About W. Diane Van Zwol - 2

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An Earlier Autobiography (Revised)

Wilma Diane Van Zwol (nee Kukkee) was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Canada) on July 23,1945. She is the third oldest of the fourteen children born to Edwin Waldemar Kukkee and Wilma Dorothy Kukkee (nee Danberger).

Diane attended S. S. # 2 Paipoonge Public School. She also attended Selkirk Collegiate and Vocational Institute High School.

Diane graduated from St. Joseph's General Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse, in 1967. Since that time, she has worked as a registered nurse in many different areas of nursing, in southern Ontario and in Thunder Bay.

In 1982, Diane obtained a Counseling Certificate from Mohawk College, in Hamilton, Ontario.

In 1988, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. She continued her education to graduate with an Honours degree, also in Religious Studies, in 1990.

In 1997, she completed a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy, at Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Diane writes love poetry on a wide variety of topics.

She has had poetry published in a number of anthologies, by The International Society of Poets, The National Library of Poetry, Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc. and the Poetry Institute of Canada.

Her works have also appeared in the magazine, 'Home Grown Niagara'. Her poetry has been published on the www.poetry.com web site.

In 1995, Diane attended the International Society of Poets Conference, in Washington, DC. where she was inducted as a 'Distinguished Member' of the International Society of Poets. While in Washington, she also did a poetry reading. Diane sumitted a short piece of poetry, now entitled 'Love',  to 'The World's Largest Poem For Peace.'

Love

I'll put my hand in yours,
And if you don't let go,
We'll be together, forever.

A number of pieces of Diane's poetry have been published on cassette tape, by the International Society of Poets and the National Library of Poetry.

In 1996, she was elected into the International Society of Poets Hall of Fame. She has received a number of awards for her work including 'Editor's Choice' awards from the National Library of Poetry and the Poetry Institute of Canada.

In 1997, she began publishing poetry under the title of Love 2000 AD.

She was included in 'Who's Who in Canadian Grass Roots Poetry', a guide to Canadian poets, in the 1999-2000 edition.

Diane obtained certification as a Professional Web Site Designer and Developer in 2001. She started to publish web sites, poetry and custom poetry on the internet, in conjunction with artwork and photography, under the title 'LOVE 2001 AD'.

She also has a wide variety of other interests including photography, art, music, writing children's literature and cycling.

In the year 2006, Diane was invited to submit poetry to Noble House for publication. She was  honored to become a 'Poetry Ambassador for the United States of America'. She  continued to submit poetry for publication to the International Society of Poets. Poetry was requested for publication by Noble House, in the year 2007 and she was nominated as a 'Poetry Ambassador' for the second time.

Diane continues publishing poetry in anthologies and on the internet, as well nurturing and guiding other poets to do the same.

W. Diane Van Zwol - 1998 - Photos by Austin