Parkside News Owner Donna Pacey arrived in Townsville 23 years ago on a posting with the Army with her husband Andrew and small son.
They knew very little about the city but it didn’t take long for them to fall in love with the North’s lifestyle.
Coming from down south Donna was really struck by the wonderful laid-back lifestyle and the friendliness of the people.
Fast forward 23 years and Donna and Andrew have raised five children in Townsville and are still as passionate as ever about living in the city.
Donna has enjoyed a successful career in the Army and then as a Nurse but she always had a strong desire to run her own business.
Besides her passion for people Donna had also wanted a business where her family could be involved.
When Donna bought Parkside News, she quickly realised it was the perfect fit for herself and her family. Three of Donna’s daughter’s work in the business and husband Andrew helps out when he can. Donna herself had always had a love of books, magazine and anything crafty.
Donna says it might be a cliché but if you find a job you love you will never work a day in your life. That’s how she feels about Parkside News! She is excited about all of the opportunities that are arising, such as the new online booklist ordering system, which will inevitably make back to school that little bit easier for Townsville families.
As a mum of five, Donna knows how tough life is and wants to make the return to school routine a little easier for parents.