I have a deep appreciation for your passion and commitment both to the principles of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy and to the importance of providing effective educational programs and materials for teaching about Parliament.
That passion and commitment was demonstrated in the success of the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy, an event which was born largely out of your own determination and went on to become one of the most respected professional development programs for social studies teachers anywhere in Canada.
Similarly, that passion and determination could be seen in your insistence that the educational materials published by the Education Outreach office reflected the highest standards for accuracy, for teacher-utility, and for student-effectiveness.
Your commitment to youth engagement is very much appreciated. Your work had a positive impact on the civic engagement sector, and we will miss having you lead the charge on these issues!
I would like to express my appreciation for your remarkable effort in putting together the Visitor Welcome Centre. It is a wonderful achievement and you and your team deserve much credit.
The Centre provides a solid introduction to visitors about the workings of Canada’s national Parliament and the varied schedules of Senators and MPs. The many tourists who will be walking through the Centre this summer, and in the years to come, will have a better appreciation of Canada’s national Parliament and their representatives. This is particularly important in this era when there is so much cynicism about the political process. You must be very proud of what you have accomplished within the limited space available.
As Speaker of the Senate, I particularly appreciate how you have handled the presentation of the two Houses – a delicate task done in a very fair and professional way. My heartiest congratulations for a job very well done.
Dianne was a founding member of PVSA in 1990 – the national association for interpretative programming in parliament and legislatures across Canada. She has provided years of insights, suggestions, and good humour into the development of the association and every annual conference she attended.
She leaves the PVSA stronger and more focused on our objectives to advance professional development for our members, generate new ideas in visitor services and educational programming and maintain an open dialogue between its members. She will also be sorely missed for her laughter and sage advice.