On Thursday 30 November at the inaugural SWL Annual Members Meeting, Judy Slatyer, Australian Red Cross CEO, ratified the Society of Women Leaders Terms of Reference and thanked the members of the SWL interim governance working group for their excellent work in developing the governance framework together with senior members of Red Cross.
Following a unanimous vote by members of the interim SWL leadership team, Judy also appointed the new SWL Chair. Anita Pahor has accepted the role and will serve a two year term effective immediately. In accordance with the new SWL Terms of Reference, Anita has chosen her Deputy and Susan Wynne has also accepted the role.
Members present also voted on which projects they wanted their pooled funds to support this year. After a number of inspiring, eye opening and compelling 'pitches' made by Red Cross staff, members chose to support the following programs in this order of priority:
1. Aid Workers
2. Young Parents Program
3. Supporting families seeking asylum
4. Doula program