In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, it’s rare to meet someone who has served three decades in one place of employment, but that’s not the case at St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge.
Suzanne Crowther started working at the college in 1989, when the community was in its infancy.
‘Suz’, as she is affectionately known, began her career through pursuing her love of science as a laboratory assistant.
Over the years, she has played many roles within the college, including as finance secretary, school officer and now college secretary.
She gained a different and very valuable perspective of the college, as a parent when she sent her two daughters, Zoe and Annie to the college from 1991-1995.
As she celebrated her 30-year work anniversary this month Suzanne said she had taken great pleasure in seeing students, including her daughters, metamorphise from children into beautiful, gracious women of the world.
“I have seen the full life cycle working here with children who arrive in Year 8, then return as teachers, get married and have children of their own,” she said.
“It’s been truly wonderful to see students like world-renowned costume designer, Deborah Riley, Olympic Swimmer, Emily Seebohm and Lt Colonel Amanda Johnston pass through the college, starting as little girls and leaving as women ready to make their mark on the world.”
Suzanne, who had experienced the evolution of the college and its total physical transformation from 1989 to the present day including welcoming its seventh principal, Catherine Galvin.
“When I started, the Killoran Centre was a slab with a roof, affectionately known as ‘The Barn’.
“It’s incredible to see how different the college looks and functions today with its modern facilities and beautifully manicured grounds.”
When asked what made someone commit to a job for 30 years, Suzanne’s reply was simple.
“No two days are ever the same at a school; it’s definitely never boring and you meet such interesting people, from the students, to parents, staff and all those who enter the college gates,” she said.