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Footprints | Ena Joyce Hanchard - A dedicated educator

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Joyce Hanchard

Best remembered for her caring attitude towards students and community residents, especially those considered to be underprivileged, Ena Joyce Hanchard has left a long-lasting impression on those whose lives were impacted during her time as an educator.

The name Hanchard has long since been a household name in the quiet district of Norwich, in Portland, where she spearheaded the staff at Norwich Primary during her 15-year stint as principal there - a role that saw hundreds of students getting the rare opportunity to get a well-rounded education, irrespective of their colour and social background.

Lifelong friend of the late principal, George Spaulding, recounted some of the years spent witnessing the many sacrifices made by her just to ensure that some students were given a proper bath and provided with a meal.

"Back in the 1970s, she (Hanchard) would provide students with a bar of soap," recounted Spaulding.

"They would also receive toothpaste and a toothbrush. She was a firm believer that children should have a bath at least twice per day. Sometimes she would say to me that more needed to be done for the children, whose parents were just mere peasants and simply could not afford to give them lunch money. She spent a lot of time on a Saturday preparing students for Common Entrance exams, which prevented her from going to the market at times. She was so full of energy, especially around the children," he added.

The dedicated service shown towards educating children during her tenure as principal saw that many of her charges excelled professionally.

Hanchard was born on May 25, 1919 and passed away on November 20, 2016. She spent her retirement years gardening, baking, wine making, and remaining actively involved with teaching by invigilating exams.

Born in Clarendon, one of Hanchard's most cherished moments was visiting England and meeting the Queen's mother.