Faithfulness. In a country where the average job tenure is less than 10 years, the Lewises have blessed the Prairie community for 34 years. In that time, Douglas began in Administration and then as Registrar. Veronica joined the staff once their children were older, serving as Library Director for the past 20 years. But both of them would remind us that it is first God’s faithfulness that has allowed them the privilege, endurance, and grace to serve over 6,000 students during their tenure.
They retire from their official roles July 1st. We are grateful for their diligent, hard work and ministry at the college. Yet, their involvement at the college won’t stop completely. Veronica will continue for the next year to work on the Centennial memory book and archives in preparation of the celebrations in July 2022. Douglas will be assisting in the memory book process, while reading more books, writing more sermons for involvement at St. Barnabas, and snuggling their local granddaughter.
Similar to their involvement in the college, they’ve been active participants in their church and the Three Hills community. We asked friends and colleagues how they’d describe their friendships with the Lewises. Here are some comments and well-wishes:
I have worked with Veronica for about 14 years and we have come through a lot of changes. Veronica has steered the library in the right direction during her tenure here. The library has been consistently at the top in student’s satisfaction surveys, and that is in no small way because of Veronica’s contributions.
I started working as Douglas’ Assistant a little over 17 years ago. He has been the best boss anyone could ever ask for! He was not only a boss to me but I consider him my friend. I’m going to miss all the stories he tells that have something to do with 18th century literature, old movies, or American history. He was often reminded of a story or a little tidbit of information to illustrate some point he was making. I am so fortunate to have worked with such a godly and humble man and what he has taught me will serve me well. Thank you, Douglas, for everything!
I have also appreciated my friendship with Veronica which started over scrapbooking! What great conversations we have had. Veronica, you have been a blessing to me! I pray this new season that is ahead of you both is full of books, much rest, no stress, lots of scrapbooking, and sweet times with your grandkids!
Veronica was a friend before she was my supervisor, and working with her has only enriched that friendship. I am thankful for her shared passion for library work, her attention to detail, and her consistent use of tasks and circumstances as teachable moments. I am grateful to have worked with and learned from her over the past four years.
- My first memory of Douglas and Veronica is from back in the fall of 1987 when they came over to Anne’s and my home to check out a hide-a-bed we had for sale. As a recent graduate of the college Douglas was working in the college registrar’s office, but since Anne and I both taught in the high school our paths hardly crossed. When they arrived at our door I then recalled Douglas as a shadowy figure who inhabited the back pew at St. Barnabas Anglican Church the odd Sunday before scurrying off to the Tab to attend a ‘real’ church service. When they ended up buying our hide-a-bed little did I realize how much our lives would continue to intertwine over the following decades, giving rise to a deep and rewarding friendship.
- Once Douglas and Veronica saw the light and began attending St. Barnabas full time we found much that drew us together as couples and then as families. Both of us have three daughters whose ages overlap. Anne and Veronica took turns teaching our girls Sunday School classes; Douglas and I shared responsibilities as lay readers on Sunday mornings at St. B; Veronica took on child care for all three of our girls when Anne returned to teaching; and then when I joined the college faculty Douglas were fellow faculty members as champions of the liberal arts side of the curriculum.
- Over these many years I have come to appreciate Douglas and Veronica, not only in a common commitment to sacramental theology and ecclesiology, but in the shared vocational calling of Christian education and as survivors of parenting three daughters who as adults still love coming home to visit their folks. God bless you Douglas and Veronica as you begin this new chapter in your life.