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11 October 2016

GEMIA Says Goodbye to Kelly

After four fabulous years, our affable project officer Kelly Spence is leaving GEMIA.

Kelly came onboard as the inaugural project officer in 2012 after moving to Kalgoorlie-Boulder with her husband and two young sons.

GEMIA Chairperson Christine Boase said Kelly will be missed by everyone that has worked with her over the years.

“Kelly has been so inclusive and an absolute delight to work with,” Christine said.

“Her natural curiosity to learn more about science has been a huge bonus and her enthusiastic and inquisitive nature has helped her to connect with people and for people to connect with GEMIA.

Christine reflected on several highlights of Kelly’s time with GEMIA but one stood out amongst them all.

“I’ll never forget Kelly’s first Girls and Guys Exploring Mining Forum and the look on her face after all the kids arrived,” Christine said.

“She was pretty exhausted at the end of the day but she has such a great sense of humor and immediately set to work to introduce new systems for the following year.

Kelly was quick to reflect on community spirit as a highlight of her time with GEMIA.

“When I first started, I was amazed that so many people put so much time and energy into making the community better – it blew me away,” said Kelly.

“My boys have grown up with science in their lives and have a thirst for knowledge because of the role I have had.

“What am I going to do with all the fossils and plasma balls in my cupboard!

Kelly will leave the organisation in mid-November to return to her hometown of Cairns.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations, volunteers and supporters whom I have been privileged to work with over the years,” Kelly said.

“I would also like to thank all committee members over this time. It was a pleasure to work with such a passionate and dedicated group of people and be part of this fantastic project!”

On behalf of the GEMIA Committee, we wish Kelly and her family all the best for this new stage in their lives.

Our new Project Officer Jane Gilbert will commence next week, and joins us after a stint as the Metallurgy Education Partnership Coordinator at the Western Australian School of Mines.

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