While I teach for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, through social media I follow educators from many other Boards, both inside and outside of Canada. I probably communicate the most with people from the Peel Board. It’s for this reason that a few months ago, I started to notice many of the Peel people who I follow using the #daveBstrong hashtag.
I was intrigued. I happen to follow Dave Badovinac on Twitter, but was unaware of his health problems until I started reading the tweets. It was earlier this month that I shared this tweet.
— Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca) September 12, 2018
Now, I wish that I could share with you a great end to this story. This morning though, I woke up to find an Instagram post by Dave’s sister, Laura. Dave passed away yesterday.
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Today I lost my brother and my best friend. I am broken in a million pieces. I am angry, sad and hurt. I want to know why, how does this make sense? Dave never asked that, he said why not me? He never considered himself more important or worthy then anyone else. When he was given devastating news it took him ten minutes to turn to us and say what do you think I can do next? That’s who my brother was, selfless and positive always. I will spend the rest of my days living up to the legacy of being his sister. I wear the title of Dave’s sister as a badge of honour. Our family will step to the plate for his three girls and make sure that they know how much he loved them. I am so grateful for all of the love and support that we have received over the past three months. My mother told me that she long ago accepted that he was not just ours and that he was part of a larger family that she needed to share him with. The amount of people who have shared their affection for Dave has proven her right. The stories and messages have been incredible and have helped us through this challenging time. Thank you for loving Dave. #daveBstrong
This story hit me hard … maybe even more so, for a year ago yesterday, I unexpectedly lost my dad. After reading Laura’s post, I took to Twitter, and was blown away by the stories of love from previous students, colleagues, and friends. Here are just a few.
Such a loss. I can only imagine the comfort he and his family have felt from the #davebstrong friends. Speaks to a legacy most of us can only dream of. One of kindness and caring.
— Brian Woodland (@brian_woodland) September 25, 2018
R.I.P Mr B 💔 even though I went to Applewood for only 1 year back in Grade 9, I won't forget the way you greeted me in the halls and always had a smile on your face.. my condolences to you and your family 🙏🏾🙏🏾 @badovinacd #daveBstrong 💙#bestVP
— jєяєmıѧһ jѧmєs (@JIJAMES23) September 25, 2018
My friend @badovinacd had a way of making all those around him feel like they were important, valued &respected. He was a shining light, a visionary, philosopher &philanthropist. Mostly, he was an amazing friend – who made me laugh &made me better. #daveBstrong ❤️Team Dave pic.twitter.com/D7opLjIMFY
— Lindsay Watson (@Mrs_LRWatson) September 25, 2018
If you ever question just how big a difference an educator can make, read these tweets. Dave, I didn’t know you, but today, I am heading to school thinking, how can I care a little more, smile a little more, support a little more, and do a little more? May we all learn a little something from Dave. Kids deserve it!