THERE has been widespread regret in the community since it was announced that Salvation Army Captains Tim and Di Size had been posted to Western Australia. The general public will have a chance to farewell the pair this Saturday, January 6.
In Letter to the Editor last month, the federal member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MHR, wrote that Di and Tim had helped to improve the lives of people in the Derwent Valley and beyond. “Through the Salvation Army, Tim and Di have had a significant impact on the region during their posting here,” Mr Mitchell said.
When they arrived in 2015, the couple brought stability to the local Salvation Army corps after several short-term officer appointments. Tim and Di were relatively new to the Salvation Army, having trained as officers about a year earlier. They had previously worked at the Size Music, the family business in Adelaide that is still run by Tim’s brother.
Tim came from a Lutheran background and Di had been a Jehovah’s Witness, so the Salvation Army became their religious middle ground. They arrived at New Norfolk with two sons who have decided to remain here. There are another two children living on the mainland.
“We have loved it here and loved the people,” Di said. “We are moving somewhere warmer only for health seasons,” she said. Their new Salvation Army residence in Western Australia, will have plenty of space for visiting friends and family.
After eight years, the couple is looking forward to new challenges in Geraldton and has already undertaken indigenous training. Tim in particular is looking forward to supporting the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter there.
This Saturday, a community farewell will be held at the New Norfolk Esplanade from noon-2pm, all welcome. This event is being supported by the Tasmanian Online Lions Club, which asks those planning to attend to register online to assist with catering.
On Sunday at 10am Di and Tim will conduct their final meeting at the Salvation Army headquarters in Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk, followed by morning tea. If attending, please bring a plate to share.
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