Em­ployee still ‘part of the fur­ni­ture’

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News -

THE Man­jimup Fam­ily Cen­tre has farewelled its toy li­brar­ian and long-serv­ing em­ployee Tina Rhodes.

Mrs Rhodes had been in­volved with the cen­tre for more than 20 years, start­ing out as a play­group mem­ber be­fore join­ing the com­mit­tee as the fundrais­ing di­rec­tor in 1998.

Mrs Rhodes was also in­volved in the creche and play­group and was well-known for her role as the cen­tre’s toy li­brar­ian for more than 14 years.

“I’m a Jack of all trades re­ally,” she said.

Dur­ing her time on the com­mit­tee, Mrs Rhodes had helped raise more than $40,000 for the cen­tre through raf­fles and var­i­ous fundrais­ers.

Mrs Rhodes will con­tinue her role as a cleaner at the cen­tre and will help out with creche, play­group or “wher­ever needed”.

“They haven’t quite got rid of me yet,” she said.

“I’ll still be pop­ping in and out...I’m part of the fur­ni­ture.

“I’ll miss the kids – I’ve watched a lot of them grow and I’ve made some life­long friends and learnt a lot of new skills.”

Mrs Rhodes’ po­si­tion as a toy li­brar­ian was no longer sup­ported due to the de­cline in us­age of the toy li­brary.

The toy li­brary will re­main open and will be op­er­ated by ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees.

“When I first started we had kids come in and use the toy li­brary all the time but now kids have so much at home they tend to come in less,” she said.

“My kids used to have so much fun with the toy li­brary but of course back then we didn’t have all th­ese com­put­ers and tech­nol­ogy.”

Mrs Rhodes said she en­cour­aged kids to come along to play­group to pre­pare for school and meet new friends.

“Play­group has things like the Lit­tle Chefs Pro­gram, which teaches kids to cook and the gar­den where they can learn to plant veg­eta­bles and grow flow­ers,” she said.

“It’s all about get­ting dirty and get­ting a feel for the earth.”

Mrs Rhodes said with more spare time on her hands she’ll spend more time gar­den­ing and trav­el­ling with her hus­band.

“I would like to thank all the busi­nesses and par­ents for their help with fundrais­ing,” she said.

“Without their help, we just wouldn’t be able to do it.

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