The Board of Selectmen recognized Nancy J. Sundman for her almost 53 years as executive assistant in the town administrator’s office on Tuesday evening, September 21. Her last day with the town is September 30, after which she will begin her retirement.
“It has been my privilege to be able to work with the town for this many years,” Ms. Sundman said. “I love the town; I love the people.”
Chairman Peter J. Meier presented Ms. Sundman with a plaque signed by the current board members at Tuesday’s meeting. Mr. Meier said Ms. Sundman was likely the most longstanding town employee in Bourne’s history.
She started the job shortly after she graduated from school, when she moved to Wareham from a town in upstate New York.
When she first arrived in Massachusetts, she got a job in Waltham—not knowing that the city was over an hour away from her new home. She then tried to find employment in Bourne but did not have any luck during the summer months of that year.
Ms. Sundman said, finally, she went to Bourne Town Hall to apply for unemployment. When she got there, the employees told her she did not qualify but she was welcome to apply for an open executive assistant position in that very building.
Now, 53 years later, she still holds that position.
Ms. Sundman said she spent more than half her life working as an executive assistant, working with the selectmen and other town administrators. The boards have changed over the years, but she has always worked for the “wonderful community here,” she said.
Mr. Meier said he would like to make a special proclamation on her last day on the town payroll, naming it “Nancy Sundman Day.”
“When someone has dedicated so much of their life to this community, you can’t replace that,” he said. “And no one will.”
Other board members spoke about the executive assistant as well, saying she was a leader and an asset to the board of selectmen.
The signed plaque given to says Ms. Sundman, “Never wavered in her dedication to the businesses and people of Bourne.”