We love you Miss Diane! From your 1000 kids…

We love you Miss Diane! From your 1000 kids…

We love you Miss Diane! From your 1000 kids…

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Even her husband calls her, ‘Miss Diane’… So also, her staff, her friends, her neighbours, local shop keepers… and her more than 1000 children over the past three decades.

Diane Bartle is retiring and a Brantford institution, ‘A Child’s Place Preschool’ is closing.

Housed in the W. Ross McDonald school, for 28 years, kids from two and a half to five years have known this as their place of safety, security, caring and enrichment.

When pressed by this reporter, current and former staff in an interview determined that there were so many adjectives celebrating Miss Diane, but one word seemed most fitting, inclusive. These toddlers, their parents and the repeat generations that followed all felt comfortable, welcome and unjudged on any level in her place.

The doors close for the last time this month on Brant Ave and Miss Diane takes a deserved retirement with her husband Paul looking forward to more time with her three (and a half) grandchildren.

Sharon Brooks Executive Director of Kids Can Fly started her career as an Early Childhood Educator with Miss Diane 48 years ago. The money raised from donations at the event is dedicated to Kids Can Fly. Rita-Marie Hadley, Executive Director of Lansdowne Children’s Centre sent her toddlers into Miss Diane’s care over two decades ago.

About a hundred other folks came to share their stories and surprise Miss Diane in the cafeteria of W. Ross as the kids came out of Thursday’s classroom.

 

 

 

One young man was helping out with the set-up, 17-year-old Eric Graham. He had brought with him a photograph of himself with his two buddies on either side of him, taken while a student at the school, dressed as the three wise men, although it may have been more appropriately the three wise guys. They had ‘escaped’, in his words, and he remembers running through the halls until finally being drawn back by the smell of freshly baked cookies.

Linda, one of the school’s former teachers recalls that Miss Diane purposely hired mature ECE grads to give them a new start. Linda had retired with her family to Newfoundland and would not have missed returning for this special recognition.

Another current parent, Karen and her son Michael, are going to miss the loving atmosphere offered by Miss Diane and came to wish her a glorious retirement.

She credits so much success to her staff, and as to the concept of retirement? She confides, “Gonna do a happy dance…no more paperwork.”

Miss Diane is and forever has been the heart of the preschool and can look back over her company and the wonderful memories with pride and accomplishment.

John Bradford

John Bradford

It is time to fill the void as a result of Brant News closing. Online...free...no flyers delivered... I'm ready. I have been in media for over 50 years: Television Broadcasting; Print Investigative and Photo Journalism ; a VERY brief turn in Radio; Cable Television; and now publishing a live Digital News Platform. My community board contributions have covered: Health Care (BGH, John Noble Home and Lansdowne Children's Centre); Post Secondary Education; Special Olympics, Sports Council; Victim Services; Rotary; and Physician Recruitment Task Force. Married with 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, one great grandson and one step great grandson. My spare time passions include professional and amateur photography, soap stone carving, writing, travel and scuba diving as a Dive Master. Finally, I have served as a City Councillor for 4 years and as a community advocate/consultant for residents and local business for 8 years since then. Join us in sharing stories 4BRANT

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