Women's Studies' Mary Synnott honoured in 35-Year Club

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mary SynnottThe annual reception of the university's 25- and 35-Year Club honours nearly 100 employees who joined the university in 1989 and 1979 - including Mary Synnott, administrative assistant and academic advisor for the Women's Studies program. 

Growing up, Mary Synnott was a feminist even though she had never heard the term. “I’ve always been an advocate of equality,” she says.  Little did she know she would spend much of her career as the Administrative Assistant in Waterloo’s Women’s Studies program. In 1979, Synnott was a single parent looking for work when her sister saw an ad for a job at the University of Waterloo. When Synnott interviewed, she was offered a different job: undergraduate secretary in the Biology department.  After six years, she moved to the Women’s Studies department.

“I love my job and, as the only full time employee in the department, I wear many hats. My job is always evolving and is far more complex than when I began.” Today Synnott is also the administrator for management studies and does academic advising. “The students and faculty are all great to work with and the material they study is very interesting.” She appreciates the opportunity to learn and use new technology in her role at work—it makes her job easier and helps her keep in contact with students—and has had a welcome side effect of helping her stay in touch and even enjoy playing video games with her grandchildren.

Story adapted from Daily Bulletin, "Campus veterans profiled as milestones marked."

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