Staff in Church House gathered on Monday November 1 to mark a significant anniversary – 30 years to the day since Mrs Elaine Wright began working for the dioceses of Connor and Down and Dromore.
Elaine, currently clerical assistant with the Diocese of Connor, started as a telephonist/receptionist in Church House when the offices were based in Talbot Street, now the offices of Belfast Cathedral.
Prior to that, she had worked in admin with the firm of Stevenson and Turner, later moving to the firm of Stevenson and Reid.
When she returned to work after the birth of her daughter, Church House staff had moved into the present office in Donegall Street, and Elaine was part of the administration team. Following restructuring in 2017, Elaine became an integral part of the Connor team.
Married to Nigel, Elaine is mum to Nicola and Andrew. She is a parishioner of Holy Trinity, Woodburn, Carrickfergus.
At the special coffee morning to celebrate her 30 years of service to Church of Ireland House, the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev George Davison, said: “We want to say thank you – thank you for your faithfulness and dedication over the years and thank you for the friendship we enjoy with you.”
Lorraine Ogilby, Bishop of Connor’s Personal Assistant, presented flowers and a gift to Elaine as a token of appreciation from all her colleagues.