Diane Tokarz Michiels

Profile Updated: January 29, 2019
Where do you live now? Langton, ON Canada
Are you married, single,? Married to my best friend John
Do you have children? If so how many. Tell us about them. Daughter Lisa, born 1971, Brian, born 1977
Four Grandchildren, Logan and Jaden, B/G Twins Age 17 More…,Trinity Age 14, Madison Age 9
What do you do for a living? Or are you lucky enough to be retired? Retired but not tired.
Do you like the idea of our NDHS web site? I should
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Do you have any memories of your high school years? Tell us!

Oh my gosh, any one specific memory of my high school years? I'm going to chalk this up to a senior moment:). However I don't recall very many days that I didn't look forward to high school. I do remember that I had many friends, and I think that was because we all started out in the old public school and we remained friends all thru junior and senior high. I loved gym classes, all sports in general, although, as Dale Denison pointed out at our first committee meeting, those things were god awful ugly. Like if they threw us off a plane we would graceful parachute to the ground. They were the traditional blue color of our school but definitely not for the fashion conscious. I was a member of the Senior Basketball and Volleyball teams. Miss Hill was our coach, not only for basketball, but volleyball as well. She was very nice to us, and even though we didn't win very many games, she was a great coach and we had fun travelling, (of course we did,) we could skip our classes. Some of my favorite teachers were Mr. & Mrs. Beecroft, Mr. Strachan, and Miss Magyar.My least favorite thing, "Shephard's Pie"! Once a week, I've forgotten which day it was served, either a Monday or Friday. Yuk, I shudder at the thought. I must have had a bad experience with eating it one day, and that stays vivid in my memory. I'm certain the recipe has improved over the years, and some of you may love it, but I'll pass on this one. I've taken a couple of trips down memory lane. Once was last summer, when I took my grandchildren to Norwich, just to show them where Nanny lived, played baseball at the park(now a playground), the United Church were I sang in the choir(don't laugh, I could actually hold a tune back then):), to where I attended Public School(now replaced with the new one) and finally our High School. It was a day they enjoyed as much as I did. So many changes, the gym, now the library, the new addition and gym which is absolutely beautiful and second to none in comparison to other schools, but 2 things have remained just as they were in the 60's. The cafeteria and the girl's washroom beside it. LOL. For those of us who may have forgotten so much, just wait until our reunion." MEMORIES"__There's a place within our hearts
Where we keep our favorite memories,
The ones that never fail to make us smile ---
And when life becomes too hectic
It's such a special feeling
To close our eyes and reminisce awhile.

Are you looking forward to the reunion?

I am honoured to be Chair of our final high school reunion. What a great opportunity to get together with our school friends and teachers. It is with mixed feelings that we will all share in this reunion but let's make it one to remember forever. We hope to keep this school site up indefinitely. That way, with a click of your mouse we can all stay in touch. Don't be shy and share some of your memories with all of us.
After graduating, I went to hairdressing school in Brantford. I married my best friend in 1967, we purchased the home tobacco farm from his parents and grew the crop until 2004. I worked for the Township of Norfolk as secretary for 4 years. I then took the Real Estate course and started my career of 13 years with DeGeyter R.E. in Delhi. I enjoyed it very much. Then, along came my new grandchildren and I decided I'd had enough working weekends, open houses, running back and forth to Delhi every day. I needed to spend more time with them. Once they were in JK, I was offered a position with the Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board. My dream job! Part time, sometimes more depending on the EO's schedule. When will I call it quits? I never think that far ahead. One day at a time, that's my motto.

Do you still have family around Norwich?

Yes I have an Uncle and cousin.

How often do you get back to Norwich?

More often now that the reunion is over. I've made so many new friends and we go out, play euchre and do what women do, yack:)

What do you do now?

I'm officially retired (not tired yet), and am volunteering at the school helping with reading and math.

How did you get into that line of work?

Love kids!

What did you always want to do that you haven't done yet?

Go out west to Vancouver.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Walk, birding and travelling.

How old do you feel?

