By Jon Rumley, Walmart Canada Corporate Affairs
“Lose your smile and lose all your customers,” Walmart founder Sam Walton used to say.
That’s the sentiment Walmart Canada’s Fernande Dubé-Deschênes takes to work with her every day – all 58 years of them.
Today, Fernande is the longest-serving active retail hourly associate in Quebec and Canada. She began working at her store in Granby, Quebec, on Oct. 1, 1963 – one year after the first Walmart opened.
Back then, Fernande joined Woolworth, which later became Woolco and eventually Walmart Canada. Fernande still loves her job 58 years later.
“There’s nothing I don’t like about my work,” the full-time Fashion Associate says. “It’s not just the people I work with that I enjoy, but the customers, too.”
“What’s most impressive about Fernande is she is still working 35 hours a week,” Store Manager Michael Gil says. “She’s always smiling and ready to work! A real gem in our store and a great example to everyone in the store.”