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52. Ilona Tar (LGB 1991)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi, 27 octobre 2014
Ilona Tar

1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Ten years (1981 - 1991).

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My Dad’s job at the ITU (International Telecommunications Union, part of the UN).

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Mrs Williamson. I was fortunate enough be in her class a few times throughout high school. As a teacher, she inspired me to love English literature, and as a person she inspired me to educate myself on human rights issues through the lunchtime Amnesty International sessions she held (in her free time). Mrs Williamson was (and surely still is) intelligent, inspirational, kind and also pretty darn cool. So many others inspired me. Miss Best, Mr Carter, M. Borry (he was Belge – not sure how to spell his name – certainly not to be confused with M. Borle!), Mr Short, M. Dorsay, Mrs Jorgensen, Mr Orange – the list goes on.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The outside window ledge of The Caf. Sunshine and happiness.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The Auberge de la Poste, aka The Aub. It was like a lounge room full of friends, smoke and that grumpy bastard, Jesus – a love-hate relationship.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
After a successful career in architecture and marketing, I now illustrate children’s books and run a small publishing company. Browse through some of my work at

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Keeping up with changes in technology and how it shapes education, business and life generally.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Be cognisant of the privileges you enjoy, realise that not everyone has the same opportunities as you, be compassionate, and commit to making a difference in this world somehow.  

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
The way we were taught to question things by teachers who were passionate and inspirational. It’s inspired me to keep learning and evolving as a human being.



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