It is amazing how several of our staff have come to us. God can bring good out of difficult situations. Both of these staff members had lost their jobs and were at a loss what to do next. But not for long! God provided, and they are here with us. Thankfully so.
Rob McMillan grew up right here in Sussex and has never left. After graduating high school, Rob pumped gas for five years. Growing tired of that, Rob enrolled at New Brunswick Community College and graduated two years later with a business technology diploma.
At the time, McDonald’s was just opening in Sussex and offered Rob a manager position. He took it, but nine months later, Potash Corporation, the mining company and the major job creator in Sussex, offered Rob an accounting clerk position. How could he refuse? Rob worked 11 years as their accounting clerk and then became a payroll accountant from 1998 until the mine terminated his employment on June 30, 2016, due to its being shutdown.
Not long after, Rob received a call from one of the auditors of Kingswood’s auditing firm (and a friend of his) telling him that the school was looking for a financial officer. That the same day, she also told Ivan Graham, VP for finance, about Rob. The rest is history.
Rob very much enjoys working at Kingswood. “Ivan is the best boss I’ve ever had. He’s always patient with me. People are so encouraging here. The attitude here is totally different than the corporate world.”
Rob loves to travel and considers Barbados to be his second home. He’ll be heading there in April for his ninth trip. His sister, a speech language pathologist in Toronto, has set up a non-profit organization in Barbados called More Than Words. The organization is dedicated to helping parents assess their autistic children, come up with a therapy plan, and then guide parents in implementing it.
In addition, Rob spends time with his standard poodle Sadie and is involved in his church as a board member and co-treasurer.
Born just outside of Montague, PEI, David Walker lived there until he was three. He and his family lived in Berwick, NS and then moved to Sussex when he was in grade eight. In 2000, he enrolled at Crandall University, obtaining a degree in history with minors in biblical studies and math. He thought he might teach but then switched paths to become a plumber.
Having worked for ten years as a licenced plumber, Dave suddenly found himself out of work (due to economic circumstances beyond his control). Married with three children, this was a blow for Dave . However, things began to look up when his pastor contacted him: “My pastor told me about the maintenance position being available here at the school. I applied and was accepted.”
Dave now works alongside Randy Forbes, the director of plant operations. He handles the many and varied maintenance requests here at Kingswood.
Dave is married to Sara, and together they have Judah (8), Eli (6), and Odessah (4). Sara takes care of the home, babysits, and is a part-time photographer assistant. She also occasionally works at the local library.
Dave enjoys working with such wonderful people at Kingswood and is pleased to see staff working together as one body. He says, “Every person and what they do is important to the whole.” He continues, “It was a real blessing to find a job without having to move.”
Dave is a member of the Kingswood hockey team, and the guys are glad he’s on their side. He enjoys playing board games: household favourites include Settlers of Catan, Killer Bunnies, Backgammon and Cake Splat. He enjoys reading geography and history and taking his family camping.