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ECIA CEO Announcement – Yvonne Keane

Following a careful recruitment process the Board of Early Childhood Intervention Australia Ltd is pleased to announce they have appointed Yvonne Keane as Chief Executive Officer.

 

Yvonne brings extensive experience to all aspects of the role, having founded charitable organisations and served on the Boards of the Endeavour Foundation, Run for the Hills and Local Government NSW.

 

She founded Hear the Children Early Intervention Centre in 2009, which provides life-changing early intervention to babies and pre-schoolers with a hearing impairment. Yvonne then established Reach for the Rainbow to raise funds for underfunded early intervention services.

 

Yvonne mentioned how a lived-experience gave her real insight into early intervention.

 

“As a mother of a child with a hearing-impairment, I know first-hand just how transformative, and life-changing, best-practice and consistent early intervention can be. 

Every child with a disability or a delay should have the opportunity of equitable access to high-quality services in their formative preschool years. Intervention services, from the earliest age, can open up new and wonderful possibilities for children. I’ve seen it happen with my own son, Asher - who is now 9, attends a mainstream school and speaks better than I do. Without early intervention this possibility would likely have been out of his reach."

Yvonne’s outstanding contribution has been recognised with awards from her local community, the New South Wales government and the United Nations.

Yvonne has been involved in local and federal politics and was elected as a councillor on The Hills Shire Council in 2012, and elected Mayor by her peers in 2016.

 

To add to Yvonne’s extensive experiences, she is an award winning TV producer, and has worked as a TV presenter and magazine columnist. You may remember her as ‘The Pocket Rocket’ on channel 7’s Hot Property program!!

 

ECIA Board Chair, Trish Hanna, has noted that the energy and enthusiasm and skills that Yvonne will bring to the newly formed national organisation is exactly the right fit for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

 

Excited by the appointment, Yvonne said.

 

 “…it is with enormous gratitude, purpose and excitement that I take on the extraordinary and challenging role of CEO. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Board, the team at ECIA and our members, to lift the voice and capacity of early intervention across Australia. Together we can continue to transform little lives, opening each child up to a new world of possibility.”

 

 

 

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