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26 October 2021 - 3:57pm

From the President

From the President

End of year reflections

This, our last newsletter for 2021 provides an opportunity to reflect on our Annual General Meeting (AGM) 9th October 2020 and to start thinking about 2022. 

In amongst coping with Covid lock down, Graduate Women North Shore (GWNS) stepped up to the challenge of hosting our virtual AGM. Thank you GWNS for enabling us to hold our AGM. While we couldn’t have the in-depth discussions our AGMs are known for, we did get through the business and hopefully all felt they had the opportunity to be heard and listened to. For those who attended, thank you for your willingness to engage via zoom. For those who missed the AGM, we did record the meeting. If you’d like to view this recording please speak with your President/Convenor. 

The main business for an AGM is to elect the National Executive, provide an opportunity for members to hear from colleagues, review the finances and to consider remits. We received nominations for all key roles except for the Marketing and Membership role. Congratulations to all executive members (listed below). We do need a Lead for the Marketing & Membership portfolio, so if you are at all interested or know someone who could be, please get in touch with myself I’m looking forward to working with the new executive as we lead GWNZ in 2022. We say goodbye and thanks to Annabel Wilson. Annabel will stay on as our newsletter editor but step back from her National Executive role to enjoy being a new Mum, progressing her doctoral studies and her creative writing, plus many other initiatives!

Your new National Executive / Council is:

National Executive role  Person  Term (s) 
President  Jo Innes, GWM  2020 – 2022 
President Elect Karen Richardson, GWW 2021-2022
Vice-President (1) Karen Richardson, GWW 2021-2022
Vice-President (2) Lorelle George, GWNS 2021-2023
Secretary Vanessa Ward, GWW 2021-2023
Treasurer Rachel Baskerville, GWW 2020-2022
International Shirley Gillett, GWO 2021-2023
Advocacy Karen Richardson, GWW 2021-2023
Marketing & Membership Vacant  
Member/Trust Treasurer Carolyn Wirth, GWM 2021-2023
Member/Trust Secretary Sally Hasell, GWW 2021-2023
Member/Trustee Lorelle George, GWNS 2021-2023
Council/IMN & Social Media Kwong Nui Sim, IMN 2020 – 
Council/GWW Janet Stribling, GWW 2021 – 
Council/GWM Leola Meynell 2021 – 
Officer/News & Social Media Annabel Wilson, GWNS 2021 – 
Officer/ Support Bessie Olsen, GWW 2020 – 
Officers/Archives Ann Pomeroy, Pat Sivertsen


The following remits were discussed and approved:

Remit 1: Supplementary dues (CI 40 c) 

Remit 2: Student membership: Under-graduate (CI 9) 

Remit 4: Conflict of Interest

Remit 5: Majority Voting

Remit 6: Resolutions in Writing

Remit 7: Virtual Presence at a Board Meeting

Remit 3: Student Membership: Postgraduate (CI9) was not approved at the AGM as it requires more thought. The Executive plan to reconsider this remit at a special AGM, early in the new year.

National Executive will be reviewing the initiatives proposed in the Strategic Plan 2020-2022 and establishing priorities for 2022. Your branch President / Independent Members Convener will be approaching you to seek your input. In the meantime, please THINK about how the National Executive can better support the work of the branches and Independent Member Network.

It’s now looking unlikely that we will be able to hold the GWNZ Centenary in 2021 as planned. Our thinking at the moment is to postpone until we can meet face to face to celebrate this milestone. GWNS have offered to still host this event. Thank you!

I hope you have a restful and peaceful Christmas. See you in 2022

  • Dr Jo Innes, President (GWNZ), Chair (GWNZ-CT)