Goondiwindi is lucky to have community-minded residents such as Mary Carrigan.
Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu was speaking at an infromal farewell for Gateway to Training Centre Publicity Offier, Mary Carrigan last week.
He was glowing in his praise of "one of the first people he met" when he came to Goondiwindi in 1978.
His words were echoed by GTT's Executive officer, Esme Cairns
"Mary has been such a wonderful asset and role model for our staff and clients who has bought an extra dimension to our business," she said.
She was supported by board president Phil O'Shea who said Mary's "smiling face" will be sorely missed by everyone involved with GTT.
Cr Scheu thanked Mary for her work for the community over the years.
"Firstly for Goondiwindi District Promotions and the Argus and now GTT and sure there are numerous other groups she has been involved with," he said.
"Mary just gets in and gets the job, our community is certainly the richer for her efforts.
"As Esme said you are an invaluable asset wherever you work
"All the best in your retirement but I am sure some other job may come up...
An emotional Mary said she more than surprised.
"I can't believe you've done all this, it's not necessary but it's lovely to see you all.
"I am very touched," Mary said in response.
Mary said she could leave without thanking many people.
"The past few years working with Esme have been amazing.
"She is such an extraordinary mentor and facilitator and worker and just everything she does for this centre is amazing. "Anyone who comes here is treated with great respect and that's always top of the to-do list." She also thanked all the staff and all those involved with the GTT Centre.
"They are wonderful people who do a wonderful job," she said. And then there's the community she loves. "Goondiwindi has been terrific to me. The people and the town, I just love them and I love being part of everything that goes on. Even if I am retired I'll be involved with the community." Stay tuned for Mary's next endeavour.