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ABOUT THE BOARD

Members meet every three years at the Triennial World Conference. The 29th Triennial World Conference will take place in Melbourne, Australia in April 2019.

 

In addition to debating and passing resolutions delegates elect a Board of Trustees. This comprises the World President, Deputy President, Treasurer, Secretary (The Executive); three other specified Committee Chairmen (namely Projects, Communications & Marketing and ACWW United Nations committees); and the nine Area Presidents.

 

The Board meets in full once per year. The Specified Committees meet between two and three times and the Executive and Finance Committees meet three times.  As costs of travel and accommodation rise, some Committee members now join their meetings via Skype.

Each quarter, we ask one of the Committee Chairmen to contribute an article which explores their work, interests and background with ACWW.

 

The first is with Anne Marit Hovstad, Chairman of the Projects Committee. Download it now!

The Executive

Committee Chairmen

Area Presidents

Mrs Ruth Shanks AM, Australia
World President

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2016.

Has been a member of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA NSW), Australia for 46 years and an individual member of ACWW since 1989 and is a Life Member. Ruth has held office at local, District and State level within CWA NSW, including as Association President, Vice President, Secretary and State International Officer, and has represented her organisation on NSW Government committees. Ruth served 2 terms as ACWW South Pacific Area President (2007-2013) and is currently World President. She has attended many ACWW Triennial Conferences and Area Conferences. She is a Registered Nurse, Company Director / Retired. Ruth was nominated by CWA of New South Wales, Rural Women New Zealand, Die Dameskring, South Africa and the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Northern Ireland.

Mrs Margaret Yetman, Canada

Deputy President

Chairman Agriculture Committee

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2016.

Is a member of the Newfoundland & Labrador Women’s Institutes.

She held the offices of WI Branch President, NLWI President, and Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada President. She has served two terms as ACWW Canada Area President and is currently ACWW Deputy President and Agriculture Committee Chairman. She has been an individual member of ACWW since 1992, and has attended seven of the organization’s Triennial Conferences. She is a retired Secretary and Office Administrator with Certificates in Business Administration and Professional Development for Secretaries from Memorial University and holds an Associate in Theology (A.Th). She is a member of the Girl Guides of Canada. Margaret

was nominated by Newfoundland & Labrador Women’s Institutes and the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Northern Ireland.

Mrs Henrietta Schoeman, South Africa

Secretary

Chairman Triennial Conference Committee

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2016.

 A member of Women’s Agricultural Union Mpumalanga, (WAUM) South Africa ; an individual member of ACWW since 1986. Henrietta has served as Branch Chair and President, Regional Chair and National President of WAU, holding each position for 6 years. Henrietta served 6 years on the ACWW Finance Committee, she was vice chair of the Finance Committee and is currently ACWW Secretary and Chair of the Triennial Conference Committee. She has attended 5 ACWW Triennial Conferences and 6 Area Conferences. She is a qualified teacher and has been responsible for finances at the family farm for 23 years; she has organised several events including conferences and has judge’s certificates. Henrietta was nominated by VLU / Women’s Agricultural Union Mpumalanga and the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Northern Ireland.

Mrs Heather Brennan, Australia

Treasurer

Chairman Finance Committee

Elected 2016

Is a member of Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA), Australia; an individual member of ACWW since 2002. Heather was Secretary of her local QCWA and State Honorary Treasurer of County Women’s Association of New South Wales 2003-2006. Heather is currently a member of the ACWW Finance Committee and was previously assistant to the ACWW South Pacific Area President and Minute Secretary for ACWW Hobart Triennial Conference. Travelling as the Area President’s Assistant enabled Heather to observe ACWW societies within the Area and gain knowledge of how they benefit from projects. Heather has attended 4 ACWW Triennial Conferences, was a scrutineer and teller at the last three, and has attended 4 Area Conferences. She is a retired primary producer. Heather was nominated by Queensland Country Women’s Association.

Mrs Magdie de Kock, South Africa
Chairman;
Communications & Marketing Committee

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2016.

A member of the South African Women’s Agricultural Union and Die Dameskring of South Africa and an Individual member of ACWW since 2009. Magdie has held national positions including Deputy President and Chief Executive Officer of Die Dameskring, organiser of the National Education Fund, Deputy President of SAWAU and Honorary President of WAU Mpumalanga. A member of ACWW Publications & Promotion Committee from 2010-2013 and currently Chairman of the C&M Committee.  She has attended 5 ACWW Triennials and many Area Conferences where she presented workshops on leadership.  She has qualifications in photography, project managing, brand advertising, writing, public speaking and leadership.  She is an authority on international meeting procedures.  Formerly a school principal, Magdie is a housewife and voluntary worker who often address audiences on life skills. Magdie was nominated by South African Women’s Agricultural Union, Die Dameskring and Federation of Women’s Institutes Northern Ireland.

