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50 YEARS, 50 VOICES
50 YEARS, 50 VOICES
Doris was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta. Her parents, Joseph and Gina Cattoni worked at the University of Lethbridge as caretakers. After completing college and working at the Bigelow Fowler Clinic for five years, she began her career at the University Library Administration office as secretary to the University Librarian, Richard Burkett in 1978. Doris retired from the Library as the administrative assistant to the University Librarian in 2016.
Doris discusses her family’s history at the University and her involvement in student and staff activities.
The full audio interview will be made available online in late 2017. For more information please contact the University of Lethbridge Archives. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Well, the University means to me being a in a safe place to work and being able to continue to learn and it’s been a big factor in my life since 1978, and for my family, too, over the past 37 years. I am happy to say that I worked all of it in the University Library with my library family. We already covered my parents worked here as caretakers in the seventies and early eighties. Two of my brothers came here ... one coming out with his Masters and I am proud of my daughter who graduated with her Education degree.
I was one of the founding members of Supporting Our Students, and a contributor long before that. And it’s always been a highlight of mine and I always found that this was an important thing to do because I worked here. It’s my privilege to have been a part of student successes even in a small way. And a little offside, I was also one of the organizer of the University Christmas Skating Party for 17 years and one of our university librarians, Judy Head started that when she was here from 1992 to 2000. I started helping her with that ... got involved with that and I did it for years, after that.
I am proud to have worked at the University of Lethbridge. Its main attraction are its people, its amenities, and top notch researchers. During most noon hours one can find me walking around the lake. I started walking there when it was a red shale path those many days ago. Four days, I think, after we moved into our new library building, I thought, ‘I’ve got to find something to do’ and discovered this path and I’ve been walking around that lake since then, listening to my tunes all plugged-in and these are some of my elements of my day-to-day life at the University of Lethbridge. It’s been an enjoyable ride.
(Interviewed by MIke Perry)