Sunday, 18 January 2009

Buyout: Kryk

When Melinda Mantel arrived at the Toronto Sun in May of 1988, she was an assistant to Gary Blackwood in building operations.

A couple of years later, she replaced Ingrid Hamilton as executive assistant to both George Anthony, the executive entertainment editor, and Kathy Brooks, entertainment editor.

Melinda, one of the eight most recent employees to take a buyout, was later an assistant to George Gross, the founding sports editor. She kept George's Variety Village Christmas Fund books in order throughout the 1990s.

Along the way, the dedicated member of the Toronto Sun Family married John Kryk, an entertainment department staffer and current entertainment editor.

Her most recent labour of love was assisting the Comment editors.

Half of Melinda's life has been spent working at 333. She has been one of numerous Sun employees to stay on the job for decades.

As the late Doug Creighton used to say, secretaries/assistants were the backbone of the Toronto Sun, taking care of business and the fine details of a daily newspaper.

All the best, Melinda.

Buyout names to date: (1) Lew Fournier (2) Bob McConachie (3) Kaarina Leinala (4) Sheila Chidley (5) Sarah Green (6) Melinda Kryk (7) ??? (8) ???

TSF will profile more of the eight employees taking buyouts when identified.

With Sun Media's recent track record, they will probably go quietly without a word of thanks in print.

Farewell messages for any departing Sun employees should be e-mailed to TSF.

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