Rev Dianne’s Ordination reflects the dedicated time she spent serving as an Appointed Minister (November 20, 2016). She is, as of November 6th, 2018, raised to the Ordained Ministry with the Church. Rev Dianne retired from conducting wedding ceremonies in January 2022.
- Masters of Education James Cook University, Australia, (In partnership with Vancouver Island University).
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Liberal Studies, University of Victoria, BC.
- Certified Teacher Independent Schools.
- Certified Employment Counsellor, (HRDC).
- Certified in Criminal Justice, Human Services and English as a Second Language
- Registered Rehabilitation Professional Counselling (CARP).
- Certified in Structure of Intellect (Assessment of persons with disabilities as well as gifted persons).
- Certified Peer Reviewer, Council of Accreditation.
- Dean’s List Recipient
- Teacher of the Month Award
- Junior Achievement Citation
- Editor’s Choice award for Poetry
- Recognition for outstanding achievement as Peer Reviewer for Regional non-profit organizations
- Citation for Volunteer Work with Hospice
Writing (poetry, non-fiction), music (play piano, marimba, ukulele), nature walks, kayaking, swimming, volunteering for non-profits.
Comments From Rev Dianne on Her Ordination
During all my years as a professional person, I have been motivated to help others. I’ve always enjoyed working with people and helping them be the best they can they be. My job was to encourage them to develop resilience, and determination to overcome barriers and achieve their potential.
Some of my clients had disabilities, mental health issues, addictions, depression and many other difficulties. Helping individuals overcome barriers, feel more confident and build healthy self-esteem requires a counsellor or teacher to help them understand that they are the ‘stars’ in their own story; and as a helper my job was to be a ‘guidepost’ that encouraged them to feel confident along the way and to gently remind them that only ‘they’ could make the ultimate decisions /choices in their lives.
It was important to help them realize their value and goodness and thus develop confidence to achieve their goals. Also, helping students/ clients, become aware that God’s presence in their lives brings certainty and comfort during uncertainty and pain; that despite enduring difficulties in life, they are never alone. And speaking from personal experience, God’s comfort is always present and his unconditional loves reminds us that there is nothing we cannot overcome.
I believe that Ministers do similar work, to inspire people to have faith and, determination to never give up and to develop the resilience and knowledge they need to realize their greatest potential. And it would be a privilege to be able to work more fully as a Chaplain in a hospital, church or prison or to be fortunate to step in for a Minister who needs respite or holiday time.
During my employment with Malaspina University College (Currently Vancouver Island University), I contributed to the Employment Life Skills Training Program for students with a variety of cognitive deficits or developmental disabilities. It included teaching the students at their academic level and then taking them out to job sites in the community to help them develop skills that would enhance job or volunteer opportunities. We were counsellors/life skills coaches, teaching self-esteem, how to overcome personal and employment barriers, with emphasis on instilling the value, uniqueness and good qualities of each person. (Focusing on what they ‘could do’, not what they ‘couldn’t’ do).
Early in my career, I volunteered at Wiseman House an alternative to prison for young offenders aged 11-17. (Salvation Army run residence and school). I assisted in the classroom and spent time with individual students listening and counseling them with their individual challenges. We did art work and engaged in various activities and outings together. As a Christian based school, there were opportunities to share with them that they weren’t alone and that God was with them and building a relationship with God could result in making positive choices. During my affiliation with Wiseman House, I visited Brennen Lake, a minimum security prison in Nanaimo and supported the residents in a positive activity… how to grow vegetables! My specialty was tomatoes! It provided a comfortable setting for them and an opportunity for us to provide support and pastoral care.
While at Triumph International, as a life-skills coach, I provided one on one support for individuals with multiple barriers. The ultimate goals were to restore confidence, renew hope, and foster new beginnings.
Former volunteer work also included: Crown Council Victim Witness Services where I supported and counselled victims of abuse and neglect through the court process, and Port Alberni Victim Witness Services where I was an advocate for seniors and individuals with disabilities who were experiencing abuse and neglect. We worked closely with the police and local ministries to reduce the number of people who were experiencing such trauma.
Pastoral Care Activities
Having volunteered as the Vice President for the Board of Hospice for five years, and having experienced loss in the past, I am familiar with grief and transition. Last year a dear friend was dying and I had the privilege of relieving the family by staying with him, in palliative care at the hospital every evening to provide the family with respite. During our time together, he shared his feelings about immortality and the journey he would soon experience. It was a precious time and a privilege to be of some comfort and support to him during the last four weeks of this life. He had a peaceful passing surrounded by those who loved him.
