Tears and laughter as Tim & Di say goodbye

THERE were tears, laughter and many words of appreciation at a gathering of about 50 people last Saturday morning to farewell Captains Tim and Di Size of the Salvation Army’s Derwent Valley Corps. After eight years at New Norfolk, the couple has been posted to the coastal city of Geraldton in Western Australia.

Event organiser Leigh-Anne Simpson said it was heartwarming to see so many community members present to say their farewells. Ms Simpson said she had been blessed to work alongside Tim and Di for the past eight years as a caseworker at the Derwent Valley Salvation Army.

She said the turnout on Saturday was a testament to Di and Tim’s hard work and commitment to the Derwent Valley. “From the very beginning, they showed themselves to be everyday, down-to-earth, approachable people who shied away from any extra special treatment,” Leigh said.

“Throughout this time, they have worked tirelessly, demonstrating a particular focus on the health and wellbeing of the whole community. They have done this by building trusting relationships, within the community, and being a voice for those who unfortunately are not often heard or listened to.”

Salvation Army Captain Tim Size.

Leigh said the couple’s contributions to the community were too many to mention, but she wanted to acknowledge the powerful impact that they have had. “From thinking outside of the box when highlighting important issues, or just dropping everything to sit alongside someone in their time of need. They have done this with love, compassion and respect, but most of all without judgement. They have touched countless lives in ways that they may never even know.”

Leigh thanked those who had supported the farewell function, including the Tasmanian Online Lions Club, the Lions Club of New Norfolk, the New Norfolk Banjo’s Bakery and barbecue cooks Peter Duindam and Steve Foley. Derwent Valley Council mayor Michelle Dracoulis and Tasmanian Online Lions Club spokesperson Julie Triffett also spoke before Tim responded on behalf of himself and Di.

“It’s been a pleasure, it really has,” Tim said. “Thank you to everybody for coming out on this lovely day.” Tim explained that the move to warmer climes was for health reasons. “I leave everything to all of you, in God’s hands, because I know He is going to look after you and the community,” Tim said.

Thanking those he and Di had worked with, Tim made a special mention of volunteers Peter Duindam and Steve Foley for their support in many ways. “Di and I have appreciated everybody here. We take those memories with us and you will never be forgotten.”

New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News was pleased to sponsor the farewell event and was the only newspaper in attendance. More photos from the event will be in our next print edition on January 19.

Main picture: Di and Tim Size with Leigh Simpson at Saturday’s farewell.

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