Our CE Carol Hanney retired today amid many socially distant farewells on Teams and Zoom. We are sorry not to be able to have a more normal send-off and pay proper tribute to her sterling career but we hope that day will come soon.
Carol’s journey as an educator started as a teacher in Bailieborough, Co Cavan and then moved to St Thomas Community College/BIFE where she later served as Deputy Principal for two years and then as Principal for nine Years. After that she became CEO of DLVEC, spent two years in the Department of Education and Skills before coming to CDETB as Chief Executive. But she had always worked closely with CDETB. As a young teacher in Bray many years ago she was part of a group that used the CDU material for teaching and also availed of their boots and jackets for orienteering and hill-walking. Over the years, she often visited the CDU unit in Crumlin as we developed curriculum and assessment at second and at FE level.
Today she reflected in her parting words on a CDETB that has continued to grow and progress. Its second level schools are becoming the school of choice in their localities; the FET colleges and Training Centres are very innovative while also remaining solid and steady; adult and community education is highly professionalised and Youthreach continues to adapt to the changing demands of young people; our teachers in the prisons are leaders of prison education in Europe; the Youth Services are embedded in every community in the city and we also work with an extensive network of European partners. Meanwhile SUSI is providing a virtually faultless and timely service to students across the country.
This, Carol told us, is all due to the dedication and professionalism of the entire staff of CDETB whose commitment to public service is evident in the excellent work that they perform on a daily basis.
In her farewells she described this past year as the strangest of her working life. She acknowledged the students of CDETB who are at the centre of everything that we do and how challenging their educational experience has been over the past year. Her hope is that 2021 will see positive changes in their lives.
Carol concluded her goodbyes today by wishing very best wishes to Dr Christy Duffy who will succeed her. Christy has served as CE of Longford Westmeath ETB for the past seven years and has wide experience in the education world. The organisation looks forward to welcoming him at this challenging but very important and exciting time for the city of Dublin and the people we serve.
Below is a little snapshot of Carol’s time with us. We look forward to welcoming her back soon for a proper goodbye.