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.
I don’t know the whole #davebstrong story, but I’m so inspired by the tweets here. A huge group of people cheering on and supporting an amazing educator/administrator. #allthefeels
— 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.
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!