By SAM CINO
From backpacking in the Grand Canyon and in Alaska, to working at Niagara College for 22 years, to now being a self-published author, Diane McMillan has led an interesting life and has many stories to tell.
She began her tenure here in 1987 as a security guard on the midnight shift. She says she always kept herself busy.
"If you were doing your job properly, you always had something to do and not nod off to sleep. On midnights, only we had the keys to certain areas to let the cleaners in and we locked up after them. Come morning, I had 1,200 doors to open between 6:30 to 7:30, so you had to do it at a bit of a run."
One of her favourite and funnier memories was when a four-inch water pipe in the Simcoe building burst one winter.
"It came down from the second floor inside the wall. Then it filled the fire alarm panel, which also burst, and all the alarms went off. I was walking with the electrician to see what happened and this stream of blue fire shot out from the electrical panel right in front of us. We came to attention pretty fast after that. I’m surprised I kept my hearing," she says, laughing.
"Another time someone smashed the windows at a greenhouse at another building and it took me 45 minutes to get from my house to the building. Some of the tropical plants had already withered and turned black and died. The building manager and I grabbed what available wood and cardboard we could to patch up the hole and save the rest of them."
She also enjoyed working with the Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film students.
"They would be here late some nights signing equipment in and out. It taught them responsibility for what they would have to do while at work."
After five-and-a-half years of midnights, the contracts changed and she was on afternoons for a year, before moving to days for the rest of her career at the college.
"Back when I first started, the college was open every day including Christmas. I would have to be here, and some of the international students didn’t go home, so they were able to talk to their families via the computers. It was nice they could talk to them that way."
One event that still stands out in her mind is the time when a student brought a gun to school. It was later found to be a BB gun.
"That was a worst-case scenario for us. When I started it was a farfetched idea, but it’s becoming more problematic in today’s society."
McMillan says she has had many more memories of her time at Niagara, which "made my life quite exciting."
"Those were my favourite times here. Things have changed for me now, but I am enjoying retirement. I don’t miss my job, but I miss the people I knew."
She says her biggest perk was seeing the transformation in students from children to adults. It was a "great pleasure."
McMillan has published a book of poems, which she started writing when she retired in 2009.
"They just come to me now that I am relaxed and don’t have to stress about things."
The book, titled The Countryside Book of Verse, contains 151 original poems McMillan has written since 2009.
"They’re mainly just trail and hiking poems and about life in general. Some things I have seen, and some that are pure fiction and ‘out there.’"
She says she hopes to have the books available in the college bookstore at the end of January and could possibly have a book signing after that.
"I’m not in this to make money. I just want to cover my expenses and break even. Maybe one day a professor will pick this book up for their class and say, ‘Kids, this is how not to write.’ I would be fine with that," she says.
"I do not consider myself an author. I just write what comes into my head."
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