip. It was a rewarding and positive experience. Tom's last day on the job was February 11, 2016. After a little time to decompress, Tom will be in the thick of tax season with his public accounting practice. He smiles contently as he states, "I can honestly say it will be refreshing to work at my public accounting practice during the day!" Considering his first day of retirement, Tom says, "I will wake up with some degree of sadness. I have always felt emotionally connected to work, but then a smile will appear on my face, a smile that will last all day with the realization that I had a good career and accomplished a lot. Blessed to have had the career I did. I know who I am." And of course, once golf season rolls around, Tom will be more in the swing of retirement life and plans on a couple more games a week. In a letter read at Tom's retirement party, his long-time colleague Rene Appelmans wrote, "Just as important as what you have done is how you have served. Among your many qualities, your professionalism and your loyalty have perhaps been the most outstanding. Your very quick sense of humour has often brought lightness in difficult situations. You are a joy to work with." Everyone who has worked with Tom at WSD or at MASBO will undoubtedly agree! All the best on your retirement, Tom, we certainly wish you well! ■

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2016

MASBO 2015–2016 Executive
2015–2016 Committees
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
Pre-Conference Workshop
MASBO’s 3 “Cs”: Collaboration – Culture – Climate
Establishing Cultures of Trust
MASBO Welcomes New Executive Members
Tom’s Next Chapter
Farewell, Roy!
“We Are Canadians” The Evolution of the Canadian School Business Officials’ Leadership Group
MASBO “PAL” Program – Supporting a Positive Organizational Culture
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba New Rate Model
School Divisions Form Co-operative to Share CIMS Software and Hardware
Fundamentals of Investigation
Facilities Management
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers

MASBO News - 2016