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Snow and cold can't stop a warm welcome

Over seven inches of snow greeted Greg Probst on his first day of work as the new Facilities Operations Manager (FOM) at Westgate, December 12, 2016.  Inside the building, a warm welcome awaited, as Greg was introduced to staff at a ‘Meet and Greet’ before school.

Greg comes to Westgate with nine years experience in maintenance/custodial work, most recently as lead custodian for NSSEO, at Miner School. His first-hand knowledge and understanding of the job are a valuable asset that will serve our school well, however it is his positive, go-getter attitude, and his experience working in a local school setting that set him apart as the person who can meet the demands of staff and students in a capable and friendly way.

As anyone at Westgate will say, Greg has big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of Daniel Mendoza. Daniel began at Westgate eight years ago as a night custodian, then proved his mettle as the interim FOM for two years until his official appointment in 2013. Always friendly, helpful and efficient, Daniel became an integral part of the Westgate family. It was with mixed emotions that teachers and children responded to the news that he was recently promoted to the position of Operations Supervisor for AHSD25, and on his last day at Westgate he was showered with well wishes from students and staff alike.

The position of a school custodian is uniquely important to everyone in the building. Keeping a school clean and safe while responding to countless interruptions and urgent needs requires an exceptional skill set. Says Greg, he “is thrilled to be here and looking forward to getting to know all of the faculty and students”. And as Principal Brad Carter tweeted, Greg will be a fine addition to the Westgate family!