YWCA CEO Janet Austin will be the next Lieutenant Governor of BC
A message from Janet:
A message from Geri Prior, YWCA Board Chair:
After 15 years serving as the CEO of YWCA Metro Vancouver, Janet Austin has been appointed by the Prime Minister to fill the distinguished role of Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, representing the Queen in the Province. We cannot think of anyone more deserving than Janet to fill this role.
While we are sad to see Janet go, we are also excited for her as we know she will take on this honourable position with the passion, vigor and commitment she brought to YWCA Metro Vancouver.
During her time with the YWCA, Janet has positioned the organization as a leading voice on some of the most pressing social issues facing society today. Her advocacy to promote the full realization of women’s equality has contributed to policy changes at the federal and provincial levels that improve the lives of women, children and families.
We are incredibly proud and honoured to have worked with Janet for many years. She successfully led the YWCA through extensive growth, and her expertise in housing development has helped to increase the stock of safe, affordable housing for single mothers across Metro Vancouver. During her tenure, the YWCA has grown its array of holistic integrated services – anchored in the three fundamentals of housing, early learning and child care and employment – that have supported many women to transition from poverty to personal and economic independence.
She has also worked hard to strengthen relationships between the YWCA, government and the broader community, and has served on many business and community boards. As the first Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade from the non-profit sector, Janet has shown other leaders that collaboration across all sectors is vital to creating lasting systemic change.
While Janet has been acknowledged for her contributions throughout her career, this is a special time of celebration, as her appointment is recognition of all that she has championed and achieved.
A date has yet to be set for Janet to be sworn in as Lieutenant Governor. Until then, she will be known as the Lieutenant Governor-designate and, over the next while, she will work with the YWCA Board and Management to prepare for a smooth transition. Once the timing of her installation has been decided, we will be in touch to share the Board’s plans for interim leadership and for the CEO search process.
On behalf of the YWCA Board of Directors and Management Team, we wish you the very best, Janet, and know you will excel in this new role. You will be deeply missed by all.
Chair, YWCA Metro Vancouver