Ethel Simmonds

Ethel Simmonds

BPW Whangarei:

Membership:                   1985 to 2004

Secretary: 6 years

Professional & Personal Insight:

  • Community Development Adviser
  • VCC to the Office for Senior Citizens

Ethel Simmonds – Her Story:

  • Highlights of being a BPW member:

The opportunity to learn and make a difference in my community

Participating as a member of  a local, national and international women’s group

The chance to network, the friendships formed and the fun.

  • National representation:

Representative at the Executive table, Conference, 2000

Was Minute Secretary for the Auckland Conference, 2003.

  • What made BPWNZ different for Ethel:

BPWNZ’s strength as an international organisation with spheres of influence to improve the status of women in the world

Leadership qualities of those involved in BPWNZ

The focus and strategic framework of BPWNZ – health, justice, education, employment

The opportunity to consider insightful and significant remits to influence New Zealand society and thus make a difference to the lives of women.

  • Past BPW Whangarei Club Projects:

Women’s Dinner to encourage more women to become involved in Local Body and Central Government  Politics

Working with other BPW Clubs in Northland (Kerikeri, Warkworth and Kaitaia), BPW Whangarei  to host the BPWNZ National Conference in 2000

Women in Business Award for local business women

Scholarships for Women returning to tertiary study

reports going from the mundane to superb presentations

Serious debate on how to make a difference.