Our first 2022 volunteer spotlight features Dianne Borg! Read on to learn more about Dianne and why she decided to become a part of the ONFE community as a volunteer. But before that, below are some lovely quotes from a teacher and a student who have both experienced Dianne’s brilliance.
“Dianne has worked virtually with our newcomers since the start of the pandemic. She works with our students on different language skills. Dianne has been so wonderful, reliable and positive while our students were working through learning how to get online and set up meets and share books virtually. She engages students and helps them sound out their letters and make meaning of their books and the world around them. Dianne has helped many days each week with some of our most marginalized students. She is a huge support and a sought-after volunteer with our students.” — Teacher at Gloucester HS
“Ms. Dianne is very very good. I love to practice English with her.” — Student L.C.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Peterborough, went to university in Kingston, and moved to Ottawa for my first job. I love to walk along the river and canal. Our three sons have settled here now too, so it is truly home.
2. What made you decide to volunteer with the Volunteers in Education Program?
A few years ago, some friends described their experiences with Volunteers in Education. I taught for a few years a while ago and helped at my sons’ schools. Now that I have more time, it is very satisfying to support students and share my interest in Math and English.
3. Who was your favourite teacher and why?
My favourite teacher was one of my high school math teachers, Fr. Hickson. He had a great sense of humour and demonstrated how to treat everyone with respect while encouraging each of us to be our unique best selves.
4. What is your personal philosophy on life?
Keep trying to love your neighbour as yourself.
5. If you could go back to a particular grade level or childhood age, which would it be and why?
Both my first year of high school and my first year of university were adventures in finding new friends and new activities.
6. What is your favorite hidden gem in Ottawa?
The little greenhouse at the Experimental Farm is a lovely quiet place to sit winter and summer, to enjoy the lush tropical plants and the sound of the fountains.
7. Tell us about a lesson you learned this year. What did it teach you about yourself?
As an introvert, I thought that pandemic isolation would not be too difficult. As it turned out, seeing the students virtually became very important to me each week. I feel really grateful to be connected to the community this way.
If you are interested in volunteering with ONFE’s Volunteers in Education, please visit our program page.