Mr Wanda Duda, fondly known to many as Crosby, began work at College as a casual in the Grounds and Gardens department almost 23 years ago. He soon became a permanent member of staff and was known for his reliability and his willingness to help. Determined to learn new skills and progress in his career, Wanda took up a position in Admin in 2006 as an assistant in the Finance Department and as the school driver and then moved across to the Printing Department in 2009. In both positions, he was well-liked by his colleagues, known for his friendly efficiency and determined to settle for nothing short of excellence. Although quiet, his gentle sense of humour and his kindness stood out.
Wanda moved to the Science Department as the Laboratory Assistant for five years. He was in this post during the exciting, but rather trying upgrade of labs. Luckily, he stayed on in that position long enough to enjoy the newly refurbished laboratories and facilities before moving across to the Transport Division in 2017.
In addition to his official work commitments, Wanda has been pivotally involved in other areas of the school. As a committed football player, he has played for and supported the staff football team over the years and remains committed to his personal fitness. He put up his hand to assist with Journey in 2011 as a driver of the bike van and then realized that there was a need for a bike maintenance manager on the staff. He completed a bicycle mechanic’s course to develop his skills. Anyone who has been on Journey will know that Mr Duda sits patiently in that following vehicle for 17 days straight behind the last cyclist, hopping out from time to time to check on someone or fix a bike or change a tyre, but exuding infinite patience. Once the group gets to camp, he fixes bikes well into the night and before and after Journey, services all the bikes. His sense of humour and care shine through all this hard work.
Wanda is leaving the Family of Schools to work for the Makana Municipality. He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and friends. Those going on Journey and travelling on tours in future will miss out on getting to know a humble, determined and caring role-model.