Tucker’s out after 20 years at Big W centre
AFTER nearly two decades of donning the yellow shirt and work boots, Lorna Tucker hung up the work gear for the final time on Friday afternoon.
What started as a casual position at Big W Distribution Centre after her husband broke his leg, turned into 18 years and one month (to be precise) of work she "thoroughly enjoyed".
"When I started in 1996 I was the oldest trainee they had ever taken on at 47," she said.
"It's been a great company to work for - there's never been any limitations for me.
"It's allowed me to grow as a person."
Lorna said she had seen a lot of change at the DC in the past two decades, including a huge expansion in the early 2000s.
"There's been a lot of other improvements to the production process and certainly big changes and a lot more focus on safety matters now," she said.
Lorna said in her time at the DC she had had a go in almost every department but finished up on Friday as the employment and training co-ordinator.
In her role, Lorna looked after onsite training, recruitment and signed on trainees.
"I've loved it all," she said.
"Coming to work has been my social time.
"There's a lot of great people here."
Lorna was farewelled by a large gathering of people, there were tears shed and plenty of well wishes.
Big W Distribution Centre HR manager Ian Jamieson said Lorna would be sorely missed.
"Lorna's time here has really left a lasting legacy," he said.
"She genuinely cares about people and many people here really care about her and appreciate her kindness."
After a morning tea with some speeches Lorna also had a "class photo" with more than a dozen other employees who started at the DC in 1996.
"It just shows this place is a great place to work with the amount of people who have worked here for decades," she said.
While Lorna said she had no real plans for retirement, she and husband Wayne would like to do more renovations to their home.
"I'd also like to see a bit more of Australia," she said.
"Wayne's been retired for nearly three years and he loves it.
"I'm sure I'll miss work but will love retirement even more."