For fourteen years and a few lucky extra months, MEA has been blessed with the loving presence of Tanya Liddell, the girl from Cummins in the middle of the wheat belt on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. We loved her, she loved us, but best of all, our customers loved her too, because she was really great at making all those folk outside MEA feel loved as well.
As MEA changes and refocusses in its thirtieth year, the winds of change called Tanya back to her youthful dreams of becoming a nurse. That dream got put aside for a banking job, car sales, and a call-centre that led to a strange meeting at a bus stop with a strange fellow from an all-bloke company called MEA back in 2000. Tanya dumped the call centre that she’d joined after her husband’s work brought him back to Adelaide and came to work for MEA as our girl wonder. It was wonderful the way she won over our customers, especially those lucky enough to rate ‘the big hug’.
Tanya started out in administration, flirted a bit with operations and reception work, but found her real calling in talking to fellow country folk at field days and trade shows around Australia. Along the way she became an expert on GBugs and especially gypsum blocks and how to install them. In fact, she’s installed more soil moisture sensors than anyone else in MEA.
But the call of a nursing career has lingered on, and Tanya has made the brave decision to become a mature-aged student of Aged Care.
Give her a few years, and she’ll be running a nursing home.
All older members of MEA’s staff have already signed up to be checked into that nursing home, if for no other reason than to keep the hugs coming.
Tanya – all the best from your MEA family. You have lifetime membership at morning tea. We envy those oldies that will grow to love you as we have done.
Dr. Andrew Skinner
on 28 May 2014