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The right woman for the job

Courtney Pennell is the first female superintendent of public works for Port aux Basques. – © Joan Chaisson

PORT AUX BASQUES – Although she hasn’t been here long, Courtney Pennell says she is very happy after only a month relocating to Port aux Basques.

“I am from the West Coast so it is very close to home and it is a beautiful place to live. This was the type of position I was hoping to have after completing my diploma.”

Originally from Lark Harbour, Pennell began her new job as the first female Superintendent of Public Works for the town in July 20. Her credentials include a Civil Engineering Technology diploma via a three year program offered at the College of the North Atlantic, and a work term at a different municipality.

Pennell says her new co-workers have accepted her with open arms, and town residents have also made her feel very welcome.

“I have not had anything but good experiences so far.”

Pennell cites the upcoming waste water treatment plant as part of her vision for the town. On a personal level she enjoys volleyball and hopes to find a league to join.

Councillor Jim K. Lane says he is pleased with the town’s decision to hire Pennell as the new Superintendent.

“From my observations thus far I find her to be up for the challenge and very interested in her position.”

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