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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 2010) . . Page.. 3449 ..

Sandra joined the public service in 1973 as a secondary school teacher. She worked at Hawker college, Campbell high, in Melbourne and in New Zealand. She worked as a secondary school teacher until 1985. From 1986 to March 1989, she was executive officer at Hawker college, ACT. From April 1989 to January 1990, she was employed by the Department of Education and the Arts, where she stayed in various roles before going back, from 1991 to 1995, as the principal of Hawker college. She then moved back into the Department of Education and Community Services, as it was then known, for a number of years, until 1999, when she moved to the Chief Minister’s Department, where she stayed until June 2002, when she was appointed to the position of inaugural Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services.

Sandra was known in the public service as a very strong leader. I had the pleasure of working with her for a number of years, over the last 10 years, and I have always found her to be one of the best public service servants the ACT has had. Her leaving DHCS will create a big gap but she has also put a lot of effort into mentoring the next generation of public servants. I know the department is in good hands. But I would like to acknowledge her very strong level of communication and contribution to the ACT public service, because it is public servants like Sandra that build this service for everybody else.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.13 pm.

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