Stalwart ‘ready for a change’
After more than 20 years at the Mangakino Community Agency, an initiative she helped develop, centre manager Pam Wilson QSM will step into work for the last time today.
The Mangakino stalwart has been a driving force behind the agency and has decided to call it quits.
‘‘Just as I am not as young and vibrant as I was . . . I can feel that it is time,’’ the 75-year-old said. ‘‘I am ready for a new change.’’ Originally from Tirau, which is where her husband hails from, Mrs Wilson moved to Mangakino 50 years ago and despite her retirement, will stay in the town.
‘‘I am still living in the house we came to 50 years ago.’’
She also said thoughts of retirement crossed her mind earlier this year.
‘‘But I won’t be completely retired; my daughter is the assistant principal over at Mangakino Area School so I will be going over there to help out.’’
Mrs Wilson recalls the importance of setting up the agency when Mangakino’s population began to decline.
‘‘As time went on and Mangakino gradually shrunk, that was part of the reason for setting up the agency. A number of services were being lost: the bus service stopped, the bank closed, a lot of our people had no way of going to access those services . . . When we started off it was just about providing information and advice.’’
Mrs Wilson raised three daughters in Mangakino, and says she will miss the relationships with her clients the most.
‘‘I will miss the people, the staff and the clients I have formed relationships with,’’ she said.
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE: Mangakino Community Agency’s Pam Wilson will retire from her position after more than 20 years.