While her job was to keep the school hallways clean, her impact went far beyond touching the lives of the students who walked through them.
On Wednesday, staff and students at Oak Park High School in Winnipeg celebrated the career of Kerry Laing, a longtime custodian.
After 20 years at Oak Park High School, Laing retires, but not before the students can give him a proper send-off. On Wednesday, the school surprised Liang with a special assembly in her honor, complete with a makeshift throne and a standing ovation.
The school is recognizing the contributions Laing has made over the past two decades.
Oak Park High School Principal Troy Scott told CTV News that Laing, who happens to be an Oak Park alumnus, has embodied the school’s values of respect, positivity and community.
“Gold standard custodian, amazing human being, Raiders legend,” Scott said in a post on twitter.
Scott said Laing will be remembered within the school for always helping out with a smile on his face.