BPW Dunedin Member New Chair of New Horizons for Women Trust
Pat Sivertsen, long time member of BPW Dunedin and a past Marketing Convenor for BPWNZ, is the new chair of the New Horizons for Women Trust. New Horizons has a special place in the hearts of BPW women as BPW was one of the founding members and there must always be a BPW nominee on the Board.
The New Horizons for Women Trust provides opportunities for women for second chance education, for research into areas of concern to women and for special educational purposes. Since the first awards were made in 1993 the Trust has grown into a modern charitable trust with full registration under the new Charities Commission. Last year the Trust gave out over $86,000 in awards on behalf of sponsors and from the Trust’s own fund.
Pat says that it is both a challenging and exciting time to be taking the helm of the Trust. The difficult economic times make it even harder for women struggling to make a better life for themselves and their families by educating themselves. At the same time, sponsors are facing their own financial challenges with the drop in interest income. There is a desperate need to engage a new support base and to secure new funding so that the trust can continue its work. The exciting part is heading a very focussed and energetic board. The new website is on its way and plans are afoot to build a network of local support hubs. New Horizons for Women is one of the beneficiaries of Eva’s Attic in Wellington, an exciting new fundraising initiative run by the Eva Doucas Charitable Trust. Eva’s Attic sells premium pre-loved clothing with the proceeds going to a small number of selected charities. http://www.evasattic.co.nz/