Recently I retired from conducting wedding ceremonies, but I’ll always remember officiating at the marriage of a lovely couple who experienced the loss of the bride’s mother two weeks before the wedding. With their blessing, I built in a tribute to her mother in the wedding service reminding her daughter that her mom would remain in her heart always, and in the hearts and minds of all who loved her and the feedback indicated it was a comfort the family. I referred them to Hospice where they could consider a support group to help them deal with their grief.
Prior to being a part of the Clergy Support Memorial Church Pastoral Care team, I provided comfort and memorial services for families and have conducted memorials for my own family members. Throughout the years, I have been the go-to person in my family and among friends and colleagues when they experienced loss.
Personal Growth and Study
Some of the books I have read, and refer to often because of their inspiration and wisdom, are the following:
The Power of Intention: Dr. Wayne Dwyer
You Can Create an Exceptional Life: Louse Hay& Cheryl Richardson
The Story We find ourselves In: Brian D. McLaren
Ask and it is given: Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Reconnection: Dr. Eric Pearl
Don’t Die with your Music in You: Serena J. Dyer
Emotional Intelligence: Daniel Goldman
Forgiveness: Neale Donald Walsch
Mandala: Mike Nichol
The Prophet; Kahlil Gibran
Every Day Positive Living: Louise Hay
Reflections on the Word: Ken Gire
My personal growth is shared in ‘my favourite book’, my first novel soon to be published by Christian Faith Publishing, A Serendipity Calls. It took me over five years to complete and it is a true life memoir. The reason for writing my story is to help many people facing a traumatic challenge, realize that with the right attitude, resilience, faith and courage, they can overcome the most difficult situations. We were a young couple dealing with terminal cancer. We found that the harder we tried, the more we prayed, remained positive and resilient, the more serendipities (unexpected gifts) showed up, just at the right moment, and renewed our ability to stay strong, and never lose hope. Miracles really happen. The experience itself was my serendipity; and after being widowed at 29, it led me to a future that required ‘helping others,’ and helping others is a gift in itself. A few months after being widowed I was invited to speak at the Unity Church and shared my experience about how God helped me through my transition to widowhood and how Serendipities (unexpected gifts) continued to show up, even after I was left on my own.
Contributing to your Community
I taught the Community Support Worker Diploma Program at a local college. Graduate students were equipped to work in senior homes, residential care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities, private Home care settings and residential treatment centres for rehabilitation.
Currently, I play piano at “Keeping House” in Nanaimo, a senior home. Sometimes seniors have few visitors and music lifts their spirits. Playing their favourite songs, remembering their names and sharing their stories is a privilege. Previously, I played at The Gardens Senior Home in Qualicum Beach when I lived there. I also played in a Marimba band where we raised money for poverty and the homeless for the Society of Organized Services. In Parksville and other non- profit organizations located on Vancouver Island.
In Port Alberni, I contracted with the Association for Community Living and did a two year study for them on the challenges of elderly parents trying to support adult disabled children with severe disabilities. My findings submitted to the Ministry of Children and Families disclosed that there is a lot of outreach and advocacy required before there will be adequate support.
My late mother and I served Christmas dinner at the Salvation Army and then ate with the folks and heard their stories, prayed with them and tried to contribute to a happier Christmas for many who were alone and homeless.
I did contract work for Family Life in Nanaimo and spearheaded the cold turkey campaign to stop smoking. Years later, it is still working!
When my Aunt was a Deacon in the Anglican Church they hosted a support gathering for people who were deaf and mute. I had written a poem called “On Observing the Deaf and Mute Children” after being inspired by the amazing communication these children shared with each other. It became a theme for the gathering In Victoria at a symposium to support deaf and mute children.
I had the privilege of operating a regional non- profit agency that supported children and families. One of our goals was to provide a central mini hub where a number of agencies supporting children and families could provide services under one roof. We successfully achieved our goal in Nanaimo as well as providing services at central locations in Courtenay and Port Alberni. Having multiple support agencies in one location made it easier to access services for single parents, low income families and those with disabled children.
I continue to attend local fundraisers for non- profits agencies in the community. Two weeks ago I attended a symposium and fundraiser for Island Crisis Care Society, an organization that supports homeless and abused women in the community. There were testimonies from woman who received shelter, pastoral care and support during their transition to independence. The fundraiser was a great success!