Farewell to ‘Fix-it’ Pat!

Pat Langford (left), with Margate Op Shop Manager Robyn Tacey on Pat’s final day at the Margate Op Shop.

After nearly 22 years Pat has decided to hang up her Op Shop apron.

ARTICLE BY: Joel Diprose, Ten Lives

Ten Lives recently farewelled long term Op Shop volunteer Pat Langford, after an impressive 22 year run.

A celebratory morning tea was held on Pat’s final day, attended by volunteers past and present, along with staff who travelled down from the Cat Centre.

Tears were shed as Margate Op Shop Manager, Robyn Tacey, fondly farewelled Pat and reflected on their years together at the Op Shop.

“My daughter would always call Pat ‘Miss Fix-it’. Anything that ever needs fixing in this place I’ll say to Pat ‘Can you fix this?’” Robyn said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do without her.”

Pat received flowers from the Ten Lives Board for recognition of her many years of service.

“It would have been 22 years in March, that’s absolutely amazing! It’s impressive volunteering and commitment in anybody’s book,” Ten Lives Manager, Noel Hunt said, going on to remark of the uniqueness of the Op Shop and it’s importance within the local community.

“This whole shop and the community here is something pretty special in itself. You couldn’t set out to design this and make it happen. The chemistry between the team just makes it work.” We will miss you Pat!

Pat Receiving her award for 20 years’ service from Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania.

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