Edna Hopkins was one of the pioneers of English as a Second Language (ESL) education in Australia.
She first began teaching English to Jewish refugees while still at University in Queensland in 1938. As a young bride in Palestine in 1948, Edna experienced for herself the isolation and frustration of being unable to make herself understood in a new country.
Settling in Canberra in 1960, Edna taught English to newly arrived students at the ANU and in 1968 became Canberra's firs permanent, full-time teacher of English as a second language in schools.
She was active at a local and national level in ESL curriculum development, even after formal retirement in 1978.
Further biographical detail about Edna
Hopkinsis available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.