Tears Flow as Family Reunites
The start of a school year is a special day for all Year 7 students and their families as they embark on their first day of secondary school.
This is especially so for new Year 7 Damascus College student Allee Butler-Yorston, as today was a particularly special day of reunion.
Allee was overcome with emotion before school had even begun, as she was welcomed to school by a surprise visit from her caregiver, auntie and past student Marie Yorston.
Corporal Marie Yorston returned home today for a very special surprise visit, following a month away with Operation Bushfire Assist.
Marie is a single parent and auntie to Allee and Brody, since their mother passed away from cancer several years ago. Grandmother Sue Yorston, also a past student, has been looking after Allee and Brody since deployment from early January this year.
Marie is an Australian Army Reservist with 4th Combat Service Support Battalion (4CSSB), based out of Ranger Barracks, Ballarat. Her civilian job is as a Family Violence Practitioner for Relationships Australia, Victoria.
Marie has been working as a driver, and leading a team of drivers in regional Victoria, with the primary task of transporting Metropolitan Fire Brigade fire investigators into fire impacted areas of Gippsland to conduct property damage impact assessments.
We also had the pleasure of welcoming back past student Michael Currie who has also been deployed with Marie as part of Operation Bushfire Assist. Michael was instrumental in organising this surprise visit.
It was a very special and emotional moment of reunion. We are so pleased that Marie was able to share this special day with Allee and family.