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Dominique Thompson, '04
Written by Donald Thompson
If she were physically present today, Dominique, or Nikki as her family called her, would not think that she deserved this acknowledgment. It would not be due to a lack of self-acknowledgement or pride, but rather to her personal belief of how what she accomplished would benefit others.
She survived repeated abuse at an early age that left its effects emotionally at times, but she found success in her studies and the use of her athletic abilities to develop the drive and the Franciscan values (respect, service, compassion, peace, hope joy, integrity, and vision) that those who knew her in high school, afterward, and later at Hilbert College truly admired.
Dominique didn’t begin her time at Hilbert until she was 27 due to economic and family issues that she was determined to correct but in the interim prior to coming to Hilbert she was actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Stop the Violence Coalition, and St. Monica Scholars Girls School among community organizations.
It was at this time in her life where an earlier goal and hopeful career direction took root. She envisioned a personal establishment of a social outlet for troubled minority females with accompanying emotional and social needs. She entered Hilbert and truly found a family environment that helped her to build on her dream. Along the way she enjoyed the competition that the volleyball and basketball teams provided. Humorously younger teammates called her “MOMS” because of her mentoring and mothering habits!
Dominique began her Masters Degree program in Sociology at UB in 2006 to be followed by completing a Doctorate before starting her professional career in social welfare.
However, this beautiful dream goal was not to become a reality as an aneurism in her brain cut her life short 2 months before her 32nd birthday and completion of her Masters Degree.
Yes, she is not physically with us today, but her Franciscan Spirit is still alive to those whom she touched at Hilbert along with countless others in the WNY community.
She will forever be my Hero and Beloved Wife!
- Donald Thompson, Hilbert Alumni Board Vice President
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