Excitement, an abundance of smiles coupled with joy and happiness were the order of the day as Breidbach Clinic staff and committee members bade farewell to one of their colleagues during a send-off function held at the facility last week.
Raylene Carelse-Arends, who started at the facility in 2004 as a lay counsellor, rose through the ranks to the position of basic pharmacist assistant but has decided to finally call it quits and retire.
Described as a devoted person who worked closely with her colleagues to maintain good relationships, she will be remembered by her colleagues and local clients for always serving with a smile.
One of her colleagues and close friends, Wendolene Hartniek, could not stop her tears as she said how much she will miss Carelse-Arends.
Operational manager Yoliswa Qamba said Carelse-Arends was always humble, smiling and always in on the frontline.
“What I’m really going to miss from her is the fact that she was always eager to fill in at any position when asked to do so,” Qamba said.
“I think there will always be a vacuum where she left.”
Clinic committee chairperson Desmond Coetzee described her departure as a great loss.
He said she was a staff member who always went the extra mile to make others happy.
“Since I started serving on the clinic committee, I can’t remember a single day when I found Raylene not smiling in the line of her duties,” Coetzee said.
“She will be missed mostly for her unwavering commitment to service delivery.
“Her personality and character can be described as someone who made your feel at ease and was one of the reasons community members looked forward to her next visit.”
Carelse-Arends said she always assisted professional nurses in the dispensary as there were no-one working there previously.
“It started with retired professional nurse Jean van Heerden and continued with Brazie Genade whom I assisted with drugs and medicine.
“I enjoyed it and think that was when the love and passion started for working as a pharmacist started,” Carelse-Arends said.
“During 2017, I did my first course in basic pharmacist assistance through a learnership from the Foundation for Professional Development (PFD) which I successfully completed. I followed with the post of basic pharmacist assistant the following year.
”I have no words other than to say a big thank you to the staff, clinic committee and to the community for their support over the years,” Carelse-Arends concluded.