After 40 years, Wendy calls it a day

8 March 2021

Having chalked up 40 years of dedicated service, much-loved Crows Nest Centre Meals on Wheels volunteer, Wendy Mack, has delivered her last meal.

In typical, no nonsense style, the 87 year-old handed in her resignation without fanfare, rebuffing all efforts to celebrate her exceptional contribution to the Centre and the local community.

Wendy thanked the Meals on Wheels staff – Amy, Sam and Paul – for their kindness and said she had “enjoyed every minute of my time” with the service.

“After about 40 years I am calling it a day. I am sure there are lots of younger people waiting to fill my shoes.

“I have been a runner, driver and emergency helper and loved every minute.”

Wendy, who has delivered thousands of meals to local residents, described the value of Meals on Wheels as being more than delivering nutritious meals to clients in need.

The arrival of a cheerful face at their door was just as important. “For many of the clients, the Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only person they see on a daily basis.”

Widow of long-time North Sydney Mayor and independent Member of Parliament, Ted Mack, who passed away in 2018, Wendy has been a generous and selfless contributor to the community, never seeking recognition for her efforts.

Crows Nest Centre Executive Officer, Denise Ward, said Wendy had been a stalwart of the Centre and would be sadly missed.

“We’ve been so lucky to count Wendy as one of our long-term supporters. She has always been kind and generous, committed to serving her local community.

“In a way it is the end of an era. Ted Mack opened our building in 1987. Ten years ago Wendy and Ted’s daughter, Geraldine, was a member of our Finance Committee.

“Best wishes for a happy ‘retirement’ from all our clients, staff and volunteers.”

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