We thank former director, Ilena Young, who has recently made the decision to step down from the YWCA Australia Board.
We acknowledge Ilena’s significant contribution in the creation of a strong, unified, national YWCA. In her role as Co-President of YWCA Australia during the National Merger Project and chair of the Governance Group, Ilena was instrumental in guiding regular discussions, negotiations, and operations during the two years of the merger project.
Her skills in strategic planning, business operations and community development were critical in ensuring a successful merger. Because of her work and that of the previous member associations, YWCA Australia is in a stronger position to grow for the next 180 years.
Prior to her role as Co-President during the merger, Ilena was on the board of YWCA of Albury-Wodonga.
Ilena remains a part of the Y family and we thank her for her guidance and leadership during this critical part of our history.