List of Life Members
YWCA Life Membership Award
Nominations are now open for 2021. Find the nomination form here.
YWCA Australia’s Life Membership Award is an acknowledgement and recognition of a Member’s outstanding and distinctive contribution to our work in advancing gender equality. Life Membership recognises those Members whose contribution to the YWCA has had significant impact on the organisation, the community and the gender equality movement.
Meaning and Significance
- The Award is for life.
- Status recognises a select group of YWCA Members (limited numbers awarded per year).
- A YWCA Life Member pin is awarded and a formal letter of congratulations from the President.
Demonstrated Selection Criteria
Life Member nominees must be proposed by a YWCA Australia Ordinary Member. In assessing candidates, the Life Member Selection Group will be considering the below selection criteria.
- Sustained commitment and demonstrated service to YWCA above and beyond the normal commitment expected of a member, volunteer, employee or contractor.
- Ongoing and consistent support of young women’s leadership.
- Ongoing and consistent demonstration and support of the mission and values of YWCA.
- Sustained commitment and service to gender equality including leadership and active contribution.
- Membership of the YWCA – with a recommendation of at least five years.
Nomination of candidates for Life Member
YWCA Australia Members are encouraged to nominate potential Life Members based on the selection criteria.
Nominations will be submitted to the Company Secretary and considered by a Life Member Selection Group (Selection Group) comprising two members of the Nominations Committee and two volunteer Life Members. The Selection Group will recommend Life Members to the Board for approval.
The President of the YWCA will award a maximum of two Life Memberships at the Annual General Meeting each year.
YWCA reserves the right to revoke the granting of Life Membership in extreme circumstances should the actions and behaviours of the relevant individual be deemed to be detrimental to YWCA and/or inconsistent with its mission and/or its values.
In the event of a proposed revocation of life membership, the Board will undertake an independent investigation and any decision must be unanimous.
If you have any questions about the Life Membership process, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Key Dates
Great news! Life Membership nominations are open all year round.
22 August 2021: Nominations close for 2021 Life Membership
30 August – 22 August 2021: Applications accepted to be part of the Life Membership Selection Group
Week commencing 23 August 2021: Selection Group finalised and all applicants notified.
1 -17 September: Selection Group provided with all eligible Life Member nominations.
Week commencing 27 September: Meet (by video or telephone conference) to discuss new Life Member nominations and agree on a specified number of candidates to be recommended to the YWCA Australia Board.
October 2021: YWCA Australia Board will consider the Life Membership Selection Group recommendations.
November 2021: New YWCA Australia Life Members will be announced to the membership at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.