It was an historical moment for Potoroo Palace when staff finally waved farewell to long term employee Alan Morgan at the close of 2018. Alan, who has been with the sanctuary since its very birth in 2006 has played an integral role in the management of its finances.
He originally joined the sanctuary family as a volunteer when he was enticed with the opportunity to be close to the kangaroos. Luckily or unluckily, Alan was soon discovered to have other much needed skills for the successful running of a wildlife sanctuary, café and gift shop . The sanctuary’s focus is upon education, conservation and community and has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Alan certainly had his work cut out for him. He became renowned for and adept at, negotiating deals and doing some hard bargaining, proving to be invaluable in getting this small not-for-profit business off the ground.
“Alan was like a part of the furniture here and kept on threatening us with his imminent departure for years” laughed Lea Pinker, Director and one of several staff who shared office space with him. “Now he has actually done it, but not before he sourced and trained an ideal replacement.”
Local businessman Serge Nachtergaele has stepped comfortably into Alan’s former shoes and has already proved himself to be an invaluable member of the sanctuary family. His list of accomplishments since joining the sanctuary is outstanding and he is also a valued part of the directorate team too. So, although the goodbyes are sad, the sanctuary is also looking forward to an exciting future.