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Linda Gladstone

e-dition - Volume 24 Number 17

Linda Gladstone

(31 years)

By Jo Snyder

There was always someone providing equilibrium on the 3rd floor of Ashdown hall among the eccentricities of the History Department: her name is Linda Gladstone. For 31 years Gladstone worked as a secretary in the History Department. She helped the department run smoothly for students and faculty alike.

"I enjoyed working with the students and seeing them go on to obtain their degrees and graduate and to hear what their future plans were after The Universtiy of Winnipeg," she reclled. "Many have become lawyers, teachers and professors, and when they drop in to visit, it's wonderful to hear about their career paths and what kind of an impact the faculty had made on their choices."

For seven successive chairs, platoons of professors, hordes of students, she served as a stenographer, gate-keeper and friendly advisor. At 8:20 a.m. sharp every morning, with a cheerful greeting, and the twang of country music drifting from her radio, Gladstone worked with 30 to 40 full- and part-time faculty every day. In 1996 she took on the duties as secretary for the Anthropology Dpartment.

Sometimes on evening and weekends, Gladstone typed books and manuscripts for professors, for which she was always credited. In 2005, she was part of her own publishing project, compiling recipes from the University community in a cookbook to help raise money for The University of Winnipeg Foundation.

Gladstone was also the captain of the now defunct History department softball team.  In her spare time, she was also a canvasser for the United Way. Gladstone has been a valuable asset in making the History department run smoothly. "The word deadline has two meanings," she joked."One get it in when you're supposed to and the other one, ignore the deadline and let's see what kind of reaction we can get out of Linda Gladstone."

Upon retirement Gladstone says she will miss 3rd floor Ashdown Hall - her home for over 30 years.  "I will  miss the faculty of both departments who have been just great to work with; not being in the office to share stories of their books being written and published; the good papers submitted by students; places they have travelled; and the sharing of what our families have been up to and the great friends I have made at The University of Winnipeg.

"I have enjoyed being a part of The University of Winnipeg, as I have seen many changes over the years and wish it success in the future."

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