It is with great sadness that after 34 years of constant service to the people of the Bellingen Shire, Brenda Mitchell is retiring from the North Bellingen Medical Centre. Brenda and her still-to-be-completed family arrived here from Sydney at the same time as Angus McClure was just starting up the North Bellingen surgery. As her own family grew, Brenda took on the role of the North Bellingen family – and became practice manageress, in which role she has stayed ever since!Known to everyone in the town Brenda has been the steady hand at North Bellingen, settling in new registrars, new medical students and sometimes new associate doctors. Working with the team she led, Brenda’s warmth and gentleness have been the welcoming foundations of the practice for a generation. Methodical, highly ethical, quietly thoughtful, Brenda has been the go-to person steering our service.