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88. Paula Cairney (LGB 1976)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi, 15 décembre 2014
Paula Cairney1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Three years from 1973-76.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father worked for Union Carbide and was transferred to Geneva.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Anthony Short who opened my mind to the joy of literature and remains an influence 40 years later.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
L’Auberge at Grange Canal – it might as well have been part of the school campus!

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The filets de perches restaurants along the lakeside at Hermance and Corsier Port

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live in London where I work with Ministers at the Ministry of Justice as a policy advisor on issues relating to offender management in the community.  When I travel it’s on house exchanges in other countries where I like to live as part of the community and try on someone else’s life for size. My greatest achievement is raising a questioning, multi-lingual, Ecolint style eurobrat – in London.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
To prepare the next generation for the challenges they face and give them the confidence to engage.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Relish your time in a place that rewards intellectual rigour and tolerance because the rest of the world is not always like that.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
It taught me that difference is something to be celebrated, not feared or suppressed.  I was much influenced by the political debate and as a result have chosen a career centred on social inclusion.



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