Olive Hanna grew up in the Republic of Ireland and began her nursing career in London, England, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1975 and Midwife in 1977. Her training and work experience with women placed her in different care settings i.e. Hospitals, Clinics and patient homes. From this, a strong interest in women’s health began. She came to Canada in 1979 and in 1982 became a Registered Nurse in the province of Ontario.
While raising a family, for close to twenty years, she worked as a Registered Nurse in Maternal Child Health. She provided post partum teaching and care for newly delivered families, to help them cope with the demands of parenting and the needs of the newborn.
Encouraged by the opportunity for further education, Olive obtained a Certificate in Family Mediation from McMaster University, Hamilton, in 2001, followed by a number of courses in Women’s Gender Studies at Toronto University, Erindale College.
In 2004, Olive helped organize and present a workshop on Women Abuse for 4 hospitals in the GTA to educate staff on how to screen for abuse and facilitate disclosure.
From 2007-2012, she worked as a Nurse Examiner with the Ontario Breast Screening Programme. Recently she has devoted her energy to produce Every Woman's Health Record and has been invited to speak about her experience at community events.