Ohana means Family
No doubt you will have been greeted at some point by our lovely, welcoming receptionist, Diane.
Diane is a devoted mother of three and a kinship carer for her niece and nephew, and if that wasn’t already a handful, the family also have a Cocker Spaniel cross Collie!
Diane has grown up and lived in Edinburgh all her life, attending Craigroyston High School until she moved out at 17.
Leaving school, Diane never knew what she wanted to do for a career, she just wanted a lifestyle where she could have fun and enjoy herself. “Take life as it comes; what happens, happens – what it will be, it will be”. Her original plan was to have kids by 40 and now she’s about to be married and has 5 kids.
Diane went through a wild streak, taking advantage of the legendary nightlife that Edinburgh once offered. With the old clubs such as Cav, Revolution and Mood, Diane managed to sneak in to hear the ‘cheesy, clubland and old school’ music.
Despite having been to Greece, Diane would still prefer to visit Blackpool as it’s her favourite place. Mark, her fiance, grew up going to Blackpool for holidays and it seems like the tradition has been passed down as the kids now love it too.
Diane has found herself in a variety of roles over the years from working in office based temp jobs, housekeeping at the Sheraton, a Vodafone call assistant, Standard Life data processor, a casino bartender and receptionist. While feeling most comfortable in a receptionist position the casino offered, the hours were too unsociable and wanted more time with her children, leading her to finding the Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue. Diane has been here since September 2016, 2 and a half years! Once she joined she realised how much better it is working in a small and close team where she was given a range of responsibilities and freedom.
Not only is Diane the company’s receptionist, she is also accredited to her charitable fundraising initiatives. Since joining, she has managed to help raise more money than previous years. Diane has led charity events that have raised £500 for both breast cancer and dementia. As part of our charity initiative, the Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue provide a contribution that matches all the money that has been raised.
Last year her and her daughter, Katie, walked 15.5 miles in the Kilt Walk to raise money for Dementia UK in support of her Nana and Granny who are both affected by it. Diane plans to do the Kilt Walk again next year and at some point in the future would love to abseil down the Forth Rail Bridge to raise money.
Diane has also helped organised Pink Week in the office which raised funds for breast cancer. The entire team had to wear something pink for a week and each walk 12 miles within the week to total 500 miles. Local businesses donated prizes for a raffle, and to incentivise the team, one company offered the person that walked the furthest a free massage!!
You will never meet anyone as kind and considerate as Diane. She puts her family first and will do everything in her power to give them the absolute best. 5 years ago, her fiance Mark, proposed, however she decided to postpone her wedding to take care of her niece and nephew and for them to settle in.
Diane spends her weekends watching her 5 kids play football, having family-wide board games and enjoying their time together as a family.
With the whole family being so involved with football, Diane has decided to hold a rather unique wedding, sporting a Hibs theme, the groomsmen will be wearing Hibs tartan and all guests are encouraged to wear green, just not maroon… All five of the kids have asked to play a part in the wedding; Katie will be a bridesmaid, Kaci a flower girl, Kyle and Ryan as page boys and Declan as the ring bearer!
She is a model Mum, Aunt, and a fantastic member of the Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue.
Katie and Diane before their 15 mile kilt walk!
Meet Mum and Dad
Kaci, Kyle, Ryan, Diane, Katie, Declan
Diane and her brother
Nana, Diane, Granny