The PCO Alliance Network have said a sad farewell to one of our longest standing members, to Gayle Defranceski, who leaves us for the UK this month. We are all collectively going to miss her so much. We all stand together in wishing her all the very best for her new life in England. She will make a success of anything she lends her hand to with her skilled and professional approach to business and her wonderful, warm personality. We asked Jacqueline Stumke and Ellen Oosthuizen to share their tributes to Gayle.


“I have been blessed to have known Gayle for over 25 years. We have seen, and been part of, the changes and the growth of our industry. Gayle was one of the first members hand-picked to become a member of the PCO Alliance Network and, through the years, has earned her position as an Executive Committee member who was always 100% dedicated to the tasks she was presented with. 

We have shared so many wonderful times and have memories to last a lifetime. As will our friendship.

I will miss her bubbly personality, her sense of fun brought to every function and getaway and her enthusiasm for life. She even bought a cup especially for me when she knew I didn’t drink from mugs. I hope she keeps forever as a reminder of the friend she leaves behind but one who will always be in her life. Bon Voyage Gaylie!”

Jacqueline Stumke, founder and lifetime member of the PCO Alliance Network


“Gayle was one of the first PCO Alliance Members whom with a few of our longstanding members joined Jacqueline Stumke in her dream to start the PCO Alliance Network in 2005. Gayle has always been humble, supportive in whatever we had to organize or do for the PCO Alliance Network. Her knowledge of the industry did not go unnoticed. Her passion for the PCO Alliance Network was visible. Gayle always had a good word for all of us. In my role as Chairperson, Gayle was always there to assist with advice and support. We are going to miss Gayle very much. May she be blessed taking on her new ventures in the UK. I know she will make a success in any career she may pursue in England. Wishing her lots of happiness!”

Ellen Oosthuizen, Chairperson of the PCO Alliance Network