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68. Dawn Rodriguez (LGB 1971)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 18 novembre 2014

(Dawn Adams)

Dawn Rodriguez1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Three years – 1965 to 1968 at LGB.

2.  How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?

My father who was in the foreign service, was posted to the Sri Lanka Consulate in Geneva so we moved to Geneva from Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon).

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
There were several. Philip Thomas was my geography teacher and his classes were so interesting and lively. He instilled an interest in other countries and cultures in me. He had a genuine concern for his students and always appreciated the work I did. I also liked Mr Leach, my history teacher whose dramatic presentation made history come alive in the classroom and whose homework assignments taught me to work independently, to think creatively and to think “outside the box”.  Glyn Uzzell was my art teacher and encouraged me to paint. I do watercolours and oils today and have also learnt to paint electronically using my mouse instead of a paintbrush!

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The Greek Theatre, under the shade of the old walnut tree. I loved sitting there on summer days with my friends, chatting. I  also liked the wooded area surrounding the football field. I remember picking sprigs of holly and gathering mistletoe off the trees in winter.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The whole of Geneva was amazing. I enjoyed walks by the lake which was not far from our home. It was so serene and especially picturesque in summer. I also liked the old town with its cobbled streets, little cafes and quaint shops… and the “Theatre de la cour St. Pierre” where Ecolint used to stage its annual opera/operetta .(I was in the choir). I enjoyed shopping at “Grand Passage” and “La Placette”.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Currently, I live in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After completing my Bachelor of Arts degree in English in Sri Lanka in 1978, I had a stint in teaching and lecturing and then moved into marketing and advertising with J. Walter Thompson (JWT). I was the business manager of Sri Lanka’s first private radio station, FM 99. Next, I handled public relations, working for Bates Strategic Alliance. I finally handled corporate communications for  the International Water Management Organization (IWMI), an international research organization, based in Sri Lanka. IWMI had offices across Africa and Asia, so my job involved a certain amount of travel which was great.  I retired from full time employment in 2011, but continue to work as a freelance communications specialist and writer. I married Rex Rodriguez in 1977 and we had two lovely daughters, now grown up and married. One lives in Sri Lanka, the other is in the Shetland Islands, UK. Sadly, my husband died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010, after 33 years of marriage. I have two little grandchildren and enjoy visiting and spending time with them in the Shetland Islands.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Ecolint should continue to produce “world citizens” who have a thorough understanding of global issues and  who can contribute to making an impact in this world. Ecolint should foster a culture that focuses on things that bind people together, The world today tends to focus on differences, which creates radicalism and lack of tolerance.This divides people.We should think as one global family.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?

Make the most of the diverse, all-round educational opportunities at Ecolint. Absorb the international environment and integrate with those of other cultures. It will enrichen you, expand your perspectives and equip you to make a difference in your community.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
The friends I made at Ecolint and the multi-cultural environment helped me to work in harmony with people from other countries.Thanks to my experience at Ecolint, although it was just three years, I have developed as a person and have been able to handle numerous challenges in my work and personal life. In addition, my Ecolint education gave me the ability to appreciate and value life and to go out and make changes where there was a need.



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