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Bidding Farewell

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

By Desi Stephens

After 11 years that seemed to pass like weeks, we recently bid farewell to Special Mother Diana Chanchavac, who left our staff for another opportunity in the United States. We thank her for her time and service.

We wish Diana the best as she starts a new chapter in life, and pray that God will continue to bless her efforts.

Founder Heather Radu is excited for Diana, saying that each staff member and child at Dorie’s Promise loves her.

“Her smile always brightened everyone’s day,” Heather says. “She has shared abundant amounts of love and joy with all of us for over 11 years. Diana, you will forever be missed by all of us!”

When Diana came here as a young woman, she had no background or experience in caring for children, except for her Sunday school class at church. Soon after starting, she realized Dorie’s Promise was much different.

“These children needed love, care, attention and many other things,” says Diana, most recently the supervisor of House 5.

“They come from such difficult situations, such as abuse and abandonment. I was just 21 years old when children first started calling me Mom. I felt special when I heard them call me that.”

It is no wonder Diana was loved, since she was an excellent worker with a good attitude and a wonderful person to be around, says Director Alej Diaz.

“She was an example to the other Special Moms what it means to be a good person and share her love with everyone,” Alej says.

Other Special Mothers admired Diana, including her sister Lorena Chanchavac. Lorena says her sister is an example of everything being possible if you do it right and with a positive attitude.

“She always had a smile on her face,” Lorena says. “She was responsible, humble and dedicated to her work. I will miss her a lot, but I know God has a purpose in all things.”

Mahaly Lemus says Diana was not just a supervisor, but a friend who taught her a lot and encouraged her on sad days.

“She is a very special woman,” Mahaly says. “I will always be grateful to her.”

Other staff members learned a lot from Diana. Driver Oscar Merida says she taught him passion for his work and to love everyone,
while cook Dolores Zapata recalls how the two of them often laughed together.

“She taught me, no matter what, always stay positive and give your best,” Dolores says.

Diana parted with a special thanks for the Beazley family, especially Heather and Hanna.

She says it was hard to leave because of her love for the home and our children.

“I will be back,” Diana says. “I don’t know when our paths will cross again—but they will!”