After teaching thousands in the South Canterbury community to attach splints and slings, Sue Domigan is looking forward to spending her days reading books.
The first aid instructor completed more than 24 years of service to the Red Cross yesterday.
Domigan's retirement was marked with cake and presents, including her very own first aid kit.
"I am going to be spending time with the grandchildren, travelling, and reading a lot of books."
Domigan will be doing most of this with her husband Jeffrey, who retired from his job on Friday. "We have decided it's now our time to have fun," she said.
Domigan began her career with the Red Cross as a first aid schools officer, then a school supervising officer, and finally taught first aid at Red Cross's Timaru headquarters.
She has seen a lot of changes during the years, especially the way first aid is taught and carried out.
"The changes seem practical, more common sense. Everything has been made simpler, so people find it easier," she said.
Training manager southern Janet Carmichael said Domigan had worked with thousands of people during her time, and would be greatly missed.
"She will be missed for her institutional knowledge, and her smile," Carmichael said.
Former colleague Coleen Faley said all the children loved Domigan, and she would be missed for always sporting a great big smile and for her bright bubbly personality.
"She has always been a treasure," Falvey said.
- The Timaru Herald