Longtime pool employee retires
For more than a quarter-century, Pat Bouharin has been a key figure at the Carson Valley Swim Center.
The 75-year-old Gardnerville resident retired from the center on Dec. 1, ending a career that spanned its entire operation.
Bouharin said she started working for original center Director Kirk Chiapella before the swim center opened on April 21, 1989.
“I remember going to meetings with Kirk and Linda Rigdon at Leonard Ludel’s diamond cutting school before the center opened,” she said on Friday. “Kirk was my first boss. He was great.”
The swim center replaced the 27-year-old pool located across Main Street from Miller’s Market.
Bouharin said she taught Scuba and outdoors classes, and helped out with the CPR classes held at the pool.
One of the things she liked best about working at the pool for so long was watching the children grow up.
“I saw them grow up, and become lifeguards,” she said. “Now, they’ve got their own kids.”
She said that residents who don’t use the swim center regularly, should.
“That warm pool really helps the seniors,” she said. “I’m glad we have the swim center here.”
She has lived in Western Nevada for at least 45 years.
Rigdon said Bouharin was the first person hired after the director and assistant.
“Pat always felt customer service was her priority and made friends with many of our patrons,” said Rigdon, who served as the center’s second director after Chiapella’s retirement. “On her own she would send birthday, get well, sympathy or any appropriate card to customers. She knew every customer by name on her shift. It was always a pleasure to work with Pat.”
Current director Shannon Harris said Bouharin was a valuable employee who’d filled several positions during her tenure.
“Pat has been a well-known presence at the pool since it opened,” Harris said. “She was a tremendous asset since the pool opened having many responsibilities ranging from aquatic supervisor, cashier, maintenance, swim lessons and scuba instructor.”