Many people in Geelong are still in shock over the sudden death of Arda Duck, a consummate educationalist and dedicated change agent who strove to improve the opportunities for all students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Arda was a highly respected principal of the Corio Bay Senior College and a major driving force in creating the new Northern Bay P-12 College. Arda worked tirelessly on shifting the paradigm and knew that the Corio-Norlane education regeneration project was a long-term commitment to the northern Geelong community. Working closely with staff and students was always on Arda’s agenda, but her ability to bring the wider community together and to coalesce and corral decision-makers to deliver the best possible outcomes for the local community was her forte.
A 90-second statement does not allow sufficient time to properly pay tribute to Arda Duck for all of her work. However, last Friday’s service in size and in content did exemplify community sentiment and gave thanks to a truly remarkable woman who was much respected and very much loved. I also take this opportunity to record my thanks for Arda’s support of the annual Fanny Brownbill function.
I convey my deepest sympathy to Arda’s family, Paul, Clare, Martin and Tom. I know they are labouring in tremendous grief. Arda is sorely missed but will always be remembered by so many. Vale, Arda Duck.