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Following the retirement of Dame Marie Bashir as Governor of NSW, CBCA NSW Branch has been pursuing a new patron.

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Megan Mitchell, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner, as our new patron. Megan was appointed as Commissioner on 25 February 2013.

Her role is to focus on the rights and interests of children and is passionate about making a difference in children’s lives.

We see this as a perfect fit in that CBCA NSW Branch believes strongly in the right of each child to have access to quality literature; for each child to come to love books and to pursue knowledge; and for each child to understand reading can develop empathy for characters and situations diverse from their own.

Megan has extensive experience in issues facing children and young people, having worked with children from all types of backgrounds, including undertaking significant work with vulnerable children. She has practical expertise in child protection, foster and kinship care, juvenile justice, children’s services, child care, disabilities, and early intervention and prevention services.

In her role as Commissioner, Megan focuses solely on the rights and interests of children, and the laws, policies and programs that impact on them. In 2014, Megan presented her statutory report on children’s rights to the Federal Parliament, in which she examined intentional self-harm, with or without suicidal intent, in children and young people under 18 years old. This year, the 2015 statutory report will examine the impact of family and domestic violence on children.

As you have read, Megan’s role as Commissioner deals with difficult issues.

We thank her for accepting the position as patron of CBCA NSW Branch and look forward to introducing her to our members.