Dr. Diane Kashin, Retired ECS Professor and Author has tragically died

The world of early childhood education is mourning the loss of a well-known figure, Dr. Diane Kashin. Renowned for her passion and commitment to the field, Dr. Kashin’s passing on January 1, 2024, has left a void in the community she so passionately served.

Who was Diane Kashin?

Diane Kashin was not simply an author and retired ECE professor; she was a beacon of knowledge and inspiration in the field of early childhood education. A registered educator in Ontario, Canada, Kashin’s work extended beyond the classroom, influencing the practices of countless educators and impacting the lives of numerous children.

Diane Kashin Career

Dr. Diane Kashin held an illustrious career in early childhood education. She received a Bachelor of Honours Degree from York University, an Early Childhood Education Diploma from Seneca College, and a Master of Education and Doctorate Degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Kashin taught early childhood education at both degree and diploma levels. After retiring from teaching, she continued to contribute to the field as a consultant and workshop/webinar presenter. Kashin co-authored three ECE textbooks and was working on a book for Redleaf Press on professional friendships in ECE at the time of her passing.

Beyond writing, Kashin was also an active participant in professional learning communities, regularly engaging with others in her field via social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

How Did Diane Kashin Die?

Diane Kashin passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. The news of her passing was shared by her husband in a heartfelt social media post.

Lisa Burman

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It’s taken me a day to be able to share this post. My dear friend and colleague Diane Kashin passed away yesterday. I can’t quite believe it. Only a few months ago we were talking about planning her return trip to Adelaide with our other dear friend Cindy Green. I first connected with Diane in about 2012 and soon was able to encourage her to visit Adelaide. She and Cindy formed a strong bond with our city and the ECE community here. That first trip began a series of SA educators visiting Canada and Diane and Cindy returning a few years later. Diane was a true early childhood champion. She believed in children and a childhood of joy and meaning. She also believed in teaching in ways that provided the same for educators. She didn’t shy away from the difficult conversations if it was about honouring the child-educator relationship. She was smart, wise and so very kind. She was generous and welcoming. One of my most treasured memories, is her preparing a traditional Jewish meal for Mimi Hayward and me in her home in Canada. She was proud of her culture and so proud of her family. I learnt so much from and with her. I can’t believe I’m using the past tense. Diane had so much more to share with us. My thoughts are with her precious family and friends. Especially Cindy, whom Diane collaborated with so many times. Here we are in Niagara Falls, Canada, talking about ECE even in this stunning location! And a rainbow to remember you, my friend.

What was the Cause of Diane Kashin Death?

The exact cause of Diane Kashin’s death has not been publicly disclosed, but it is known that she passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones.

Diane Kashin Obituary

We remember Dr. Diane Kashin as a passionate advocate for early childhood education, a dedicated educator, and a respected author. Her untimely departure has left an indelible mark on the ECE community, but her legacy will continue to inspire and guide future generations of educators.

Manitoba NatureSummit

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Diane Kashin was our keynote speaker in 2016. She’s one of the only people who could pull off an experiential, emergent keynote for 125 people. She was a force of nature in all the ways. She was also one of our first social media friends and author of all our fave ELCC textbooks. Our work was parallel to hers in being rooted in early learning and the outdoors and her influence in these worlds will be greatly missed. However, when we look around we choose to see a garden of seeds that Diane planted that is thriving and actively creating better environments in which educators and children can grow and thrive and that comforts us. Thank you for sharing your star stuff with us Diane. We will honour you by continuing your work and tending the garden. Love always, the Manitoba Nature Summit team

Our deepest condolences go out to Dr. Kashin’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. Her memory will live on in the countless lives she touched throughout her career.

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