Dee Van Ro­e­van

Myrtleford Times - - News -

How long have you lived in Myrtle­ford?

A long time, since I was three. I moved twice but have come back on both oc­ca­sions. How long did the moves last? First time I was gone for two and a half years, the sec­ond time about one.

What did you miss about it while you were gone?

The peo­ple, I like the com­mu­nity feel, ev­ery­where you go there’s nowhere like home. What’s your job? I’m an in­te­gra­tion aid at Myrtle­ford P-12 Col­lege and I do ad­min­is­tra­tion work for TDA Per­form­ing Arts in Myrtle­ford. I’m also the man­ager of PACS Op Shop.

What do you en­joy most about your jobs?

Help­ing peo­ple, all of my jobs in­volve help­ing peo­ple. That’s what I like, that’s what I get a kick out of.

How long have you been an in­te­gra­tion aid? 10 years which is pretty ex­cit­ing. How did that come about? Work­ing in the school can­teen, I bought the school can­teen and see­ing the amount of kids who couldn’t make change I thought th­ese kids need some ex­tra help so I went to school and stud­ied a Cer­tifi­cate III in Ed­u­ca­tion.

And how long has the Op Shop been open for now?

It opened in Fe­bru­ary, I had it as a dream for 20 years and am now lov­ing it. It’s rais­ing money for re­gional kids who are in the per­form­ing arts not just danc­ing.

How long have you been in­volved with per­form­ing arts?

12 years, it started off with my daugh­ter but she is out of it now.

What is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue that Myrtle­ford faces?

Hous­ing prices. At the mo­ment it’s hard for peo­ple who aren’t on huge in­comes to live which is why we have three Op Shops in town. We need more jobs and places that of­fer jobs and that will in­crease the me­dian in­come.

If you could bring any­one to Myrtle­ford who would it be and what would you show them?

I would bring as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble and they can bring some money with them and in­ject some cash, ev­ery­one we bring here loves it.

What are some of the things they could do?

Send them out to Lake Buf­falo and some of the walk­ing trails to en­joy the scenery, it’s beau­ti­ful.

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