Farewell, dear Debbie

When Debbie joined YourLifeChoices in March 2007 we had just 20,000 subscribers to a fortnightly enewsletter and still produced a quarterly print magazine. Debbie came on board to work part-time in administration, but before too long she was literally running the place! Not because she was driven or pushy, but more because she is so damn smart and so far ahead of the game. So she moved to a role in editorial, and soon stepped up to become our Managing Editor.

After 10 years she leaves us, literally, to spend more time with her family. And she leaves us in very good shape, having been a key part of the growth of our member numbers to 250,000, all of whom now receive a daily enewsletter with their morning cup of coffee. But more than the numbers or the frequency, it is the quality of the content that has been Debbie’s strongest gift to the YourLifeChoices community.

On a daily basis she has written or commissioned authoritative, relevant and accessible articles covering all aspects of retirement income, superannuation and Centrelink entitlements as well as health, travel, technology and more. No one knows the detail of this content as well as Debbie, and many members have been very grateful over the years for her clear and timely updates and answers to their questions.

The good news for all of us is that she is still available to guide our team as we step up to fill her shoes.

But there is so much more to Debbie than a great business brain and editorial skills. Put simply, Debbie is a warm, generous and totally fun work colleague. Publishing daily enewsletters and frequent eGuides is hard yakka, but she always managed to see the funny side if things went astray.

We are all so sad to have to farewell her, but we do wish her well as she takes time out to enjoy being a wife and mother, not to mention spending more time with naughty (but lovely) Lola, the new McTaggart puppy.

So long, farewell, it’s been a total blast, Deb. #loveyourwork

Drew, SJ, Ryan, Kathryn, Leon, Lucy, Ben, Olga, David & Kaye

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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