Diane Nailon has been working in early childhood education for over 40 years, specialising in teacher education and working with communities.
Her CV is so comprehensive that upon her appointment to the University of Tasmania in 2009, she had to condense it significantly.
"They don't read anything over 10 pages!"
Ms Nailon is honoured to be receiving an OAM for Services to Early Childhood Education, seeing her work in the space as being part of a greater purpose.
Ms Nailon becomes emotional when she spoke about this purpose, to ensure that "every child has the right to live with possibility."
"That's what I've lived by, that our children have the right to live with possibility"
She credits people who have mentored, walked and "dreamt beside me" as being essential to her work in the field and the longevity of her career.
"Because that's what we need to do, to give our children hope"
After moving to Tasmania 12 years ago, Ms Nailon truly feels like a local and has full faith that the state can be an incredible place for all children.
Currently, Ms Nailon is a PhD candidate and works as a consultant to Northern Children's Network as well as a lecturer at the University of Tasmania.
When asked about plans for the future, Ms Nailon is adamant that she will continue to serve her community and work towards a better future for all children.
"For me, OAM stands for On A Mission. And I figure that my mission stops when I last draw breath," Ms Nailon said.
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