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Dawn says farewell after 33 years

08 July 2020

A long-serving employee has said farewell to her colleagues at Persimmon Homes East Midlands after starting her career as a temp in 1986.

Dawn Dunbar, 65, who is stepping down from her role as PA to the director in charge, has worked for the company for 33 years and began as a temporary receptionist. She was given a socially distanced send off from her friends and colleagues at the offices in Peterborough.

“I was totally amazed at the send-off everyone was able to give me and the very generous gifts I received,” said Dawn, who lives in Peakirk, near Peterborough. “Everyone was so generous, coming into the office to say farewell and with the gifts. It has blown me away and it was very special. My card was signed by friends and colleagues from years ago, so much thought went into tracking them down and there are some lovely comments.”

Dawn, who has worked for five MDs across a number of offices in the region, added: “I started as a temp on reception in June 1986 and was fortunate to secure a full-time role in the August and have stayed with the company throughout, I think it is safe to say there has been a lot of water under the bridge over the years. I have really loved my career, but now I am looking forward to enjoying the freedom to travel as and when I am inspired. I have an idea I would like to visit Canada, having travelled there before, but I am often inspired by books and now I will have the opportunity to visit if my interest is piqued.”

Nick Phillips, director in charge of Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said: “Dawn will be missed by all of her friends and colleagues in the East Midlands office and the wider company. She built her career at Persimmon and has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the business over the years which is second to none. It has been a pleasure working with her and we wish her well for a long and happy retirement and of course on her traveling adventures.”

Dawn was presented with a Tiffany lamp, a Pandora bracelet, flowers, a cake and cash to boost her travelling funds from her friends and colleagues at the regional office.

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