My Career at U of T: An Interview with Penny Deligiannis, Business Officer, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

April 14 2015

Penny Deligiannis is the Business Officer at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. She is set to retire in 2015.

Penny Deligiannis is the Business Officer at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. She is set to retire in 2015.


Penny Deligiannis has been involved in the U of T community for almost 40 years. She has had the opportunity to work in many different areas of the University, making life-long friends in each. Penny is passionate about her job, hard-working, and dedicated to the University. She will be missed upon her retirement in June!

We caught up with Penny to ask her about her career at the University, her plans for the future and her favourite memories at U of T.

Tell us about your career path at U of T.

My first position at U of T was in Personnel Records on the 8th floor of Human Resources, at 215 Huron Street on the St. George campus. I worked there for seven years before moving to the payroll department, where I worked for the next 15 years. In 1998, I went to HR at OISE, doing benefits, customer service, and pensions. Then, almost ten years ago, I began working at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study as a Business Officer, and have been here ever since. My responsibilities include financial administration and budget operations, and health and safety.

What are some of your favourite U of T memories?

In each of the different units I have made life-long friends, friends that really have become a part of my family. Our payroll department was particularly close and we still connect even though some are retired. These are some of my favourite memories.

What will you miss the most about working at U of T?

Here at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, I will miss the people I work with, the community and the challenges and stimulation I get from working. It really is an amazing place to work.

What are you looking forward to after retirement?

I am really looking forward to travelling. My husband and I are going on a trip to Greece for the summer. I am originally from Greece and moved to Canada when I was 10. I am also looking forward to finding out my own interests and pursuing them. Until now, I have been raising my four daughters and working full time and didn’t have the opportunity to do this.