Leaving centre in high spirits
THERE are big shoes to fill at Tresillian Arts Centre after customer service operator Jane Petley left last week.
Over the past 10 years, Ms Petley has memorised more than 1000 members’ names, made lasting friendships and even encountered the resident ghost.
She said a touch of the supernatural always kept workdays interesting.
“I heard through someone years ago that the ghost is a young girl,” Ms Petley said.
“When I was working in the play centre office, the extremely fragile antique light fitting fell to the floor.
“It didn’t break but instead made a 90-degree shift, in mid-air, to avoid hitting a stainless-steel bench.”
After starting out as the play centre supervisor at the crèche, trained teacher Ms Petley took on her current role in 2009.
“I had no computer knowledge at all and was mostly self-taught, with lots of professional development in this area later on,” she said.
“Now, people are blown away when I have their information up on the computer before they even say their name.
“It gives me a giggle inside to see their reaction. It is the friendships that I have developed over the years with tutors, tenants and members who come back year after year that have made my job rewarding.”
Tresillian community development manager Marion Granich said Ms Petley would be missed very much.
Jane Petley knows the handiwork of Tresillian’s resident ghost.