In November Alison will take up an appointment with the Newland Memorial congregation at Victor Harbor, about 80 kilometres south of Adelaide.
Ms Whish came to Tasmania from the Westernport Parish, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, in August 2008. She admits the time has flown in a role which was new when she accepted it and, therefore, held a wide range of expectations.
“It does not feel like six years as it has gone very fast.
“When I think about what has happened it has been very full,” she said.
“It is a placement where no two days are the same.”
Ms Whish leaves confident in the leadership skills of many in the Church in the island state.
“There are a number of people in the Church in Tasmania who are more assured in their leadership capacity…better able to see God in their daily lives and understand that God is active in their community and can see ways to be part of that.”
While Ms Whish said there are less ministry workers now, she believes there is a growing awareness and openness among many in the Church to look for new ways to communicate and live out their faith.
Ms Whish said she had enjoyed the role and the time was now right to pass the baton along.
“It is a very demanding placement and I think you can only do a placement like this for a ‘season’,” she said.
“I have offered all I can. It is time for someone else to offer what they can offer.”
Those in the Tasmanian presbytery office are hoping that offering will include Alison’s popular Anzac biscuits and other freshly baked goods!