Mrs Anne Marit Hovstad, Norway

Chairman; Projects Committee

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2016.

A member of the Norwegian Women and Family Association (NWF), Norway; an individual member of ACWW since 2002. Anne Marit was project leader of the NFW for 15 years, Vice-President then President NFW and Chairman of FOKUS. She was a member of the ACWW Projects Committee for 6 years and is currently Chairman of the ACWW Projects Committee. She has experience with projects administration through FOKUS and NWF. Anne Marit is a Project Leader with NWF and Chairman of NWF’s International Committee. She has attended both ACWW Triennial Conference and Area Conferences. Anne Marit is nominated by the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Northern Ireland and the Worcestershire Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Mrs Kerry Maw

Chairman; UN Committee

Elected 2016.

A member of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ); an individual member of ACWW since 2009. Kerry has served as Branch President, National Vice President, Regional Councillor, health spokesperson, education spokesperson and rural education Reference Group representative for her society. She represents RWNZ on an NGO group responding to CEDAW. She is currently a member of the ACWW United Nations Committee. Kerry is also a committee member of UN Women Aotearoa (NZ), and a member of the UN Association of NZ. She is also a Board Director. Kerry has experience in Board governance, advocacy, strategic planning, communications, media relations, relationship building and has attended 2 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) events at the UN in New York and co-presented an ACWW seminar at CSW 2015. Kerry has attended an ACWW Triennial Conference and Area Conference. Kerry is nominated by Rural Women New Zealand.

Agriculture Committee

Mrs Margaret Yetman (Canada) – Chairman

Mrs Donna Jebb (Canada)

Mrs Joan Brady (Canada)

Mrs Therese Casemore (Wales)

Mrs Pamela Brown (Northern Ireland)

 

Communications & Marketing Committee

Mrs Magdie de Kock (South Africa) – Chairman

Mrs Marie O'Toole (Ireland)

Mrs Deborah Reardon (England)

Mrs Moira Hammond (England)

Mrs Rehanon Mackenzie (England)

 

Finance Committee

Mrs Heather Brennan (Australia) – Chairman

Mrs Maggie Simons (England)

Mrs Iris Montgomery (England)

 

Projects Committee

Mrs Anne Marit Hovstad (Norway) – Chairman

Mrs Hazel Armstrong (England)

Mrs Roma Patten (England)

Mrs Edwina Marr (Northern Ireland)

Sr Viji Dali (India)

Mrs Paddy Blake (Ireland)

 

Triennial Conference Committee

Mrs Henrietta Schoeman (South Africa) - Chairman

Mrs Lynn MacLean (Canada)

Mrs Afrodita Roman (Romania)

Mrs Sue Watkins (England)

Mrs Lynette Harris (Australia)

 

United Nations Committee

Mrs Kerry Maw-Smith (New Zealand) - Chairman

Mrs Suzanne Garrett (Australia)

Mrs Christine Reaburn (Canada)

Mrs Christine Trewick (England)

Mrs Susan Jonas (England)

Sheila Needham, Canada

Area President; Canada

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2016.

A member of Quebec Women’s Institute (QWI), Canada and an individual member of ACWW since 1987. Sheila was QWI President (1997-2000), President of Federated Women’s Institutes Canada (2006-09) and QWI Publicity Chair / Editor 2012-18, after holding many local and provincial positions. She is currently ACWW Canada Area President. Sheila has attended many ACWW Triennial and Area Conferences. Sheila was nominated by Quebec Women’s Institutes.

Mrs Dotsie Gordon, Jamaica

Area President; Caribbean, Central & South America

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2016.

Dotsie is a A member of Jamaica Federation of Women (JFW); an individual member of ACWW since 2001. Dotsie has attended Area Conferences. Dotsie has been Chairman, Vice-President, Finance, Treasurer and Director of JFW. She is currently ACWW Area President for Caribbean, Central & South America. She is a human resource consultant. She has held key officers’ positions in the Jamaica Employers’ Federation and was a trustee of a pension fund for a private sector organisation in Jamaica. Dotsie was nominated by Jamaica Federation of Women and the Trinidad & Tobago Federation of Women.

Mrs Thilaka Swarnalatha Perera, Sri Lanka

Area President; Central & South Asia

Elected 2016.

