17th May 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on May 17th, this year It was focused primarily on the staff, who make us the great organization we are.

The day started at midday, the flags were out, tablecloths set and desks cleaned! First to arrive were our Kaitoke Outdoor Education team followed shortly by Oscar, Masterton and the Upper Hutt Gym team. Earlier in the day, our Support Office team had arranged the Pilmuir House communal area including chairs and projector. We made our way through to the communal area and around this time our Board of Trustees, Kiwibank management team, Hutt South MP Chris Bishop and YMCA Greater Wellington President Grant Baker arrived.

We kicked off with a talk from CEO Brendan, followed by an address from Chris Bishop. The Leadership team then presented a snapshot of their business areas for 2017. Amy Moreland spoke on Childcare which has sat at an impressive 75% occupancy for the past year, Ben Keat on Property and Assets, highlights here included hitting $1million in grants, Pilmuir house getting a 300k value increase and revenue being up 15% for Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre. Debbie Houston-Tupou spoke on Raise Up and our community gym which has seen a huge 260 direct debit membership sign ups since launching six months ago and has maintained a 90% retention rate of existing members, much higher than the industry standard. Virginia Liu spoke on the business financials where overall business revenue was $4.7M with $130k profit and debt reduced by 7%.

Grant Baker then spoke of his appreciation to everybody who made 2017 such a successful year and stated he had high hopes for the coming year which he is sure we can achieve.

After these speeches, it was onto the staff awards.

Y – Values Award

This award recognises the staff member that above all displays the YMCA values (Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility) in absolutely everything they do.

This award went to Josephine and Sheryl.

My Y Moment Award

Quite simply it’s “Y” we do what we do at the Y. It is these moments that we value and encourage you to share, so we can continue to realise our impact and the steps along the way to fulfilling the Y’s mission.

This award went to Leah and YMCA Khandallah
for Family night

Innovation Award

Open to any staff member, programme or centre that has implemented an innovative initiative in their respective field

This award went to Russ Jacobi

Outdoor Educator of the Year Award

Open to all Camp Staff that have been employed for 12 months leading up to May 1st 2018

Displays excellence in outdoor education in everything they do

This award went to Jay Campbell

Children’s and Youth Staff Member of the Year Award

Open to all Children’s Services and Youth Staff that have been employed for 12 months leading up to May 1st 2018

Displays excellence in everything they do, in their respective program area.

This award went to Natalie Powell

Manager of the Year Award

The Manager of the Year award recognises the Manager (Program, Centre or support service) who shows outstanding management to not only their respective function (Program, Centre or Support Service) but to the good of the entire Organisation

This award went to Angie Aslett

Staff Member of the Year Award

Open to staff member or volunteer that has been employed for 12 months

Voted by peers

This award went to Rachel Bass

Long Service – 5yrs + recognition went to (noting that most are closer to the 10yr mark)

Rachel Bass

Ben Keat

Sydney Wirihana

Tracey Matheson

Jill Bond

Fiona McCaskill

Jo Thomas

Amanda Noblett

Utumoa Wright

Deanna Holman

Angie Aslett

Sheryl Brotherson

Rebecca White

Long Service – 10yrs award and recognition went to

Debbie Houston – Tupou & Josephine Dickens 

After these awards, it was lunch time, Matt Clark our Chef from Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre had prepared a healthy delicious lunch for each attendee including, salads, fruit, hummus and, caramel slice which was delicious.

Soon after lunch, it was time to head back into the Pilmuir common area for the AGM. It was pleasing to hear some great commentary from the Board and Trust. Additionally, the new YMCA GW Constitution was adopted, which replaces the existing YMCA Wellington and YMCA Masterton Constitutions (2005) and brings the organization in line with the proposed new Societies Act. All board members were re-elected under the new Constitution.

In all, it was a great turn out, we managed to recognize the hard work of all our staff who have helped us achieve over the past year. Thank you, and we look forward to next year.