Possums’ Den president Pauline Pryor celebrates her achievement with enthusiastic children, parents and colleagues.
Possums’ Den president Pauline Pryor celebrates her achievement with enthusiastic children, parents and colleagues. Bruce Thomas

Celebration marks 20 years in Den

DOZENS of children lovingly milled around Possums’ Den president, Pauline Pryor, as she celebrated 20 years at the centre.

An impressive morning tea was organised in her honour today with gifts and speeches recognising the positive impact she has had on the Coffs Harbour pre-school.

Ms Pryor remains one of the most committed and loving pre-school workers you will ever come across, her colleagues say.

“I am continually delighted by the enthusiasm of the children who attend our centre and gain enormous pleasure from seeing them grow into confident little people ready for school,” Ms Pryor said.

“I love working with pre-schoolers – I find them fascinating,”

Possums’ Den is a community based not-for-profit preschool that is highly regarded in the local community.

All money received is invested in high-quality staff and quality resources for the children.

“We have enjoyed a good reputation and this has enabled us to employ the best staff,” Ms Pryor said.

“I would not have stayed for 20 years if it wasn’t a great place to work. The culture here is what makes this centre so special.”

Joining the celebration were fellow colleagues Sabine Benz and Trish Thorncroft, who both praised Ms Pryor and described the centre as a "supportive and great place to work".

“Everyone loves coming to work here,” Ms Thorncroft said.

“Pauline is very well respected and she embraces change for continual development.”

Looking forward to many more years working with children, Ms Pryor is proud of what she has achieved.

“I am a better person and a better teacher because of this pre-school,” she said.

“But I still have more to offer, so I’ll be around for a little while yet.”



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