The Early Connections team together with families past and present shared an emotional farewell with Physiotherapist Sue Doherty at the Florence Street location Early Connections Manning and Great Lakes last week.

Sue’s career spans three decades and she has been associated with the organisation for 25 years.

“Sue has supported the service as the President of our Management Committee, a physio contractor and an employee for 25 years. Sue has brought so much to our families and team. So sad to lose this wonderful icon! You will be sadly missed Sue and thank you for all of your support to Early Connections and families in our community,” said Sally Gibson, Manager Early Connections Manning & Great Lakes.

Families and staff joined the farewell celebration including Cameron Richardson who was Sue’s first client in the Taree region, and his Mum Michelle Richardson (Early Connections MGL President).

Logan Parvin also attended physio with Sue for for many years. Logan and Cameron talked fondly of remembering coming to Early Intervention and working with Sue, who will be greatly missed by our team.

Although we say goodbye, Sue will continue to work privately supporting families in the region.

“Thank you so much for your support and encouragement in our early years with Chelsea. She turned 15 this month! You will never be forgotten. So grateful,” said Mandy Jane Catling

Amanda Jenner said “Sue was instrumental in supporting us and believing in our daughter after we were told she would never walk. Ava is nearly 14 and walks, runs, jumps, does CrossFit and rides horses. Our family will be forever grateful.”

“What an inspirational woman you are sue. I remember being a new grad hanging on your words, hoping that I would one day, sound half as knowledgeable as you. So kind and intelligent and inspiring” said speech pathologist  Jess Willliams.

Debbie Fraser Manager at Kempsey Early Connections said “You will be sadly missed Sue, thank you for all your shared knowledge, guidance and friendship over the years in the Kempsey region also. Best wishes for your future endeavours.”

“Farewell Sue! What an iconic PT! I worked with Sue in 2006-2008? At Manning and Great Lakes EI Centres and learnt so much about paed pt as a speech path in my early years. All the best!!” Michelle Santarelli