Com­mu­nity stal­wart farewelled

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The man­ager of Kar­ratha’s not-for­profit hub has left town af­ter eigh­tand-a-half years of over­see­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice work.

Wel­come Lot­ter­ies House man­ager Linda Barnard bade Kar­ratha good­bye last week af­ter a farewell morn­ing tea in the build­ing she has man­aged for al­most her whole time liv­ing in the Pil­bara.

She said work­ing at Wel­come Lot­ter­ies House had been a great job that had given her the chance to help some of Kar­ratha’s main not-for­profit groups — in­clud­ing the Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vice, Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Pil­bara, and the Smith Fam­ily — do good work in the com­mu­nity.

“What I love about it is there’s such a feel of com­mu­nity in the build­ing,” she said. “Ev­ery­body helps each other out. “You get to see lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life come into the build­ing ... it’s just re­ally nice to be able to help peo­ple and make them feel wel­come ... (and) di­rect them where they need to go.

“It pro­vides a lot of ser­vices and is an in­te­gral part of the city.”

Mrs Barnard, who is also a board mem­ber of Pil­bara Joblink and Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple in Com­mu­ni­ties Kar­ratha, said she had seen a lot of changes in the is­sues lo­cal peo­ple were seek­ing help for, in­clud­ing a steep rise in fi­nan­cial stress and home­less­ness.

She said she was sad to be leav­ing the Pil­bara, but felt it was time for a change. “I’m very sad to be go­ing,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of friends here and I love Kar­ratha, but some­times it’s time to move on.”

Mrs Barnard and her hus­band left last week and will spend five weeks in Europe be­fore mov­ing to Her­vey Bay in Queensland to be closer to fam­ily.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Wel­come Lot­ter­ies House man­ager Linda Barnard, cen­tre, with new man­ager Daphne Tre­vurza and board chair­woman Stephanie Soter.

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