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10. Andrew Buckle (LGB 1964)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi, 3 septembre 2014
Andrew Buckle1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Three years (Junior School).

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father took up a position with the WHO, thus we came from Australia to this strange place called Geneva.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Mrs Stacy. I still remember her kindness to a young boy with reading difficulties.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The Greek Theatre, which I helped build. We received badges for work done and as I had never won any academic prize, these badges were pure gold!

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
Skiing at Les Gets; and living in Anières, which was then a farming community.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I came back to Melbourne at the age of 19 for a holiday, fully intending to head off to South America and work in the hotel industry. I never made it. I married (now in our 48th year) and joined the aviation industry, from which I retired some years ago. Since then I have provided strategic advice to a wide range of companies in Australia, the US and Europe in various niche markets. I have served pro bono for a number of NGOs and in June 1992 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for my work with disadvantaged and underprivileged youth. We have raised two outstanding daughters, who each have outstanding husbands, from which we rejoice in five grandchildren!  

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Continue to produce people with an international, multicultural perspective on life.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Absorb all that you have experienced during this time and then strive to make the world a better place.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
I have no bias towards class, colour or creed. I now know this came from my Ecolint days, for it was  normal to go and play with a Muslim friend, or a Nigerian or an American. So when I came across discrimination I rejected it, with sympathy for the ignorant and shame on the bigots who promoted such values.


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