SHE has been the personal assistant to five general managers, has seen editors come and go, and contributed enormously to The Northern Daily Leader.
Donna Gill, after 32years of service with the newspaper, has retired.
She was formally farewelled by her work colleagues at a special afternoon tea and presented with a gift in appreciation of her dedication to duty. Managing editor John
Sommerlad said there would never be another Donna Gill at The Northern Daily Leader.
“Few people really know how much she does for this newspaper and its operation,” he said at the farewell.
“Throughout the 32 years she has been with the newspaper she has been a tower of strength. The assistance she has provided to the business is a contribution it could not have done without.
“Donna is a true professional – dedicated and committed – and has been of invaluable service to the newspaper and its staff.
“She has also been a de facto member of many community organisations and causes. As busy managers took on community roles on committees, she did much of the work.
“She has assisted the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee, the Joy and Slim Statue Committee, service clubs and a long list of other organisations.”
Donna started at The Leader in the accounts department but her skills saw her quickly rise to the management floor. She also took on a heavy burden of responsibility by administrating occupational health and safety at The Leader.
With time on her hands, and a lot less to worry about, Donna and her husband Peter plan to do some travelling.