PSA members at Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre were shocked to learn of the death of colleague Dave Douglass in a traffic accident while travelling to work.
Mr Douglass joined Youth Justice in 2010. He worked in the Induction Unit at Baxter for his entire career, and had been doing nights for the past two or three years.
“Dave was well known for setting a strong professional example and providing a caring service to young people entering custody, or this centre for the first time,” said Baxter Executive Director Paul O’Reilly in a statement to colleagues.
Away from work, Mr Douglass was passionate supporter of football, following the Central Coast Mariners and English Premier League regulars Newcastle United. He is pictured left at Newcastle’s home ground, St James’ Park.
“He was a true gentleman even on the football pitch,” said PSA/CPSU NSW Industrial Officer and fellow Mariners fan Gino DiCandilo.
Mr Douglass also had a passion for outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. He is survived by wife Narelle and his children Amara, Jaali, Cian and Caleb.
Staff at Baxter affected by the accident have been urged to contact the employer’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider Converge.