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
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. – Fred DeVito
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It matters not what someone is born, but what they will grow to be. – Albus Dumbledore
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." – Marie Curie
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one life. – T.S. Eliot
The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. — Dr. Seuss
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi
Remember that the turtle makes progress the fastest when she sticks her neck out.
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.
Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are. – Harold S. Kushner
There is no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books. – James Patterson
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
Your only limitation is your imagination.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. - Epictetus
To have another language is to possess a second soul. – Charlemagne
One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. - Malala Yousafzai
If you don’t sacrifice for what you want. What you want becomes the sacrifice – Jay Shetty
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
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
I've learned that 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
Don't be an electron, always stay positive.
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
All mathematical truths stemmed from, and can be inarguably justified with the application of logical principles. – D'Amour 1973
It's up to you how far you go. If you don't try, you'll never know. – Merlin
You have not failed unless you have stopped trying.
“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.
Do the thing that is hard to do, and the power will come!
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing – Albert Einstein
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." - Joshua J. Marine
"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
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor – English Proverb
"The more that you read, the more things you will know; the more that you learn, the more places you'll go" - Dr. Seuss
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan
Imagination is the source of all human achievement – Ken Robinson
When first things are put first, second things don't diminish, they increase. – C.S. Lewis
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
Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.
Young man, you too can become a hero. – My Hero Academia
Success belongs to those who dare to achieve it.
In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. – Isaac Asimov
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X
The expert in anything was once a beginner. – Helen Hayes
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill
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
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace – Jimi Hendrix
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
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.
Life is the hardest teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward.
Haste makes waste