Bill Tkach may just be the best-connected person at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Road campus. In over 37 years of walking the hallways and making deliveries to offices and faculty spaces, he has made countless friends and acquaintances while logging an inestimable number of kilometres.
He’s also been a witness to the evolution of Sheridan including campus expansion, increasing enrolment and now, the journey to become Sheridan University. Through it all, Bill has been a familiar and friendly presence, always ready with a cheerful greeting when he encounters you in the hallway. His dedication to his work has also helped ensure the smooth operations of the campus, by getting supplies to where they are needed in a timely way.
Working in Shipping and Receiving was not Bill’s first choice for a career; in fact, he attended teacher’s college at Queen’s University and taught some practice classes at a local high school before deciding that this wasn’t the right path for him. He went on to work in security at Queen’s Park in the Bill Davis era, and stuck with that position until the rotating shift schedule wore him down.
“What I’ll miss the most is the people – staff, faculty and students” – Bill Tkach
A short stint working in security at Sheridan led to his current role, one that he will depart from with mixed feelings when he retires later this year. “What I’ll miss the most is the people – staff, faculty and students,” he says. “Every year I’ve seen a new crop of students arrive, many looking lost and alone. It’s always great to see them make a successful transition and gain confidence as they settle into college life.”
Bill admits that it will be hard to leave the place that has been like a second home for nearly 40 years. “I plan to visit from time to time, and I’m looking forward to the 50th anniversary celebration in 2017,” he says. His own transition to retired life may be eased by the network of employees who preceded him into retirement – many of whom continue to stay connected long after their Sheridan days have passed.
Pictured at top of page: Bill Tkach in Sheridan’s Shipping and Receiving department. Photo by Sheridan Photography Technologist Owen Colborne.
Written by: Susan Atkinson, Manager of Communications and Media Relations at Sheridan.