Helen Tee celebrated a special day yesterday as it was 40 years since she commenced work at Farmers, Oamaru, as a full-time retail assistant.
Mrs Tee was surprised by work colleagues and family who had organised a morning tea, flowers and a bill board at the entrance to the lingerie department, all to recognise her years of service to the company.
Previous managers travelled from Dunedin, Timaru and Christchurch to mark the occasion and Mrs Tee was presented with a pair of pearl earrings, something she had always wanted, she said.
“It’s been a very special day,” she said.
“I didn’t think anyone else knew.”
In 1974 Mrs Tee started full-time work as a junior in the wool and haberdashery department back when the store was owned by Haywrights. She said Farmers took over the shop in 1982.
From womenswear and then into the lingerie department where she has worked as a consultant since 1988.
“I’ve seen a lot of change – everything used to be done manually to these days when its all done electronically,” she said.
“You’ve got to move with the times, but it’s all happened gradually.”
Store manager, Paul Botha, said Mrs Tee was a really good example of someone who embraced change.
By LINDA MCCARTHY
PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY
DEDICATED: Lingerie consultant, Helen Tee (above) celebrated 40 years of service to Farmers, Oamaru, yesterday. Present and past staff came together for a morning tea and to present her with a special gift. See story page 3: