Carolyn Davis has been a popular and exceptionally hard-working part of the team at what is now the Challenge recycling centre on the outskirts of Narrabri, but that came to an end recently.
Miss Davis retired after 38 years at the centre, starting as a 15-year-old at what was the Namoi Enterprises sheltered workshop in 1979, and continuing on when Challenge took over the centre about 15 years ago.
And she certainly created an impression.
"She always gives a 100 per cent effort in everything she does," said Challenge Community Services chief executive Barry Murphy, who travelled from Tamworth for a special retirement function attended by family and co-workers on Thursday, November 16.
"Thirty eight years, that's a pretty amazing career."
That was echoed by recycling plant manager Tony Clare.
"She's always done a good job and worked to her best capability here," he said.
"We'll be sad to see her go."