Retirement starts today (Nov. 25) for Wendy Taylor, but there’s very little winding down involved.
For 13 years she’s been executive assistant to mayors and CAOs at the Town of Sidney.
“It’s surreal to me that I won’t come to work next week,” Taylor said.
Now manager of administration, she’s been through two mayors, Don Amos and Larry Cross, as well as many councillors.
“She’s just an outstanding employee,” Cross said. “She brings humour and a fine sense of responsibility to her position.”
While she’ll enjoy more sunsets, activities involving her sorority, other groups and grandchildren will keep her busy.
“I’ve got quilts that aren’t finished,” she said. “Work’s been getting in the way … I don’t have time to work anymore.”
Plus, there are immediate plans keeping her active. On Monday she marks another milestone, her 65th birthday. A week later she’ll don a red dress for her beach wedding to Bill Allen in Mexico. The new year will see a new home, garden and “maybe a dog.”
People and politics are what she’ll miss most about her post at municipal hall.
“I love politics. I’ve made friends with most of (the mayors and councillors), so I’ll miss them and all the staff.”
Born and raised in Victoria, Taylor only moved off the Island for a 10-year stint working for the City of Richmond.
“I’d never leave again,” she said with a smile. “Little government is so much better. It’s a great community, Sidney.”