‘Ma’ will be missed

Much-loved staff mem­ber leaves big shoes to fill

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

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

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