I really like being connected to my community, and volunteering gives me the opportunity to do that. I love meeting new people, and I feel good when I know I’m making a difference in the lives of others. Every little bit of help that organizations get can mean a big difference in the lives of others. I’ve learned a lot of new skills through volunteering, made a lot of great friends, and have enjoyed the challenges that have come along with it.
Diane has lived with Epilepsy for most of her life and has members of her own family that are affected by it. Diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in the prime of her life, she understands the challenges that people and their families may have.
Diane joined the Board of Directors in 2016. Passionate about supporting fellow members of her community who also live with Epilepsy, she was thrilled to be appointed President of Epilepsy Simcoe County (ESC) in June of 2017. It is Diane’s mission to continue to advocate for the needs of those affected by the disease, to raise awareness and reduce stigma, and find ways to work with her community to help provide and improve local access to proper medical testing, treatment, and information.
Diane FitzGerald completed a Bachelor of Arts and the Quebec Professional Education Program (Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 1990). She is a graduate of the CAIS Leadership Institute (2014). In addition to her role as Board Chair of ESC, Diane is the Director of Academics and School Life at Kempenfelt Bay School and has been an educator for 28 years. Diane has acquired extensive experience both in the independent and public school systems over the course of her years as an educator. She began her teaching career with the Peel Board of Education as a French Immersion teacher in 1992, directed and taught at Au Jardin Du Soleil, in Barrie, Ontario (1997), later moving to the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. Diane has extensive experience and training in differentiated instruction, curriculum design, and staff development, and has taught at all elementary grade levels.
Diane is an essential part of Epilepsy Simcoe County, and we are a better organization with her on our team. We could not do it without her.