Selfless Carla will prove a hard act to follow
SHE has a personality brighter than her choices of hair colour and is set to leave an indelible mark on Warwick.
After 16 years of service at WIRAC, mainstay Carla Thornton bids farewell to the community centre.
She is set to depart Warwick with a move to Hervey Bay, where she will work with a special needs company.
Whether it is putting members through a gruelling session or livening up the building with her artwork, her legacy will not be forgotten.
Aquatic manager Karen Peters recalled her long history of working with Carla.
"I've worked with Carla for 14 years,” Mrs Peters said. "In that time I've watched her grow and mature, and was there on her wedding day.
"She told me it was a dream of hers to move to Hervey Bay, and she has said it for a few years.
"It is good for her and her family.”
Centre manager David Jordan said the impact Carla leaves behind will be hard to match.
"She will leave a legacy here,” Mr Jordan said.
"She is a strong role model, and the life of the party. Carla knows members' names and achievements, and is the 'go to' person of WIRAC.”
Dry area manager Alex Cutmore first came across Carla in an unexpected circumstance.
"Carla coached my U9s soccer team back in 1999, and used to take me for basketball as well,” Mr Cutmore said.
"She shows confidence, wants others to do well, and tries to get the best out of everybody.
"Carla connects with people and everyone enjoys her company. It's inspiring to see someone show the same enthusiasm and passion after so many years, as if it is her first day.
"The work she has done with the disabled has been phenomenal, and she has always helped out the underdog.”
A morning tea bidding farewell to Carla will take place at WIRAC from 9.30am tomorrow.