The last six months have seemingly traveled by at light speed since the announcement back in March that Sandy Hamilton is retiring on Friday, September 30th. This announcement is met with sentiments of heartfelt gratitude, sincere appreciation, and prayers for a healthy and purposeful retirement. Over her career with our agency, she has contributed in countless ways and approached each day with a spirit of intention as she tackled projects of all sizes and proportions. She approaches each day the same, no matter the heights or demands, with a list. Depending on scale, the list may fit on a post-it note by her computer, jotted down in her planner, or reside on the corner of her desk in an unrestricted file. There was a method and means for which she approached all of her pursuits. Her passion for learning was fueled by a love to serve and it’s the impact from her service that her contributions will surpass the constraints of time.
She has high expectations and there are no limits or lengths she will go to chase down an answer, reconcile a statement, or “go-to-bat” for those entrusted in her care. Her ambition was not a quest for advancement, it was simply an unwavering and unrelenting commitment for doing the right thing. She will be the first to admit, that regardless of your conviction and how you see the world, there are opportunities to learn from those who do not operate at the same pace or see things differently. It takes humility to admit when you are wrong and there is value in getting things wrong on the way to getting them right. Anyone who knows her well would agree that she stewards her responsibilities with integrity, leads by example, and shares her knowledge and talents generously. It’s my privilege to have worked together with my mother over the last 18 years and it’s my honor to carry forward those same virtues which she has instilled in me. Sandy Hamilton has served with an abundance of passion, steadfast dedication and immeasurable power of will.
There is a line from one of her most beloved poems that is fitting to commemorate her accomplishments and express our wishes for what lies ahead.
“Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein, “There is a place where the sidewalk ends and before the street begins, and there the grass grows soft and white, and the sun burns crimson bright, and there the moon-bird rests from his flight to the cool peppermint wind.”
It’s our hope that Sandy’s retirement is blessed with a slow and measured approach, that her lists of to-dos will fulfill good purpose, and that her journey beyond retirement is peaceful and blessed.
Sandy, Congratulations! I know they will all miss you at the office, but I also know you you will love retirement!! Enjoy!
Stephen such a lovely tribute.
What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. Congratulations on your retirement! I know there are big shoes to fill and the legacy you have left will be felt for years to come!
Although I have only known Sandy for 6 years, she has impacted me both personally and professionally. Her willingness to help, and her honesty are what come to mind first, when thinking of her. Sandy is a wonderful “role model” and someone that people look up to. She will be missed for sure!
I sincerely hope that Sandy enjoys her retirement and all of the adventures that come with it. I will miss her and the conversations we had about so many things. I learned a lot, and I thank Sandy for that!
Sandy, first off – CONGRATULATIONS! This milestone well deserved! You have been a true inspiration, mentor, guide, and friend to me. I appreciate all of our chats, emails, and time spent together. I hope this next chapter in you life is filled with good health, love, laughter, and a few surprises. Enjoy every moment! A heartfelt thank you for all you have done for the discipline of human resources in our community and beyond, for sharing your vast knowledge on many topics, and for you gentle warmth and kindness – You are a Treasure.
I am just now seeing this email – somehow I missed it when it was sent. Stephen, your description of your mother, Sandy, was wonderfully expressed. I know that she is definitely the lady you describe . She and your dad were always such a pleasurable couple to work with over the years providing excellent service with ease. You are so blessed to have such wonderful parents . They are leaving quite a legacy which you are continuing to follow with exactly the same purpose, service and commitment to excellence.
Congratulations to Sandy and bless her in her retirement!