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ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Anne Lalonde

This month’s volunteer spotlight features Anne Lalonde! Anne is a volunteer in our Volunteers in Education program, where members of the community come in to provide support to students who are falling behind their peers. Read on to learn more about Anne and why she decided to become a part of the ONFE community.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have lived in the city of Ottawa all my life. I love this city and would never move elsewhere. There is so much to do and see in Ottawa and the surrounding area. Now that I am retired, I have more time to enjoy it and my various hobbies such as hiking, reading, cooking, and drawing.

2. What made you decide to volunteer with the Volunteers in Education Program?

I was planning on volunteering in schools long before I retired.  My sister is a teacher, and I wanted to help her out as well as her students. She works so hard, and this year was so challenging for teachers, students, and parents. In addition, English is a second language for me as well, therefore I understand how difficult it is to learn a new language.

3. What is your personal philosophy on life?

My personal philosophy on life is to live it to its fullest and always take the time to learn new skills and enjoy new adventures.

4. If you had a time machine, what year would you travel to and why?

If I had a time machine, I would travel to the 1920s to experience the music, art, and fashion of that era.

5. For 24 hours, you can steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc. which one would you claim?

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. I just loved the story (which coincidentally partly takes place in the 1920s) and her elegant writing style.

6. What is your favorite hidden gem in Ottawa?

Rockcliffe Park has a few lookout points that offer great views of the Ottawa River. These lookouts can be reached by car or by walking.

7. What was the single greatest lesson of this past year and what did it teach you about yourself?

Sometimes you are so worried about others that you forget about your own mental health.  In periods such as last year, you must become more self-aware and ensure you take good care of yourself and do not neglect your physical and mental health. You cannot help others if you do not take good care of yourself first.

If you are interested in volunteering with ONFE’s Volunteers in Education, please visit our program page.

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