19 February 2011

Maureen Reason's 25-year career at the Goodna Community Childcare Centre honoured

SHE has watched generations of children come and go and now childcare worker Maureen Reason is to be honoured for the part she has played in their development.

Goodna Community Childcare Centre director Maureen Reason spent 25 years at the centre.

SHE has watched generations of Goodna children come and go and now dedicated childcare worker Maureen Reason is to be honoured for the part she has played in their development.

Mrs Reason officially retired from her post as director of the Goodna Community Child Care Centre on January 13 this year.

The date marked 25 years to the day she first took over at the newly-opened facility.

Devoting her life to community childcare, Mrs Reason said she had appreciated the Goodna facility's philosophy of high quality childcare at a reasonable price.

"The centre has a good reputation in the area," Mrs Reason said.

"When it was built 25 years ago we were the only childcare centre in the area.

"The community feel like they have ownership of the centre."

She said the centre had always catered for a broad spectrum of families, from low-income to special-needs and professional families.

"We have had families who work in the industrial area of Goodna who come in early and families who catch the train into Brisbane for work who come in late," Mrs Reason said.

While she relished her time at the centre, Mrs Reason said she resigned to spend more time with her husband of 42 years, Allen, and their grandchildren.

Originally from Hertfordshire in England, the 63-year-old emigrated with Allen and children Sean (then 18 months) and David (then four) in 1978. Allen, a butcher, was sponsored by the Queensland Government.

She said the wheel had come full circle with her grandchildren Sebastian, 10 months, and Cody, four, now attending the centre.

The Chuwar resident said she had had a dramatic end to her tenure with the centre's staff and children evacuated on her last day to accommodate the families and staff whose homes were threatened during the floods.

She will be officially farewelled in more fitting style on February 26 from 2.30pm at the centre in Stuart Street.

Director Paula Addison said the event would double as a 25th anniversary celebration of the centre, as well as welcoming new families.

She said the day would also honour other long-serving staff members such as Christine Gamble, who has also been at the centre for 25 years.

Ms Addision said the celebration was designed to lift the spirits of the local community who had had a tough start to the year.

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