A fond farewell for Norma

Norma Barry (holding the flowers) with her colleagues at the retirement party
Norma Barry (holding the flowers) with her colleagues at the retirement party

A special party was held this week for an Ellon home care worker who has retired after 27 years of service.

A retirement party was held at the Aberdeenshire Council Social Work Office on Schoolhill Road in Ellon on Tuesday, September 25, for Norma Barry.

Her work colleagues organised the event to celebrate Norma’s hard work over the last 27 years and to bid her a fond farewell.

At the party Norma was treated to delicious cakes and was presented with gifts from her co-workers.

Norma started her career as a home care worker back in May 1991 and she has worked all over the Ellon area.

Speaking to the Times about her retirement, Norma said: “I feel sad about it but the time is right.

“It was a hard decision to make but I will miss it.”

Going forward, Norma will continue working at a new job but she plans to spend more time with her grandchildren.

When asked what she would miss most about her job, Norma said: “I’ll miss all of the other carers and the clients, but I won’t miss the nights.”

Care Team Co-Ordinator for Aberdeenshire Council, Siobhan Walker, said: “I have been Norma’s supervisor since July but she was the first person I shadowed when I started working here eight years ago.

“Norma has been a very dedicated and hard worker.”

Siobhan added: “Everyone is very fond of Norma, she will be missed.”