Long serving friendly face at Medowie Coles retires

Tina Brown on her last day, pictured with coworker Chris Norris.
Tina Brown on her last day, pictured with coworker Chris Norris.

 

THE Medowie community may be noticing a familiar face missing from their weekly Coles Shop.

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Tina Brown, the friendly and welcoming Coles staffer so many of us have come to know and love, has hung up the register roll and retired.

Tina grew up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, before moving to Medowie with her husband and his new work role in 1992.

TIna began her working at Coles back when it was still a Bi-Lo in August 2010, and has seen some big changes not only in the store, but in Medowie in General.

TIna told News Of The Area, “When we came here to live there was a small store where the chemist now is, a takeaway food shop, the chemist although much smaller, a butcher, newsagents and post office.”

“It was still a farming community for the main part, it was a very tight community and I just loved it.”

“We all, without exception, knew each other,” she said.

Tina is well respected in the community for her efforts in fundraising for local community groups, charities and national fundraisers alike.

Over the years at coles, she has been the organiser of many charitable events, raising thousands of dollars during her time there.

Tina said, “The red kite fundraiser in 2016 was a particular highlight, as we made many dozens of red donuts for sale to customers and I was of course dressed in red.”

“We had the fundraising day for the CWA in 2015 where we all wore country clothing, which was another terrific success.”

Tina is already enjoying her retirement, relishing in extra time to enjoy grandmother duties with her six year old granddaughter, and spending quality time with her husband of some forty years, David.

She will no doubt miss her fellow Coles staff, telling News Of The Area, “The best thing about Coles was the family feel we had.”

“We have always supported each other in good times and bad.”

Best wishes for your retirement Tina, and thank you for all you do for our community.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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