BY BEN HARTSHORN
We have all heard of the infamous Mr. Walker. He’s the guy who wheels the Chromebook cart down the hallway while shouting, “beep beep!” He’s the guy who becomes your best pal on school trips up north. Mr. Dave Walker has been teaching and coaching at Milton District High School for sixteen years and has led many Outdoor ED trips during his time here—all while building positive relationships with each and every one of his students.
Sadly, our valuable member of the ‘herd’ is leaving this year for a well-deserved retirement and will be greatly missed by all of us here at MDHS. I was given the opportunity to ask Mr. Walker a few questions about his time here and the amazing memories he will take away from it.
Mr. Walker has been teaching for 30 years! Before starting his teaching career at MDHS, Mr. Walker spent his first 14 years at different elementary schools including W.I. Dick, Centennial, and Mckenzie-Smith Bennett. Here at Milton District High School, he has taught courses in Outdoor Education, Geography, History, Careers and Civics, Indigenous Studies, and Living Cultures, all while organizing many outdoor school trips, such as Wilderness North. He has also coached many sports teams, including both Junior and Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball, and has run numerous other extracurriculars.
Mr. Walker has shared many amazing experiences with the students and teachers at this school. Some of his favourite memories include very early staff PD days and his time in the gym coaching. Most of all, he has enjoyed all of the Outdoor ED trips he has taken with his students. These consist of a whopping 28 Algonquin trips, 14 Winter Wanakita trips, 14 Rockwood adventures, zip lining, rock climbing, and mountain biking, all of which he concludes are “simply OUTSTANDING”!
When asked what he would miss most about his experiences inside and outside the halls of MDHS, Mr. Walker says it will clearly be the time he has spent with students at various tournaments, games, outdoor adventures and being part of their achievements, including winning Halton Championships. “I will miss building those amazing relationships with some of the most incredible kids… many who I now call friends”.
Upon being asked to share inspiration, Mr. Walker has gifted us with motivational quotes and life advice to carry with us on our journeys:
- “First you must jump off the cliff, then you can build the wings to fly and find your way down (Believe in yourself)”
- “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going (being uncomfortable is a good thing)”
- “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves (trust in your abilities and be willing to fail to take the next step towards success)”
“Put the phone away, get outside, stay positive and live life large!!
(sound of mike dropping in the background)”
Mr. Walker, we hope you enjoy your last few months here. You will be greatly missed here at MDHS and we wish you good luck in your years of retirement!