Congratulations to our former CEO Jacinta Stewart who was awarded an honorary doctorate by DIT on Saturday 8th October 2016.
CDETB Chairperson Cllr Paddy Bourke hosted a reception in the Mansion House for Jacinta Stewart following a ceremony in DIT on Saturday in which she received an honorary doctorate for her services to education. Former colleagues and board members past and present gathered to celebrate the event. Paddy spoke about his delight in being able to gather this important group of people to pay tribute to the extraordinary contribution that Jacinta had made.
Jacinta spoke about the many changes she had seen throughout her career and paid tribute to the remarkable people who work across Dublin making a real different to the lives of young people and adults across the city. She believes that ETBs, more than any other organisation, are positioned to change lives and that CDETB will continue to do so into the future.
CDETBs new CE Carol Hanney picked up on Jacinta’s description of the organistion as a very vibrant and active octopus with tentacles going down into every part of the city. She spoke about how education never stays still, how we need to continualy change and adapt and how Jacinta epitomised the flexibility and energy necessary to the task.
Dr. Noel O’Connor summarised by describing Jacinta as embodying the two most important principles of our work. ‘We exist to enable people to reach their full educational potential’, and ‘Education is a right not a privilege.’
The event was attended by members of the current and former boards. Former colleagues in attendance represented every part of the organistion including second level, further education and training, adult education, youthreach, youth services, curriculum development and susi. Guests of honour included members of Jacinta’s family, including her mother.