Tribute paid to retired SES stalwart

Chris Stickland with former mayor Paddi Creevey and COM Emergency District Officer Myra Giardini celebrating the donation of a dual cab 4WD support vehicle for the SES last year.
Chris Stickland with former mayor Paddi Creevey and COM Emergency District Officer Myra Giardini celebrating the donation of a dual cab 4WD support vehicle for the SES last year.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman paid tribute to Mr Stickland’s dedication to the State education system in Parliament last week and said he had served WA’s public education system for 40 years.

The last 30 years of that service had been to children and young people in Mandurah.

‘Chris came to Mandurah to work at the then Mandurah Senior High School in the early 1980s until Mandurah Senior College opened in 2000 and has been a key educator and innovator of programs particularly aimed at young people who were vulnerable or at risk,” Mr Templeman said.

More than 27 years ago, Mr Stickland helped set up the highly successful Mandurah SES Cadet Program at Mandurah Senior High School, a program that up until this year provided outstanding training and life skills education for more than 600 local people.

‘This contribution and dedication is a remarkable achievement and commitment,” Mr Templeman said.

‘Chris retired last term after 40 years dedicated service to our young people and many in WA.

‘As manager of the Mandurah SES, he will continue with his ongoing commitment but his work as a local educator cannot go unacknowledged.

‘I thank Chris for his outstanding service to the young people and their families in my community and acknowledge the role he has played in delivering quality teaching and innovative programs to so many students who so very much needed the compassion and support he provided.”