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Employee Giving Stories

Through employee giving, a growing number of Holland College faculty and staff are creating opportunities for students and enriching the overall student experience. Read inspirational stories about some of our many colleagues who are investing in the success of our students and our college.


Image of Cheryl IsleyCheryl is from Charlottetown and is a graduate of the Holland College Accounting Technology program, Class of 2005. Following graduation she kept in touch with the program’s lab assistant, Wendy Corrigan, and the two became good friends. Over the next few years, Cheryl worked as a bookkeeper and on several short-term contracts with Holland College.

In February 2014, Wendy suddenly and tragically passed away. With a heavy heart, Cheryl stepped into Wendy’s role to help finish the program for that academic year. The following fall she became the Accounting Technology’s new lab assistant. Continued here.


Gaylene Carragher comes from a long line of teachers, and began her own career as an educator with Holland College in 1997. Over the years, in her roles as a learning manager, a program manager, and currently Director of Retention, Part-time Studies, and Career Services, she has had the rewarding opportunity to work with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff.

Gaylene’s life has been shaped by her experience as a single mother at 17, leaving school to focus on work and raising her son. It wasn’t until years later, when she was married with three children, that Gaylene returned to school to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher. Continued here.

Mary Ann Misener
Administrative Assistant, Marketing & Communications

Mary Ann Misener became part of the Holland College alumni family when she graduated from the Office Studies program in 1983. Following graduation, Mary Ann moved to Ottawa and worked for five years on Parliament Hill, after which she returned to P.E.I. to work with the 1991 Canada Winter Games Committee. In 1992 she came full circle, returning to Holland College as Campaign Assistant for the Foundation’s Partners in Value campaign. Continued here.

Ken Heckbert
Chief Financial Officer

Ken Heckbert has been a vital part of Holland College’s management team as Chief Financial Officer for over 22 years. One of the most recognizable faces and names at the college, Ken is preparing to begin a new chapter in life – retirement - in February 2022.

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When Gaylene Nicholson was hired by Holland College as a lab assistant in the fall of 2008, she felt like she had won the lottery.

I was so excited to be at the college, it was a dream come true, said Gaylene. The best thing about my job is being with the students.Continue reading here




Photo of Debbie King

Debbie is a graduate of the Holland College Secretarial Arts program, Class of 1973. She began her career at Holland College not long after graduation. Over her almost 50 years at the college, she has seen a lot of changes, but her attitude keeps her on the job. Continue reading here

Cheryl Jewell
Instructor, Resident Care Worker, Practical Nursing, and Continuing Education

When Cheryl and her five brothers and sisters were growing up in Brooklyn (near Montague), P.E.I., their mother instilled the importance of education as a gateway to meaningful employment in them.

We were all expected to get an education, said Cheryl. My father passed away when I was very young, but we knew it wasn't only our mother's wish, it was his as well.Continue reading here.

Erroll Affleck
Instructor, Business, Sport & Leisure, Hospitality

Erroll Affleck is a familiar face around Holland College. He began walking the halls of Holland College in the 70s as a student, and graduated from the Hospitality Management program in 1979. Today, many of you may know Erroll as an educator, volunteer, mentor, colleague, family man, and friend. But what you may not know is that at the Holland College Foundation we also know him as a loyal donor. Continue reading here.

Mark Betts
Parking Booth Attendant

If you’ve been to the Tourism and Culinary Centre in Charlottetown, you’ve likely been greeted by Mark Betts. Mark has been the parking booth attendant at the Tourism and Culinary Centre for 23 years and over that time he has welcomed countless colleagues and guests with a warm smile and friendly conversation. Continue reading here.


When you think of Hurricanes Athletics, Albert Roche is likely a face that quickly comes to mind. Albert began his career at the college 23 years ago as an instructor in the Golf Management program, and has been Director of Athletics and Recreation since 2010. (Continue reading here)