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Janitor Juline Johnson happy to serve for 30 years

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Janitor Juline Johnson happy to serve for 30 years

Thirty years might sound like a long time to be working at one place, but for Johnson, for whom those years represent exactly half of her lifetime, the decades seem to have gone by on wings

This year, September to be precise, marks three decades in the life of the Sunbeam Early Childhood Development Centre, a pre-school and kindergarten institution run by the Meadowvale Seventh Day Adventist church. It is also the 30th anniversary for one worker at the school – Juline Johnson – the janitor who proudly proclaims to all and sundry that she loves her God and the job with which he has blessed her.

Thirty years might sound like a long time to be working at one place, but for Johnson, for whom those years represent exactly half of her lifetime, the decades seem to have gone by on wings.

“I remember everything clearly. I heard that the church was opening the basic school for the September [period], and I decide that I was going [to] ask my church sister, Sister Lawrence, to give me the job as the janitor. I can’t believe that 30 years pass so quick. It don’t feel so long at all,” Johnson said.

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Having made her pitch to Daphne Lawrence, who was the first principal of Sunbeam, it was a done deal, with Johnson happily counting her blessings and feeling that she had received the better part of the deal. For starters, it meant that work was walking distance from her home, so there was no bus fare to pay; her daughter was starting school that same year, and so she took her to Sunbeam, although she had registered her at another school prior; she had access to lunch free of cost, plus, she would be paid during the summer when school was on break.

But there was also another major reason for Johnson’s joy. “The children!” she said, sounding like an excited kindergartener.

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