‘Ma’ will be missed
Much-loved staff member leaves big shoes to fill
LYN Smail brings such joy to the children of St Paul’s Lutheran Kindergarten, St Marys, that she is affectionately known as “Ma”.
But after 12 years of volunteering, the Colyton grandmother-of-four said it was time to retire and spend time minding her new grandson.
“It has been wonderful,” Mrs Smail, 69, said. “I have loved every minute of it; it has been fantastic meeting the children and parents and I have made some really great friends with the staff.”
Mrs Smail said she started volunteering at the long daycare centre when her eldest grandson enrolled there.
Director Susie Papadionisiou said Mrs Smail was “an integral part” of the centre’s service. “Lyn has touched countless little lives and we are going to miss her immensely,” Ms Papadionisiou said. “She has been with us rail, hail or shine ... and always comes in with a smile on her face.”
Mrs Smail is one of nine workers at the centre, including educator Kelly Greig. “She is always there to listen and give advice,” Ms Greig said.
On Wednesday, staff hosted a party to celebrate Mrs Smail. “It feels great that I have become the grandma of the centre,” she said.
Children at the St Paul's Lutheran Kindergarten in St Marys say goodbye to long-time volunteer Lynette Smail. Picture: Justin Sanson