Forty years of caring for the elderly and the disabled has ended with the retirement of Linda Rowan, administrator of the Beenleigh and District Senior Citizens Centre.
Linda first became involved with senior citizens in Beenleigh in 1976 when she volunteered to deliver meals around the district with Meals on Wheels.
She also found there was a need for providing transport and shopping assistance to many and she provided this as well as keeping on with Meals on Wheels.
When the Senior Citizens Centre was built in 1984, Meals on Wheels and Seniors services moved over to new premises in Alamein Street and in 1986 Linda became the welfare officer/administrator, a position she held until she retired in January this year.
During Linda's time, together with various Management Committees, the Centre has grown to become one of the largest Centres in Queensland.
A major contribution being her success in applying for government funded services for the aged and younger persons with disabilities.
Another of her accomplishments was to open the Centre- based day care-a first for Queensland. Linda will continue serving the Centre as honorary treasurer and she has volunteered to return to her original passion of delivering Meals on Wheels.