It is my sincere pleasure to be a part of the OVS team. Working alongside experienced teachers and support staff who are all committed to providing a thriving educational environment for our students is a distinct honour.
I started in education as a mathematics teacher after graduating from the Faculty of Education. After years of teaching high school math, I became a Department Head of Mathematics, Vice-Principal and Principal in the York Region DSB.
My passion turned to eLearning when it became clear that there are many students whose needs cannot be met in a day school. After a year of planning, I implemented eLearning in York Region with great success and was appointed Principal of its Virtual Schooling program.
Beyond education, I have spent many years as a volunteer with the Canadian Diabetes Association at the local, provincial, and national levels. In my spare time, I love to golf, camp, garden and do woodworking.
Let us all remember the quote by Carl W. Buechner:
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
You are the artist of your life. Don’t give the paintbrush to anyone else. – Chriag Arora
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” — Shunryu Suzuki
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. – Fred DeVito
"Things are only impossible until they're not!" - Jean-Luc Picard
"It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - Albus Dumbledore
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. –Paulo Coelho
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton
You can only become accomplished at something you love. - Maya Angelou
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire / Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless — T.S. Eliot
"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do” - Kobe Bryant
Be the change you want to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi
Anything worth learning is usually hard, and therefore worth giving it your all.
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." - All's Well That Ends Well I:2, Shakespeare
The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. — Dr. Seuss
"Hustle beats talent when talent doesn't hustle"
There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid. - L. Frank Baum
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston Churchill
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory. - Dr. Seuss
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill
Failure is my enemy. – Pundit Hari Prashad
The journey of a thousand miles begin with one step. – Lao Tzu
“Give me knowledge or give me death.” - Kurt Vonnegut
Tough times never last, but tough people do. - Robert H. Schuller
“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” ― Alan Turing
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” - A.A. Mine
“One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others.” Simone de Beauvoir
To have another language is to possess a second soul. – Charlemagne
“A different language is a different vision of life” - Frederico Fellini
One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. - Malala Yousafzai
“All students can learn and succeed, but not in the same way and not in the same day.” - William G. Spady
“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” Abraham Maslow
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Doren
If you don’t sacrifice for what you want. What you want becomes the sacrifice – Jay Shetty
“All of man’s problems stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room by himself.” - Blaise Pascal
“Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein
Just because we can’t find a solution doesn’t mean that there isn’t one. – Andrew Wiles
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. – Albert Einstein
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. – John Wooden
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
"Whether you think you can or you can't, you are right - Henry Ford"
Change your thoughts and you change your world.- Norman Vincent
Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care – John C Maxwell
It's up to you how far you go. If you don't try, you'll never know. – Merlin
One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations. - Yuval Noah Harari
You have not failed unless you have stopped trying.
Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives. — Anonymous
Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better - Walt Disney
“The future depends on what we do in the present” - Gandhi
Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
My favourite quote is Theodore Roosevelt’s 'Man in the Arena' Speech
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” - Francis de Sales
"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." - Joshua J. Marine
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today" - Malcolm X
A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. – Helen Keller
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. - Albert Einstein
It matters not what someone is born, but what they will grow to be. – Albus Dumbledore
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Henry David Thoreau
Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. - Suzy Kassem
"Inclusion is not simply about physical proximity. It is about intentionally planning for the success of all students." - Anonymous
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. - Michael Jordan
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
"The more that you read, the more things you will know; the more that you learn, the more places you'll go" - Dr. Seuss
Imagination is the source of all human achievement – Ken Robinson
Do the thing that is hard to do, and the power will come!
“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered” – Michelle Obama
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing – Albert Einstein
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison
When first things are put first, second things don't diminish, they increase. – C.S. Lewis
"The important thing is to never stop questioning." - Albert Einstein
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one life. – T.S. Eliot
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor is it the more intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. – Charles Darwin
Success belongs to those who dare to achieve it.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X
You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. - Zig Ziglar
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. -B.B. King
The expert in anything was once a beginner. – Helen Hayes
The path of greatness is different for everyone; you have your own passions, gifts, and talents that will make a positive difference to humanity.
Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile. - Anonymous
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all" - Aristotle
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill
“Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” - Anne with an E
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart
You are always free to make decisions, but you are never free of the decisions you make – a variation of a quote by Ezra Taft Benson
“Don’t be an electron, always stay positive”
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it.
Good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.
Don’t dream it, be it!
Life is the hardest teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward.
Haste makes waste