Motherwell & Wishaw CAB said farewell to long serving manager Audrey Cuthbertson earlier this month at Dalziel Park Hotel.
The surprise party was attended by current and former staff, volunteers, board members and the key stakeholders from external organizations.
Bureau manager Kinga Kosakowska said: “Audrey strived to provide a service of excellence to the most vulnerable and deprived in the community.
“Her drive and determination were second to none and she inspired hundreds of staff to follow her footsteps.
“She went the extra mile to make a real difference in her community and her work was driven by exceptional innovation and creativity.
“In response to the needs of the community she launched a wide range of innovative projects which saw the CAB service being taken directly into the community to overcome the barriers and making it more accessible in the deprived areas.
“She set really high standards for anyone to live up to.”
Bureau chairman Tom Lunny added: “Audrey’s contributions have been of great benefit to this organisation, Citizens Advice Scotland and the local community.
“She has been a great asset to Motherwell & Wishaw CAB and is a highly inspirational manager who we have been honoured and privileged to work with.”
Audrey steps down next week and says she felt it was the right time to go.
She said: “September 30, 2014, I will have completed 24 years managing Motherwell & Wishaw CAB and decided this is the appropriate day for me to step down and hang up my CAB Badge.
“Over my career with the bureau, I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with so many amazing people, the volunteers, staff of my own, other CABs/CAS, other organisations, it has been a fabulous journey.”