Posted by A De La Salle Brother from PNG
on 5 September 2018
Peter the Rock, the longest serving staff member of Lasalle Technical College
He is a quiet but hardworking person. His words are soft and calm but his hands are hard and move like a machine. The father of carpentry and who has dedicated his entire life to the college.
Peter Maia is not only a staff member of Lasalle Technical College (LTC), he is also one of the earliest batch of graduands. Mr Maia started as a student in 1978 and graduated in 1981.
Mr Maia recalls those early times, "Hohola Youth Development Centre (HYDC) was meant to educate the Sacred Heart Primary School Students who could not make it to high school. The centre also receives students from the Juvenile Justice Centre at Hohola run by the Sacred Heart Brothers."
He graduated in 1981 and in the following year the school employed Mr Maia as a youth coordinator and carpentry instructor because of his own ability and performance. Mr Maia assisted the students with sports and drama. He remembers a Carpentry Instructor from Germany by the name of Jimmy Kopler. Mr Kopler helped Mr Maia a lot with carpentry skills. Mr Maia's best moments were every Saturday when the students and staff bring their products to the craft market. The above photo of Br Denis shows us how the craft market looked in those days.
Br Denis was the first Brother that came into the centre in 1992. When the Brigidine Sisters left, Br Denis became the first principal who served from 1992 2000. From the years 2000 to October 2011 the school was run by late Br Leo Scollen up until his death. The centre had Br Antony Swamy from October 2011 to December 2017 and Br Rick Gaffney who was there for two term starting February 2018-June 2018. Currently Br Jeya Kumar is the principal.
During Br Leo's terms at HYDC, he sent a lot of teachers to qualify for vocational teaching certificates and Mr Maia was one of them. He graduated with a Diploma in Education from PNG Institute of Education in 2003, and in 2005, Br Leo sent Peter to Narooma.
His teaching career lasted from 1982 until 2011. In 2012, he was appointed as one of the deputies and from 2013 served as the Campus Manager. He said that he is always happy for what he did, as he contributed immensely to the country through providing education for the young ones who have been rejected by the formal system. He concluded, "Provid-ing trade skills to the unfortunate students is one of the greatest miracles that De La Salle wanted us his followers to do."
Mr Maia is always a happy person and is waiting patiently for his retirement to go home and rest.
God bless you, Mr Peter Maia and family. Thank you for sharing the mission.
With thanks to Parmenie is Calling, De La Salle Brothers PNG Vocation Awareness E-Newsletter