Featured Colleague: Hilda Berry Provides Service with a Smile

By Wendy Jo Moyer

Hilda Berry is known on the Osceola Campus as a dedicated employee who gives her all to beautify the campus for our students, employees and community. In her role as a custodian, Hilda goes above and beyond to exhibit our Valencia Values. In fact, Kimberly Foster, faculty, New Student Experience, nominated Hilda as a featured colleague for three Valencia Values: integrity, people and diversity.

“She is loved by everyone around her,” Kimberly explained. “Hilda works tirelessly to provide a safe, clean and inviting environment for students, faculty and staff members. She greets everyone with a smile and goes above and beyond to help whenever and wherever she is needed.”

Her supervisor agrees. “Hilda is an asset to the Custodial team because her positive and friendly attitude provides so much joy to anyone that she comes in contact with,” shared Amy Matson, custodial services supervisor. “She always has a smile upon her face and makes it a point to greet everyone that she encounters. She is always one of the first employees to volunteer to work extra time if needed and takes great pride in the work that she completes at the College.”

Hilda joined the Osceola Campus as a part-time custodian 18 years ago and became full time after four and a half years. This spring, Hilda will retire from this work that fulfilled her for so long. And her team is sorry to see her go. “I am savoring the time that we have left together before her retirement … it will be a difficult task to fill her shoes,” Amy said.

What has kept Hilda energized to provide such excellent service with a smile for 18 years? “The people I work with make the College a great place to work.” Hilda exclaimed. “I enjoy what I do, and Valencia is very much my second family.”

When not at work, Hilda loves to travel. A native of the Philippines, she enjoys traveling home to visit friends and family, yet that isn’t the only amazing destination she has visited.

“I have had the good fortune to travel to many exciting destinations such as France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Russia and Spain,” she said. Last year, she and her husband, Doug, traveled to Switzerland, which included a memorable cable car ride to the top of Titlis Mountain. “The snow was so beautiful, and being on top of the mountain gave me a new perspective,” Hilda stated.

When not working or traveling, Hilda enjoys walking, Zumba and working in her back yard. “My husband thinks that I am the Energizer bunny,” she said. “I just keep going and going without running out of energy!”

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.

24 Comments

  • Judy said:

    Congrats on the feature, Hilda! We are lucky to have you at Osceola!

    PMMon, 29 Jan 2018 16:05:35 +0000Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:05:35 +0000pm18,4:05 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      Thank you for your kind words.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 21:57:03 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 21:57:03 +0000pm18,9:57 pm

  • lisa gray said:

    thank you Hilda for all your do for us! The campus is beautiful and we really appreciate you!!

    PMTue, 30 Jan 2018 17:17:41 +0000Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:17:41 +0000pm18,5:17 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      Thank you for your kind words . it is nice to be appreciated.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:01:09 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:01:09 +0000pm18,10:01 pm

  • Tanisha Castor said:

    Thank you Hilda. Always with a smile.

    PMTue, 30 Jan 2018 17:20:33 +0000Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:20:33 +0000pm18,5:20 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      Thank you, my smile is because I work with people like you.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:03:25 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:03:25 +0000pm18,10:03 pm

  • Janice said:

    Every morning when I come in, Hilda's smile is contagious!! She makes my day! Congrats Hilda!!!!!

    PMTue, 30 Jan 2018 17:21:06 +0000Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:21:06 +0000pm18,5:21 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      I will also miss all of you after I retire.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:05:59 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:05:59 +0000pm18,10:05 pm

  • MGaviria said:

    Hilda I feel happy everytime I see you, You bring such joy and dedication to Osceola. <3 THANK YOU for all you do!

    PMTue, 30 Jan 2018 17:32:08 +0000Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:32:08 +0000pm18,5:32 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      It is a joy to work with people like you , thank you.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:08:04 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:08:04 +0000pm18,10:08 pm

  • Kim Foster said:

    It is such a pleasure to see you each day, Hilda. Thank you for making our days brighter!

    PMTue, 30 Jan 2018 19:20:43 +0000Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:20:43 +0000pm18,7:20 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      Thank you for your kindness and recommending me for this honer.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:10:50 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:10:50 +0000pm18,10:10 pm

  • Marie Cala said:

    When I was a student Hilda would say good morning with a smile and spend a couple of minutes chatting with me. After a while I really began to look forward to those early mornings in that second floor hallway. It's been seven years, and I still look forward to her smile and laugh when I walk into her building. Hilda you will be missed.

    PMTue, 30 Jan 2018 19:40:41 +0000Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:40:41 +0000pm18,7:40 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      Thank you, I will miss you too.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:12:54 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:12:54 +0000pm18,10:12 pm

  • Eileen Lowe said:

    Hilda's friendly demeanor and dedication to her job are genuine. It has been a pleasure seeing her bright welcoming smile every day. Thank you for all you do. You will be missed.

    AMWed, 31 Jan 2018 08:31:18 +0000Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:31:18 +0000am18,8:31 am

    • Hilda Berry said:

      It is only because I work with people like you, Thank you.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:14:56 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:14:56 +0000pm18,10:14 pm

  • Mary Jane Young said:

    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the years, and congratulations on your upcoming retirement. You will be missed, but then you will have all this time to travel. Good for you!!

    AMWed, 31 Jan 2018 10:29:51 +0000Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:29:51 +0000am18,10:29 am

    • Hilda Berry said:

      Thank you for your kind words, I will start my retirement with a cruise to the Caribbean April 1st

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:18:14 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:18:14 +0000pm18,10:18 pm

  • Daisy said:

    Congratulations Hilda! I love seeing your smiling face and laughing with you everyday. God bless you in your travels!

    PMWed, 31 Jan 2018 15:01:32 +0000Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:01:32 +0000pm18,3:01 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      Thank you, I will start my retirement with as cruise to the Caribbean on April 1st.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:20:44 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:20:44 +0000pm18,10:20 pm

  • Betty Fenner said:

    Ah, Miss Hila! You will surely enjoy being retired, but we mill surely miss you. You are irreplaceable, and
    we love you you much.

    PMWed, 14 Feb 2018 13:37:46 +0000Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:37:46 +0000pm18,1:37 pm

    • Hilda Berry said:

      Thank You , I will be back.

      PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:22:38 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:22:38 +0000pm18,10:22 pm

  • Belen A. Caba said:

    I love seeing Hilda's smile and friendly face when I walk in to the campus or between breaks. She is a treasured part of the Valencia family. I will miss her terribly when she retires. Hilda keep up the good work. We all are better because of you each and every day!

    AMThu, 15 Feb 2018 11:57:05 +0000Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:57:05 +0000am18,11:57 am

  • Hilda Berry said:

    It is my pleasure to serve and work with people like you, thank you for your kind words.

    PMSat, 03 Mar 2018 22:25:18 +0000Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:25:18 +0000pm18,10:25 pm

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