Rainbow Kidschool Director Says Farewell

By Nancy Marshall

Charles Dickens said it perfectly: “It was the best of times.” It has been the best of careers for me.

For the past 31 years, Rainbow Kidschool (Carleton Preschool) has been a part of my everyday life. Our connection actually began 34 years ago, when Carleton University Preschool moved from the campus to Lady Evelyn Public School. I was the first Algonquin College Early Childhood Education student at the centre back in 1982.

That was a year of big changes for Carleton Preschool. Once located at Lady Evelyn School, the centre dropped the ‘university’ from its name. That was the year that Lady Evelyn became an alternative school as well, the first in the city.

It wasn’t until 1985 that Carleton Preschool had a job opening for me. I knew, following my placement with the centre that this was where I wanted to be. It just felt right. In 1989, the position for director became available. The rest, as they say, is history.

It has been an incredible history for me. I have had the pleasure of knowing so many children and families over the years. And although those children have grown taller and some even have children of their own, it still only feels like yesterday. The full circle effect has begun in recent years too, with the children of children now attending the centre. Where did the time go?

I can’t imagine a more rewarding career: having the opportunity to guide young ones on their early path of learning. Each and every day has given moments of shared laughter. That’s what I’ll remember most: the laughter.

Rainbow Kidschool will always be very special to me. I wish the centre many, many more years of success as it continues to hold an important place in Old Ottawa East.

And so, to quote Dickens again, “It is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.” But he wasn’t referring to Nova Scotia.

Please check our website at www.rainbowkidschool.ca soon for information about a farewell gathering.

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