Our Board Traineeships

YWCA Canberra’s Board Traineeship Program, which began in 2002, is an integral part of our commitment to building leadership pathways for young women, including female-identifying and non-binary people. The program provides our members with the opportunity to actively participate on our Board, without the financial or legal responsibilities of being directors.

The Program is underpinned by our commitment to quotas, with 30 per cent of our board positions being held by young women age 30 years or under. This ensures that we maintain a culture of diversity on our board, and foster an intergenerational dialogue that guides the work we do.

As well as increasing the knowledge and experience of participants, the Board Traineeship Program has tangible outcomes, with many of the trainees going on to be elected as a Board Directors at our Annual General Meetings. The Board Traineeship Program is a valuable professional development opportunity, and an innovative approach to fostering the next generation of women leaders.

Applications for the Board Traineeship Program open in September each year, and you must be a YWCA Canberra member to apply. To receive updates on when the applications are open, subscribe to the YWCA Canberra Newsletter (right) and the She Leads Newsletter. Alternatively, you may also contact our office on 02 6175 9900 or e-mail canberra@ywca-canberra.org.au for further information.

Current & Previous Board Trainees

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015

2013 – 2014

2012 – 2013

  • Caitlin Sandercock
  • Hannah Bathula
  • Verena Stocker
  • Heidi Zajac

2011 – 2012

2010 – 2011

  • Jac Torres Gomez
  • Heather McAulay
  • Steph Neulinger
  • Laura Pound

2009 – 2010

  • Rachel Atkinson,
  • Samara Rahman,
  • Courtney Sloane
  • Andrea Toka

2008 – 2009

  • Ruth Pitt
  • Eva Logan
  • Melinda Mitchell
  • Julie McKay

2007 – 2008

  • Alison Bulbeck
  • Aisha Yunusa

2006 – 2007

  • Tess Winslade
  • Yvonne Solly
  • Vanessa Dal Molin
  • Liz McAllister

2005 – 2006

  • Jude Burger
  • Jeanette McHugh
  • Colleen Mate
  • Elizabeth Chyla

2004 – 2005

  • Carole Bowden
  • Alison McDonald
  • Sammi Ho
  • Rebecca Bernard

2003 – 2004

  • Kylie Mannion
  • Kathryn Grimes
  • Caitlin Maclleod
  • Rachel Ambrose

2002 – 2003

  • Olivia Sainsbury
  • Larissa Hinds
  • Amanda Uhlman