This April Early Connections Port Macquarie Hastings farewells our wonderful Manager Beth Todd. Beth has worked for the organisation for an incredible 18 years. Beth started working for Hastings Early Intervention Program as a speech pathologist and has managed Early Connections Port Macquarie Hastings for over ten years. 

With the introduction of the NDIS on the Mid North Coast the Hastings Early Intervention Program joined services in Taree, Coffs Coast and Kempsey to create a connected Alliance to support families across the region. 

Reflecting on Beth’s leadership, Senior Occupational Therapist Tenneal captures the collective sentiments of the team:

“Beth was the rarest of people- those special people we are lucky to meet in our lives.
– Beth created a workplace that felt safe and inspiring for her staff. She created a family of staff where every person felt seen, respected and acknowledged. Beth has a way to make every person feel special, both clients and staff alike!
– Beth was inspired and driven to do the best for children and families above all. She never stopped trying to find ways to make the service exceptional. Beth knew every family and took time to know more than just the diagnosis or funding model- she knew about a family and was sensitive to what they needed.
– The culture of care and collaboration and family focus that is central to Early Connections was innate to Beth and that will be her legacy at Early Connections.”

Beth was instrumental in supporting the leadership of the Alliance including the creation of a new brand identity and the ongoing governance of a trusted not for profit organisation. Early Connections Alliance acknowledges and thanks Beth for her leadership, support of the Alliance and commitment to the Early Childhood Intervention Sector (ECI).

Beth was a Board Member for Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) and has guided the team through many sector changes as well as navigating the challenges during COVID-19.

A huge thank you Beth for making a difference for hundreds of local families and supporting a team of up to twenty allied health professionals making a positive impact every day. 

From all of us at Early Connections, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Beth for her years of service, leadership, and dedication. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.