When Nadine Heins started teaching
at 18, the students were just about as
old as she was. Now 85, Nadine is still
teaching, and still just as excited to
make lessons come alive, as a volunteer
with the Canadian Museum of History.
A resident of Revera’s Colonel By in
Ottawa, Ont., this grandmother of nine
and great-grandmother of three is a
student of history herself. In one breath,
she talks about the early Viking arrivals
in her hometown of Hereford, England
and the Wars of the Roses. In the next,
Nadine describes spending winter nights
in an air raid shelter as a girl during the
Second World War.
Nadine moved to Canada with her
husband in 1948. Since then, Nadine
studied early childhood education,
taught, ran a pre-school, and had five
children. She has volunteered for the
museum for 35 years.
Nadine was honoured to receive the
Diamond Jubilee Medal (created in 2012
to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years
on the throne) for her contribution to
education. For this lifelong educator and
history buff, her role at the museum is
just as much of an honour. Does she see
it as volunteering, work or learning? “It’s
all of that,” she says happily.
A Teaching Life That Spans
Almost 70 Years
Nadine Heins
received the Diamond
Jubilee Medal for
her contribution to
education. For the
past 35 years, she has
been a volunteer at the
Canadian Museum of