Farewell to Kathy Hardy
Friends and fellow Springfield Housing Authority employees gathered recently to bid farewell to Human Services Director Kathy Hardy, on her retirement.
The luncheon event at 60 Congress St. featured a tasty lunch, cake and cookies, and many accolades for the woman who presided over hiring, training, negotiating, certifying, and all of the duties associated with an HR department.
Hardy plans to spend her time golfing, hanging out with family and friends, and doing what retired people do.
“As the HR person I have been lucky enough to meet and work with everyone,” she said. “You’re a wonderful group of people and it’s been a pleasure to work with you. I will miss all of you.”
The farewell drew a good portion of SHA’s employee roster, and garnered high praise for Hardy, whose husband John was also in attendance. Remarks on her tenure reflected friendship, respect and love.
“You’ve been so great to work with. My only regret is that I was able to work with you just six months,” said Executive Director Denise Jordan.
Deputy Executive Director Nicole Contois said, “We’ll miss you here, but hopefully we’ll see you on the golf course.”
Fidan Gousseynoff, who replaces Hardy as head of HR, also shared her thoughts, saying, “It’s a hard moment for all of us in the Executive Department. We’ve worked so closely together. You’ve been accessible, always willing to help and we have known we can always rely on you. You’ve been a great boss and a great mentor.”
Hardy was known to perform tasks and jump in even outside of her job description. She was a liaison to the SHA partnership with the Hampden County Sherriff’s Office, sat on the board at the non-profit social service agency The Gray House in the North End. She also mentored children over her years as a Springfield School Volunteer.
Teresa Liberti, Executive Director at The Gray House, attended and thanked Hardy for her volunteer work there.
SHA Board of Commissioners Chairman Thomas LaBonte attended, also praising Hardy for her work ethic and friendly personality.
“She’s always available and willing to help no matter what we need. She’s done a great job, and she leaves us in great shape. We wish her the best,” he said.
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