Human Resources Manager Wanda Miori-North believes that staying the course leads to success over time, an attitude that’s reflected in a career that spans more than three decades.
Miori-North recently received an Employee Service Award recognizing her for 35 years of service to the City of Victoria. Other employees were honored for 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years of service.
Q: What do you like most about living in Victoria?
A: I have lived in Victoria County my entire life. The community has changed so much in 35 years. I think most of all, it is small enough to get around quick and easy and still offers most anything you need.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do?
A: I love to walk or drive through Riverside Park. The beauty and peacefulness are what I enjoy most. Other than that, having my grandchildren by my side is the best (ages 3 years and 5 months).
Q: What do you like most about working for the City of Victoria?
A: We all have a “calling” for serving the public, but I get to serve this same group, assisting them with things that make a difference.
Q: What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time here?
A: I think just “staying the course.” When you stay the course, the accomplishments just happen over time, and it’s the little things that count. My son would totally disagree. He says things don’t happen unless you make them happen. Probably some truth to that. I have always been satisfied with what comes my way.
Q: What is your advice for being happy at work?
A: Always strive to be better than yesterday. Don’t allow the “let-downs” to affect tomorrow.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: That’s a tough one. I’ll eat just about anything. My favorite is Mexican, and my second favorite is seafood.
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