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Sherry and DonnaAs the end of 2016 is fast approaching Sherry and I would like to thank you all for being here and sharing in our ‘teaching’ journey over the last seven years, a journey that has taken us from teaching children in the classroom to teaching and supporting adults and educators in a variety of different ways, yet all connected of course to the children and young peoples workforce.

2017 is going to be a very big and important year for both of us … albeit for very different reasons … You see, recently I said good bye to Malarkey Playwork and while I am extremely sad to leave the company I worked so passionately to create and build up, I will, for now, enjoy a tree-change in my little #rivercottage on the Jamieson River in the Victorian high country before I begin to explore all possibilities for a career change in the new year.

Malarkey has been my life, my heart and my soul for the last three years, and the two years previous after I ‘accidentally discovered’ a UK Playworker by the name of Marc Armitage and brought him out to Australia to spread the word of Playwork amongst the ECE community. In that time I worked closely alongside Marc, just the two of us, traveling all over the country helping him build his reputation in Australia and New Zealand and raising the profile of Playwork. We had such a fun time together that it resulted in the two of us creating our little Playwork company “Malarkey” in 2013. While I revelled in my role as Marc’s business partner and Director of Projects and Administration I knew the time had come for me to step aside so Marc and his assistant could take the company forward in their own direction and I wish them nothing but happiness and success together.

So, while I take the fork in the road, one I hope leads to something new and exciting, my dear friend and blogging partner Sherry is looking forward to putting her feet up in retirement at the end of February. YEEHAA-way-to-go-Shez! Her time has come to sit back and enjoy her growing family of eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren and enjoy some long lazy days, camping, gardening, reading, cooking and of course spending plenty of weekends visiting with me at my little #rivercottage!

It’s been a-hell-of-a-ride but as they say … all good things must come to an end.

Dear past, Thanks for all the lessons. Dear future, I’m ready ~ Donna

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