Patricia Hanna – ECIA Board ‘getting to know you’

1. Favourite book, film, quote and song?
Book: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. It’s a story set on the Newfoundland Coast in North America. It is a story of challenges and triumphs focussed on a character and his family, friends and colleagues.
Film: So many! Muriel’s Wedding is on the top 10  list
Quote: “Make wise choices”. A dear friend who died too young. She was a source of unconditional regard, guidance and strength and her favourite phrase was ‘make a wise choice’ – as opposed to an impulsive, reactive choice.
Song: I am enjoying listening to the posthumous album of Gurrumul Yunupingu “Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)”. 

2. Who inspires you and why?
So many people inspire me. My mother who at 94 has the wisdom to reflect on and challenge her own beliefs about homosexuality, racism, refugees. How lucky am I to have her in my life!

3. What drew you to work in the early childhood intervention sector? 
I have always had an interest in young children who faced learning challenges. Throughout my studies as an early childhood teacher, I always wanted to work with children who had a disability. When I finished my studies I rang the Shepherd Centre and asked them if I could work there. I can't recall the person to whom I spoke but they very kindly thanked me for my enthusiasm and suggested that I spend some time working with a diverse range of children so that I could have a solid grounding in understanding how children develop and learn. While disappointed at the time, I now consider this was very sage advice. 

4. What motivated you to nominate for the ECIA Board?
I have been a member of ECIA since 2002 – specifically NSW. I became a member of the National Committee in 2011 and have continued to support a national view of support to the ECI sector during that time. I believe that my skills and experience as a Director of ECIA; my core focus on delivering the very best outcomes for children and their families; and the significant relationships with key stakeholders that I enjoy will continue to be an asset to ECIA - and importantly, that I can continue to provide opportunities for ECIA to expand, develop and achieve its vision.

5. What is your vision for the early childhood intervention sector into the future?    
No wrong door for access to contemporary, evidenced, quality, affordable ECI.