Goodbye Rachel

Three years ago Rachel Tyler Jones joined us. Her writing and editing lecturer recommended her as an outstanding young woman. But Penny misled us. Rachel has been outstanding–plus, both as a work colleague and digital editor. There’s really nothing that we (the YOURLifeChoices team) have thrown at her that she hasn’t grabbed with both hands and made a success.

From learning our complicated ‘back end’ coding, to explaining complex information in simply, easy-to-understand prose, to selecting fun images and even stepping in as Managing Editor when Debbie took leave, she’s done a fabulous job. Along the way, she has developed deep expertise in health, particularly medical issues of relevance to older adults. And we know from our statistics, you’ve appreciated her carefully researched health updates.

Most of our members will know Rachel from her Tuesday morning news articles and related blogs. Far from a shrinking violet (perhaps her courage comes from her antics on the soccer field?) Rachel has told it how she sees it from day one. Now you may not always agree with how she sees it, but it is fair to say she consistently presents a logical and well-considered point-of-view.

So it was with great sadness, albeit some excitement, that we learned she has been accepted as an intern at the University of Melbourne; a challenging role which neatly complements the part-time Arts degree which she is undertaking.

For one split second we did consider furnishing a lukewarm reference to ensure she would miss out on the role and would have to stay with us, but that would have been unfair to her skills, talent and promise. So we told the truth, she got the job and today she leaves us to commence the next stage in her career.

We’ll miss her smile, her fabulous curls, her enthusiasm, digital expertise and weird insistence that we should run Alby Mangels stories on a regular basis.

But most of all we’ll miss her zest for life and ‘can-do’ attitude.

Goodbye and good luck Ms. Tyler Jones – you’ll be a hard act to follow!

Have you enjoyed Rachel’s articles? Which was your favourite? Would you like to wish her all the best?

Written by Kaye Fallick