Beaudesert Library farewells beloved language star as education career beckons

SIGN: Llinos Hanson has a new job in education. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
SIGN: Llinos Hanson has a new job in education. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT Library’s language star Llinos Hanson ready to pursue her passion for language and is moving on to a new career after working at Beaudesert Library for three years.

Today her colleagues will farewell the enthusiastic Welshwoman who has been delighting visitors with her lovely accent and bringing the joy of storytelling to children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Ms Hanson said Welsh was her first language and she is also fluent in French but her skills really came to the fore after learning AUSLAN.

“I love languages so when I met someone who was fluent in Australian sign language I decided to do a community class myself,” she said.

“The 10 week evening course was in Ormeau and after that I decided to get some proper qualifications.

“That was in 2016 and I have just finished my Certificate IV in AUSLAN.”

She leaves the library to take up a career as an education interpreter and is looking forward to using her sign language skills at a local child care centre from next Monday.

“I will be helping at the kindy three days a week and also having training and mentoring through Education Queensland,” she said.

“In January I will be starting work full time in a prep class at Beaudesert State School, which is really exciting.” 

Ms Hanson said she had been happy to use her AUSLAN during story time at the library and had also been involved in community outreach, taking part in a Benevolent Society morning workshop which resulted in one of the members organising a weekend AUSLAN course for locals at Gleneagle.

She said she felt lucky to be able to work at a local school as her children Tomos, 9 and Matilda, 7 were students at St Mary’s.