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Name: Brenda Sutherland

Title: Administrator

Department: Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Years of service: 31

Are you a Carleton graduate? No

What do you do at Carleton and why is it important?

I am the administrator for the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA). I am not only responsible for the day-to-day managing of the school but I also administer the master’s program. This means that I have plenty of interaction with all of the students, which I really enjoy.

I hope that my work has made an impact on students, reinforcing that we are all trying to make their experience at the school/Carleton the best that it can be.

What is it about your job that inspires you?

Each September NPSIA receives a whole new crop of master�s (and now doctoral too) students.

The students are an inspiration because they are so enthusiastic about their program and get involved in the various activities at the school. Another wonderful part of my job is having the opportunity of working with all of the staff at Carleton. The assistance that everyone gives so willingly makes it worth coming in to work everyday and makes my job a lot easier. How lucky is that?

What are your hobbies?

My favourite hobby is my corgi Charlie. Other things I love include gardening, maintaining my wonderful pond, baking, petit point, and best of all interacting with my grandchildren.

Upon retirement, I am looking forward to taking piano lessons.

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