From heading up summer camp to setting up computer systems, Cathy Hoy has been an integral part of the Crescenta-Canada YMCA for the past 45 years. Tomorrow Hoy will head into work at the YMCA for the last time, sealing a decades-long alliance with people she considers “a second family.”
Her colleagues appear to share the sentiment, as around 160 current and former co-workers attended Hoy's retirement party on April 12.
Hoy's comment about family is not just talk. She met her late husband while working at the YMCA. Her daughter also met her husband there, and Hoy's three sons have all worked there.
Starting as a volunteer in June 1967, Hoy was hired part-time later that year for $1.25 an hour. Over the years she moved up from sports secretary and camp secretary to office manager, then information technology manager, then director of administrative services, and finally, director of human resources.