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Awarded for service to Community
Born: 3 April 1953
Entered on roll: 2015
Giving children a good start to life has been a priority for Ros Cornish, the Chief Executive Officer of Lady Gowrie Tasmania.
Ros has been a respected member of government and non-government committees to ensure children’s rights are at the forefront of government policy. She has lobbied on the importance of quality early childhood education and care services and actively advocated for improved wages and conditions for education and care professionals within her own workplace and on a national scale.
In 2012, Ros was the first Tasmanian to be elected National President of Early Childhood Australia after serving on the Board of Directors for 16 years, including terms as Treasurer and Deputy President.
Ros volunteers as the Deputy President of Kidsafe Tasmania, which advocates for the health, safety and wellbeing of young children by developing resources to raise awareness of potential childhood injuries. In this role Ros has overseen partnerships with Royal Life Saving Australia about water safety, and the RACT, which undertakes car seat safety checks for families at Tasmanian childcare centres.
Ros has taken a leadership role in a Risdon Prison project to support inmates maintain relationships with their children. This involved upgrading the visitation centre to make it a more appropriate environment for young children to interact with their parent. Ros also developed an online training program for Prison Officers to support their understanding of the importance of attachment and relationships between parents and young children. This resource is now used as part of orientation and induction procedures.
Ros has been appointed to the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Education Professional Experience Advisory Group. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and was awarded the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Professional Leader of the Year in 2009.