BENDIGO Bank Broadford branch celebrated the 20th anniversary of customer relationship manager Leanne Paice on Friday.
Ms Paice first joined the bank at its Coburg branch before moving to the Broadford branch with a stop at Broadmeadows in between.
Throughout her time with Bendigo Bank, Ms Paice has been in a front-facing customer service role and has helped numerous community groups receive grants.
Ms Paice said being able to help community groups was one of the best things about her job.
“I enjoy being able to get out and about in the community and getting to know all the community groups and planning which ones I’m going to join when I retire,” she laughed.
“There are so many groups and every time they get a grant, it’s for something worthwhile and for something that improves their group or a project their group has taken on that improves the community.
“Two that spring to mind, both to do with the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell, one is the Australia Day festival at Broadford and the other one is the seniors Christmas lunch.”
Ms Paice said one of the things she was most proud of in her 20 years with Bendigo Bank was getting the Kilmore branch up and running, then doing the same in Broadford.
“Seeing the growth and profit within the bank, that turns into the amount of money that can go back into the community groups and I get a real buzz going around town and seeing projects sponsored by Bendigo Bank,” she said.
Ms Paice has seen growth in the community both at the bank and through her involvement with Broadford Golf Club, where she has served as secretary and vice-president.
“Seeing the young ones that have turned up over the years for someone’s 21st, then you see them at engagements and weddings and then they have families,” she said.
“From a banking perspective, you know you’re helping them get their first homes and achieve their dreams.”