Member of Lanka Mahila Samiti (LMS), Sri Lanka. Held various positions in LMS including President for 2 terms. She organises fund-raisers, awareness programmes and is chief organiser in several districts. Thilaka writes project proposals and has successfully implemented projects to enhance self-employment and development in rural communities. She has attended 3 Triennial Conferences and 3 Area Conferences. Thilaka is a partner in a commercial establishment.  Nominated by Daughters of Mary Immaculate and Collaborators (DMI) of Chennai, India and Lanka Mahila Samiti of Sri Lanka.

Mrs Chinje Irene Bih, Cameroon
Area President; East, West & Central Africa

Elected 2016.

A member of Women’s Empowerment Enterprise Network (WEEN), Cameroon and an individual member of ACWW since 2014. Irene has been President of WEEN since 2005. Irene has attended an ACWW Area Conference and was on the organising committee and resource person for paper presentation. She is a consultant for Camleadngo and Bongabi Women’s Group. She was able to organise, sensitise and raise funds with her rural community to create a Micro Community Credit Bank which has been a huge success and helped other communities set theirs up; she assists in their administration with technical support. This has empowered the women and helped them open accounts and save money which is breaking a myth thus increasing financial stability and economic empowerment, one of WEEN’S objectives. Irene is nominated by Women’s Empowerment Enterprise Network.

Mrs Margaret McMillan, Northern Ireland

Area President; Europe

Elected 2016.

A member of the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Northern Ireland (FWINI); an individual member of ACWW since 1997. Margaret is currently a member of ACWW Finance Committee (since 2010) and has worked on promoting Pennies for Friendship. In the FWINI she has been an Executive member and Chairman of the International Committee for 6 years which works to promote ACWW, fundraises and supports projects worldwide. She has attended ACWW Triennial Conferences from 2000 in Canada and 7 Area Conferences in Prague, Crete, Iceland, England, Finland, Ireland, Norway and enjoyed making friendships. In connection with Europe she has visited Romania twice and seen the projects they are doing as well as Albania. She is a temporary teacher / retired. Margaret is nominated by the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Northern Ireland and Asociatia Femeia Mileniului III.

Mrs E. Maria Abdul Karim Sh, MH,  Indonesia

Area President; South East Asia & the Far East

Elected 2016.

A member of Persatuan Wanita Republik Indonesia (PERWARI). Maria is on the Advisory Board for International Relations and was formerly President of PERWARI. She has attended 2 ACWW Triennial Conferences and Area Conferences. Maria was nominated by Persatuan Wanita Republik Indonesia.

Mrs Mabel Moyo, Zimbabwe

Area President; Southern Africa

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2016.

A member of Jekesa Pfungwa Vulingqondo (JPV), Zimbabwe; an individual member of ACWW since 2012. Maybel is Deputy Director JPV. She is an experienced development worker, has experience in women’s empowerment programmes nationally and regionally, is involved with and networks with a number of women’s organisations. She is currently Area President for Southern Africa and has monitored ACWW funded projects. Maybel has attended both Triennial and Area Conferences. Maybel was nominated by Jekesa Pfungwa Vulingqondo, Botswana Council of Women and the South African Women’s Empowerment Foundation.

Mrs Gail Commens JP, Australia

Area President; South Pacific

Elected 2016.

Member of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA of NSW), Australia; an individual member of ACWW since 2002. Gail has held many positions at branch and Group level within CWA of NSW, been a representative to the State Executive for 4 years, State Vice President 3 years and immediate past State International Officer 3 years. She has attended 2 ACWW Triennial Conferences (delegation leader 2013) and 5 Area Conferences (leader 2014). Gail is a farmer, office administrator, secretary and J.P. She has visited ACWW member societies in her Area and gained an understanding of Island people. Gail is a Licensed Lay Reader with her Church and is actively involved in her local community. She plays competition tennis and enjoys reading. Gail was nominated by the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales.

Mrs Jo Ellen Almond, USA

Area President; United States of America

Elected 2016.

A member of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association (IEHA), United States of America for 38 years and an individual member of ACWW since 2000. Jo Ellen has been State President of IEHA, Vice-President National Volunteer Outreach Network and Treasurer of Country Women’s Council USA. She served for 2 terms on the ACWW Projects Committee, was ACWW Secretary and chaired the ACWW Triennial Conference in Hot Springs (2010). She has attended 3 Triennial and 14 Area Conferences. Jo Ellen is a travel agent. Jo Ellen was nominated by the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association.

 

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