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Friday, January 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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HPD Volunteer Extraordinaire---Diane Cadonau

Hillsboro resident Diane Cadonau volunteered at a rape crisis center for 12 years, assisting rape victims at the hospital, interacting with police officers and hoping to help victims find justice. She was tired, drained, and decided to give it up. 
Not long afterward, after realizing she wasn’t happy unless she was giving something to the community, she saw an advertisement in the Hillsboro Argus about a new volunteer program opening at the Hillsboro Police Department.  In 1994, she became one of the first volunteer mediators in the Hillsboro Mediation Program.
In September of 2017, she retired from volunteering with HPD and was honored at a reception where gratitude and congratulations were the high point of the evening.
Diane was the most active volunteer in the history of the Mediation program. She not only mediated disputes, she answered phones, returned calls, and did case management. There were times where the program was between directors and Diane kept the program running and moving forward.
She was the consummate mediator with a demeanor well suited to providing a forum for people to air their differences and come up with options for solutions. Diane was always calm, steady and imperturbable.  But, there was one mediation where she was so angry with one of the disputants that she never said a word during the whole mediation. She said the other mediator kept looking at her and hoping she’d jump into the conversation but she was afraid she’d explode so she opted to say nothing. Her wisdom and self-control were legendary…as exemplified in this mediation.
In 2005, she also became a Domestic Violence Response Team volunteer at HPD. A volunteer on this team takes on-call shifts where they are called out to the scene of domestic violence incidents and they provide support and resources to the victims. They assist officers at the scene of some of the most emotionally gut wrenching situations which often also involve children.  Diane was instrumental in getting program up and running. She provided support until a full time director was hired. She covered many long shifts until more volunteers came on board.
Diane volunteered so much at Hillsboro Police that some full time employees thought SHE was a full time employee.  Much of the time she volunteered, she was also holding down a full time, paying job.  And when she was laid off from that job, she said that volunteering is what kept her going.
Several years ago, Diane had some health issues which resulted in her moving into a living situation in Beaverton. Despite these issues, she continued to provide assistance to both the Mediation and DVRT programs thru phone calls and computer work.
Volunteer Diane Cadonau will never be replaced. Her legacy of giving will continue to live on in the lives of those she touched with her kind words and the time she gave to her community.
“Thank you, Diane” seems so insignificant for what you’ve given but we will be forever grateful. 


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