Maria Gorecka has been working with Dr. Beth Parker and Dr. John Cherry since October 1996. She started as a lab technician at the University of Waterloo. Maria then became the manager of Dr. Parker’s analytical laboratory in 2001, and in 2008 she followed Dr. Parker to the University of Guelph. She has been supporting Beth’s research for over 20 years now.

Maria has expressed that when she first arrived as a new immigrant, even though she spoke limited English and was learning to live in a new world, her initial trepidation quickly gave way to relief due to the warm welcome she received from working with such an extraordinary group of people who are now her dear friends.

We all feel very lucky to have Maria with us in the group and wish her all the best for her next 60 years!