East Coast Admins Board 2013-2014
Debbie Chafe - President
Debbie is presently the
Executive Assistant to the President of GJ Cahill and Company Ltd. and
has been in this position since 2002. Before joining GJ Cahill, she
worked with the Faculty of Education at MUN handling the admissions
process for diploma, degree and masters programs. She also taught
Administrative Assistant students for six years in two private
post-secondary institutions. Three of these years she was Faculty
Leader for the Medical Administrative Assistant Faculty.
Debbie holds a Bachelor of
Education, Post Secondary Degree from Memorial University of
Newfoundland. She also has a CTM (Competent Toastmasters) designation
and held the positions of Secretary and Vice President of Education on
the Executive Committee of Terra Nova Toastmasters. In 1995 she
received her CPS designation from PSI.
Over the years she has
volunteered her time facilitating workshops for Junior Achievement and
Scouts Canada and was a Beaver and Cub leader for eight years.
Debbie has been married to her
husband Wade for 23 years and has two sons, Mark is 21 and Devon is
17. They enjoy hiking the East Coast Trail in their spare time, and one
of these days they plan to retire to her home community of Codroy
Valley and spend their days hiking and beach-combing.
Wanda Jarvis - President - Elect
was well into her career; she had 17 years in the military as a
Logistician and reached the rank of Sergeant. As well as being employed
in the military, Wanda was a small business owner for five years. But
then it happened she needed a change! Wanda was tired of lugging and
dragging supplies and spending days-on-end in the field (usually at the
most inopportune times). She wanted to spend time with her family, find
something more satisfying and work at a job that was 9-5. Fortunately,
Wanda had taken advantage of the non-trade related courses that the
military offered and obtained certificates in various Microsoft programs
and accounting programs. She chose a path that would allow her to
engage in her favorite activity "helping people" and “getting things
done!” As a Sergeant, Wanda was accustomed to many administrative
duties. Wanda has only been a professional administrative assistant for
10 years. In that time period, she was employed in various exciting
-Executive Assistant to the Commanding Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC;
-Administrative Assistant to the Public Affairs Officer at the Canadian Forces HQ in Ottawa, ON;
-Contract Coordinator for the Refinery at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, ON;
-Financial Advisor with Investors Group in St. John’s, NL;
-E-Commerce/Fleet Coordinator with ADESA Auctions in Paradise,
-Part-time Business Administration Instructor at Eastern College in St. John’s, NL;
-Administrative Assistant to a Director at the Centre for Health Information in St. John’s, NL;
-Administrative Assistant to a Director at the NL Liquor Corporation in St. John’s, NL.
say the least, Wanda is experienced. Wanda is finally employed at a job
that she LOVES! She is currently working with the NL Liquor Corporation
in the Marketing Department as the Director’s Administrative Assistant.
She is not stopping here; just because she does not have formal
administrative training, doesn’t mean that she has to settle at being an
entry level administrative assistant. Wanda has an Economics degree,
applicable software certificates and a wealth of knowledge to share. She
is determined to can take the necessary on-line courses and other
pertinent courses offered through her employer to advance to an
equivalent level that she had acquired in the military; she can even
advance to levels beyond! Wanda is looking forward to her many years of
involvement with the IAAP - East Coast Admins Chapter.
Courtney Aylward - Secretary
Courtney is presently a Corporate Assistant with GJ Cahill and Company Ltd. and has been in this position for a year. Courtney began her journey at Cahill with her work term in April 2012 and was pleased to accept full time employment upon completion. After working reception for 6 months she was offered a promotion to Corporate Assistant and now is support for Quality, Health and Safety, Human Recourses, and her favorite; Marketing!
In the short time Courtney has been employed with Cahill she is/has been a part of two OHS Committees, Executive Social Committee 2013, Christmas Party Committee, Ronald McDonald House – Home for dinner program, Oil and Gas week, NEAL – First Cut of Steel, Bust A Move team 2013/2014, and was honored to row in the Royal St. John’s Regatta 2013 with her amazing coworkers, and very excited for next year to start training again!!
After graduating from the Office Administration – Executive option in June 2012 Courtney is looking to further her education by taking Marketing and Communications courses in the winter. A long term goal for her is becoming a Marketing Advisor with the Cahill Group of Companies.
Courtney and her boyfriend Joel of 6 years enjoy traveling, watching movies, and playing with their dogs Molly, Lily and Willow. Courtney also enjoys dance classes. She has been preforming for 16 years in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. Fitness, rowing, cooking, and shopping are other interests of hers.
Susan Hutchings - Treasurer
Susan Hutchings is currently employed with Eastern Health’s Regional Protection Services Dept as an Administrative/Research Assistant. She is a graduate from Bell Island District Vocational School in 1979. She spent approximately 20 years working in Ontario as an HR Assistant with the City of Kitchener and a Research Assistant with SunLife of Canada and returned home to NL 6 years ago.
Susan has enjoyed working with several groups outside of fulltime work, including The Girl Guides of Canada (as a leader) , Scouts Canada where she held several positions leader, group committee chair person, secretary & treasurer over a ten year period. She is also a member of the Atlantic Chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Safety & Security.
Susan enjoys knitting, sewing, networking and spending leisurely time with her husband and looks forward to spending some precious time with her children & grandchildren this summer.