Member Spotlight: Donna Veenstra –  A Passion for Learning

Member Spotlight: Donna Veenstra – A Passion for Learning

Posted by Edifide Office, Category: Member Spotlight,
Growing in a common purpose.

I was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario. My parents, John and Barb Slotegraaf, were lifelong supporters of Christian education and instilled in their children the desire to seek out where God wanted each of us to serve. I graduated from Cambridge Christian School and then from Woodland Christian High School. I graduated from Calvin College with a BA in English and a minor in French. A passion for learning motivated me to become a teacher and that passion still motivates me to learn and grow with my students. My teaching career started at Hamilton District Christian High School where I learned the joys and challenges of being a first-year teacher. After getting married in 1990, I moved to Barrie and started teaching grade seven and eight at Orillia Christian School. Anyone who has taught this age level knows these years are full of changes for students, and I have loved being on that journey of change with the children entrusted to me in the classroom. I have worked to stay current in educational trends by taking courses, and I have completed Guidance Part 1 and 2 with York University. This past summer I also had the opportunity to attend the ELDI session held at Geneva Park in Orillia. On a personal note, I am married to Martin, a self-employed contractor. We have four children: Victoria is studying history at Trent University, Peterborough, in hopes of becoming a museum coordinator; Zac is in grade eleven at Unity Christian High; Derek is in grade nine; and Aaron will finish grade eight this year.

As a family we enjoy participating in various sports together, camping, and boating in this wonderful part of God’s created world. If I can find some alone time, I love nothing better than to curl up on the couch with a good novel. As a board member for Edifide, I also serve on the coordinating committee, which is a joint committee with OACS. There are four members representing Edifide and four members representing OACS. Our overall task is to address any issues that affect both organizations. At present we are reviewing things like the Contract Partnership Committee Manual, the Personnel Manual, and the Compensation Report. It is exciting to see how we as Christian schoolteachers can work together with the Ontario Alliance to streamline services and grow together in our common purposes.