At the end of 2010, Mary Manning retired from the position of Executive Officer of the School Library Association of Victoria. Mary gave the Association over 15 years of dedicated, professional service and was instrumental in SLAV’s growth and expansion. During a time of great change, Mary was there at the inception of Synergy. In 2003, when Synergy began as a print journal, and then in its journey into the online realm, Mary was a member of the Synergy Board. In this role, and as Executive Officer of the association, Mary’s professional, practical and intellectual support contributed to the journal’s life. Her support of the journal has been unwavering and immeasurably valuable. Her contributions to Synergy will be missed.