Salvo of­fi­cers farewelled be­fore move

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

AF­TER six years, Sal­va­tion Army Ma­jors Tony and Yan De Tom­maso will bid farewell to St Marys as they move on to Bass Hill in Jan­uary.

Mr De Tom­maso said they would take many fond mem­o­ries. “We are in the busi­ness of peo­ple, so we’ve had many joy­ful mo­ments meet­ing peo­ple and find­ing ways to help them,” he said.

“The most chal­leng­ing part has also been some­times help­ing peo­ple with dif­fi­cult is­sues, but it has all been very re­ward­ing.”

Mr De Tom­maso said he found the St Marys chap­ter to be a great mix of the coun­try and city el­e­ments he had ex­pe­ri­enced with past post­ings in­clud­ing Can­berra, Cooma, Coota­mundra and Arn­cliffe.

“It is an ad­ven­ture and it has its ups and downs but there are al­ways new peo­ple to meet and new ex­pe­ri­ences to have,” he said.

He re­called the year he spent as pres­i­dent of St Marys Ro­tary as one he would al­ways re­mem­ber. “It was chal­leng­ing but I’m glad I did it. Ro­tary are such a great or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

The De Tom­ma­sos will now head to help at an aged care fa­cil­ity at Bass Hill for their sixth post­ing in the 20 years they have been with the Sal­va­tion Army.

“We are look­ing for­ward to it,” Mr De Tom­maso said.

- Alison Bald­ing

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Tony and Yan De Tom­maso are leav­ing the St Marys post of The Sal­va­tion Army.

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