Ask me once a day, it varies.:)

Any grey hair yet? Women don't have to honestly answer this one:)

My hair has been colored ever since my friend and I decided to streak our hair with javex. Long as I can cover up my grey, you won't see it, ever. No, I'm not a true blonde:)

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I love people and can talk to anyone. I am NOT good saying a speech in front of a crowd. Just look at the end of our school video).

Did you have any nicknames in school?


Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at NDHS?

Absolutely nothing. They were the best years of my youth.

Favorite Drinks?

Caesar's, Strawberry and and Banana Daquiris. Especially on our trips to the islands.

Favorite sports?

Hockey and baseball.

Favorite Food?

Shrimp, Lobster, more shrimp and more Lobster. I should live on the east coast where it's plentiful:)

Favorite Movies?

Gone with the Wind
The Titanic

Favorite Music?

Nothing like good old Rock n Roll! Some country if it's modern

Famous or interesting people you've met?

Wayne Gretzky and his dad Walter.
There are lots of interesting people I've met and my Babchi who told me all about her life in Poland.

Cool things you've done in your life?

Chairing our final reunion was definitely cool.
Climbed to the top of the Sand Hills for the past few years with my grandkids. I do believe I'll take the easy way up this year. The thing is HIGH!

Any words of wisdom?

Treat others as you would want to be treated.
Don't judge anyone by the way they look. The majority of the time when you get to know them, they are genuine and caring.
Family always come first above anything.

Ever gone on a blind date?


Ever helped a stranger?

Many times and it makes you realize how blessed you are that you have so much while others have so little.

Did you ever skip school?

Uh, that would be a Yes.

Ever been lost?

Hello!! I'm always lost. Thank God for GPS.

Swam in the ocean? And where?

Yes, In Europe, Mexico and the Bahamas.

Cried yourself to sleep?

Many, many times. My family said that if they still had criers at funerals like the old days, I would be their #1 favorite, lol.

Ever sang Karaoke?

No but I plan on it. My cousin owns a popular bar and Karaoke is on their venue. I'm practising:)

Done something you told yourself you wouldn't?

Went on the big roller coaster at Wonderland. Didn't you hear me scream?

Made prank phone calls?


Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose?

Many times cause I laugh a lot.

Danced your heart out?

Every chance I get.

Been kissed under the mistletoe?

A couple of times. Do they still use mistletoe?

Watched the sunrise with someone?

My husband in Mexico. They have the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets there.

Blown bubbles?

I have 4 grandkids. Who doesn't love blowing bubbles?

Been skinny dipping?

Yes I have. Enough said lol

Sat outside in the rain?

When it's warm there is nothing more relaxing then a soft rain, on the patio with a glass of anything that is cold;)

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Feb 08, 2019 at 2:41 AM

Hi Linda. I loved reading your bio. Sounds like you've had a fascinating life. So happy for you. Grandchildren definitely keep you young :)

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Hey Diane, you are a wonderful person. Keeping the memories alive!! Wonderful. I am celebrating 40 years of my medical class of '77 end of this month.
When will the next celebration of our '69 class be happening, thanks. Phil klemka@shaw.ca

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Apr 02, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Happy Birthday Daniel. Hope you have a great one

Nov 19, 2016 at 4:33 AM
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Happy Birthday Elizabeth. You live so close to me. I'm just a mile north of the Sand Hills. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

Mar 13, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Happy Birthday Joyce! Have a wonderful celebration and wishing you many, many more!

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Apr 13, 2015 at 11:34 PM

Hi all NDHS Final Reunion Alumni! I've launched our website on Facebook . Nothing has changed and your profile is private just as on our website. User name and password is the same. You don't have to worry. Nobody other than those that are registered on our website can get your e-mail or see any of your information. Please pass this along to everyone. I will be working to inform as many of you as I can. Of course those that don't use Facebook will not be able to see anything, but they still have the website. We are no longer paying, so you will see some advertising. A small price to pay. If you have any thoughts, just send me an e-mail or you can post it right here. Enjoy everyone!!

Jan 20, 2015 at 2:24 AM

Although you recently advised the NDHS website is shutting down I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank you for your past efforts.

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