Leav­ing cen­tre in high spir­its

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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