Cheltenham Community Centre bids a fond farewell to Tammy Rowed
After 19 memorable years, Childcare Coordinator, Tammy Rowed, is saying a bittersweet goodbye to Cheltenham Community Centre (CCC) to pursue her primary school teaching career.
In October, Tammy completed her bachelor’s degree and will finish up at CCC on Friday (18 December 2020).
“I have only good memories from my time at the Centre,” Tammy said.
“I’m excited for the next chapter and trying something new but I’m leaving behind a lot of good stuff here, so I have really mixed emotions.”
Tammy started out as a Trainee Childcare Educator in January 2002. Her leadership qualities quickly shone through and four years later she became Childcare Coordinator.
In early 2007, Tammy further extended her experience, launching the school holiday program with new CCC Manager, Arna O'Connell, and later became the Centre’s Assistant Manager.
As well as coordinating CCC’s holiday activities, Tammy spent periods filling in as Recreation Coordinator, and took on the role of Customer Service Coordinator. She also contributed to annual planning days, the Biggest Morning Tea, Multicultural Festival of Creative Arts, volunteer appreciation events and Christmas celebrations.
“I’ve had so many opportunities to grow and have a go at different things which has kept it interesting and challenging. I’ll never take for granted what a great place this is to work,” Tammy said.
“I’ve had such a nurturing workplace where I could make mistakes, be challenged and grow and Arna’s been a big part of that,” she added.
Arna thanked Tammy for her incredible contributions to CCC and said she would be dearly missed by her colleagues.
“CCC is a wonderful place largely because of Tammy’s contributions. She has been our Centre’s ‘go to’ person for anyone needing advice or information for many years and we will all miss her in-depth knowledge of CCC and approachable nature."
In 2007, Tammy initiated the Children's Festival which is still running to this day and has coordinated the Centre’s successful and reputable licenced Childcare program, as well as helping develop the Holiday Program.
“She really is a very special person and someone we are all so lucky to have worked alongside.”
Tammy echoed Arna’s sentiments and said she had great confidence in the Centre’s new recruits.
“This team is like a family. I’ve made life-long friends here and they have some great people stepping in, including new childcare coordinators and a new assistant manager, who is amazing."
“I am really grateful to have been in such a supportive place for pretty much all of my adult working life. Not many people get that opportunity, and it is going to serve me so well going into a new workplace. I feel like I can tackle anything.”