Dave Driedger



Career thumbnail: Public school teacher; Public librarian and manager; Retired since 2007.

Family: Married to Olga for 51 years; four children; five grandchildren.

Education background/Credentials:

Diploma, Bethel Bible Institute, 1962; B. Ed Sec. UBC 1978; BC Licensed Real Estate Sales course, 1979; MLS (Library) UBC,1988.

Experience: 13 years in teaching (K-12), 27 years as a regional library branch librarian, manager, planner, and project coordinator (Thompson-Nicola Library System, and Vancouver Island Regional Library), interspersed with two years as a book wholesale repr., 14 months education leave, and several attempts at early retirement leading to part time sales, farmers market vending, and a happy temporary return to librarianship.

Focus on Oaklands Community Association:

The OCA addresses a range of issues important to us: farmers markets, community gardens, green spaces, inter-generational activities, building a safe and affordable community, and making social connections.

A number of factors led me to stand for a board position at OCA this year. My wife Olga and I found that the OCA gave us opportunities to connect to the Oaklands community when we moved here 15 months ago:

·         Kindergarten and out-of-school care for our grandson.

·         Monthly community suppers where we met people informally.

·         Volunteer opportunities: at the market for me, and after school care for Olga helping children sew Teddy Bears.

·         We ended up liking and respecting the OCA staff and volunteers that we met, and enjoyed becoming part of the community.

Now it's time for me to dream big dreams, and to work towards realistic goals.

Inspiration provided by quotes: a short course in the wisdom of others:

One of my favourites about community building is provided by Wendell Berry, an American poet. His ideas seem relevant to our experience in Oaklands.

community ... answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members – among them the need to need one another.”

This quote relates to OCA's impact on helping us feel a sense of community very quickly after our arrival. With the support of other members of our Oaklands community I hope the 2017-18 Board can continue to help define, develop and evolve a 'community' experience for residents in Oaklands