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ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Rollande Dorval

Our first 2023 volunteer spotlight features Rollande Dorval. Read on to learn more about Rollande and why she decided to volunteer in our Volunteers in Education program, including what Nicola Powadiuk, Vice Principal at Featherston Drive Public School wrote about Rollande,

Rollande Dorval, who is a regular volunteer in our AUT A room, is truly outstanding! She joins us for every community outing and field trip. She is very flexible and amazing at supporting her grandson and the rest of our students. She is a joy to work with and is a key part of our teaching team during our outings.”

Rollande Dorval

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My husband and I are both from Ottawa and have two sons. I am retired from the Public Service. I enjoy doing scrapbooking and taking pictures. I love spending time with my family when we get together weekly and doing outings with them. I also enjoy gardening and swimming.   

What made you decide to volunteer with VIE? 

When my children were young, I did volunteer work with their schools and enjoyed it very much. When I retired, I always wanted to go back to volunteering at schools. Having a grandson with special needs is always a challenge and going on outings with the class gives the teachers and Education Assistants an extra pair of eyes, ears and hands. I get to volunteer all over again and spend extra time with my grandson.

Who was your favourite teacher and why? 

My favorite teacher when I was young was Sister Watier in Grades 7 and 8.  She taught French and was very interactive with her students with her colourful bristol boards with many grammar rules.  She had energy and just wanted you to do well.

What is your personal philosophy on life?  

It is very important to treat others like you would like to be treated.  Kindness, compassion and smiles go a long way.  In life, you have to continue to learn and develop yourself to the fullest. 

If you could go back to a particular grade level or childhood age, which would it be and why? 

I grew up swimming in a competitive environment, therefore I love swimming, fishing and boating at the cottage with the family.  If I had to go back in time, I would choose when my children were about 6 to 9 years old wherewe were all at the cottage and they had a certain independence to do things and learn various life skills.

What is your favorite hidden gem in Ottawa?

I love taking walks in nature whether it be along the Rideau River or in the Gatineau hills.  Meeting up with friends for coffee/tea and meeting people is also something I enjoy.

Tell us about a lesson you learned this year. What did it teach you about yourself

Having a grandchild with special needs has taught me to not take things for granted, and to be patient. To pass on life skills to others has made me a better person.

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

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