Friday, January 14, 2011

40 after 40: Barb Sekhon


When Barb Sekhon started working at the newly minted Douglas College in 1970, she had no idea it would turn into a lifelong career – or that she would play a pivotal role in policy-making.

Barb had worked at Douglas for just over a year when she decided she wanted to travel to India. She asked the College for a two-month leave of absence but, as there was no policy yet in place, was merely told she would have no problem getting another job here once she got back.

“So I quit, and when I came back I found out my request for a leave of absence had actually initiated a policy,” Barb says.

Barb was indeed hired back on at Douglas, and has been here ever since. She’s worked in more areas that she can list off without consulting her resume, including the Print Shop, Employee Relations, Administration and the Music Department.


Barb is currently the Administrative Officer in the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts. She became eligible to retire a couple of years ago, but decided to stay on at Douglas a bit longer, for a number of reasons: great relationships with her coworkers, proximity to home and the flexibility the College has allowed her over the years.

Other reasons are harder for her to put her finger on.

“I don’t know. It’s like a second home. It’s like family. My car drives itself here even when I’m not here,” she jokes. “I’m still happy to get up and go to work every day.”

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.