Since 2000, the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association has started to promote institutional reform and modernisation, aiming to implement corporate governance and enhance work efficiency. As a responsible social service organisation, YWCA has been dedicated to promoting corporate governance, formulating clear guidelines and establishing highly-efficient management and decision-making framework so that we can follow a strategic direction to achieve the expected outcome and efficient supervision services. Being willing to envisage challenges and having the courage to change and to keep abreast of the times are the keys to success for the present social service organisations. The Association, in the decade of institutional reform and modernisation, has never slacked off but only proceeded to the investigation and review of optimising our management. In 2010, we have compiled our new Handbook of Corporate Governance and held conferences and training for the directors, the management team and other staff so that they can grasp the concepts of corporate governance for a sustainable and efficient development of the Association.
Election of the Board of Directors
The election system of the Board of Directors has been adopted since 1938. Voting Members cast their vote to elect the Directors and the term of office of the elected Directors is four years. The election takes place every two years, with about half of the seats on the Board being re-elected. The Directors then elect the President and Vice-presidents of the Board whereas the Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary of the Board as well as the Chairperson of the committees are appointed by the President. Committees are formed to plan for the development of the Association.
Hong Kong YWCA
12/2019-12/2020 Honorary Presidents, Honorary Directors and Directors List
Mrs. Tai Ip Sau Ying (deceased)
Mrs. Grace Tsao
Mrs. Mona Leong, SBS, BBS, MBE, JP
Mrs. Patricia S.H. Ling, MH, JP
Mrs. Lena Liu
Ms. Ko Siu Wah, SBS, MBE, OBE, JP (deceased)
Mrs. Cheung Wong Sze Yuen (deceased)
Dr. Agnes Ng, JP
Mrs. S.P. Huen Lee, May
Mrs. Wong Chu Ching Lin
Mrs. Helen Koo
Mrs. Leung Kan King Chun
Dr. Jennie Lee
Ms. Wong Lai Kuen, Hannah
Mrs. Emily Cheng
Dr. Hung Yeung Pong Wah
Mrs. Lau Chan So May, Lucy
Ms. To Sook Yuen, Helena
Ms. Luk Sai Lam, Alice
Ms. Eva Lee
Ms. Wong Chiang Yen, May
Ms. Lui San Man, Simmy
Ms. Chan Wing Mun, Grace
Ms. Kong Wai Chi, Jenny
Ms. Leung Mo Ching
Dr. Yu Yuet Kwan, Patricia
Ms. Mary Lim
Dr. Lou Weiqun, Vivian
Ms. Chan Sau Fan, Julie
Dr. Ho Kit Wan
Ms. Hsu Yu Ming, Hanna
Ms. Lee Lok Sze
Ms. Chau Wai Yin, Ada
Ms. Lee Shuk Ying, Helen
Ms. Sung Yuen Chan, Jeannette
Ms. Chan Ching Han
Ms. Nancy Lui
Ms. Tse Sui Yin, Sally
Ms. Leung Sui Ming, Olivia
Ms. Lin Po Kee, Serena
Ms. Wong Yee Kuen, Cecilia
Ms. Mimi King
Ms. Agnes Tso
Following the “Four Bold Steps” Strategic Plan launched in 2012, the Association initiated its second “Bold Steps” Strategic Plan in 2016, where the following six goals were set up and the Association’s development of the coming five years was envisaged, so as to realise the mission of the Association by promoting its sustainable development to meet future challenges.
Corporate Governance and Board Succession
Good corporate governance can enhance the efficiency, credibility and sustainability of an organisation. We endeavor to identify and nurture young talents with competence and expertise to join the YWCA leadership. Besides formulating a comprehensive management succession plan, we also step up effort to enhance the composition of the board and committee, in order to fully utilize the expertise of existing directors and foster the Association’s sustainable development.
As a pioneer of women organisation, we pay great attention to the needs of women, endeavor to promote gender equalities and develop our unique style of YWCA movement. We are eager to identify and cultivate women with potentials and train them as leaders to work together with the Association to construct a society with mutual respect between genders, with focus on “Support”, “Advocacy”, “Participation” and “Capacity Building”.
Ageing in Place
In response to an ageing population, we are committed to providing services catered for the elderly. By employing a flexible and diverse mode of service delivery, we proactively promote community-based elderly services and cross-sector collaboration, with the aim of enhancing the service impact of our elderly service and living quality of the elderly despite resources constraint and turning Hong Kong a truly age-friendly community.
Supporting Disadvantaged and Grassroots Families
The Association has been making vigorous efforts to develop the family-based rehabilitation service for children with special educational needs (SEN). With the whole family as the intervention target and entry point, we conduct family consultation and assessment on their service needs. Besides providing SEN children with opportunities for positive multi-dimensional development and nurturance, we also address the emotional well-being of parents and spousal relationship. Support network will be established for their families to achieve public understanding and acceptance as well as social inclusion.
Youth Empowerment and Development Opportunities
The Association strives to facilitate youngsters to get familiar with the workplace, inspire their vocational aspiration and encourage them to formulate action plans with a positive attitude in the hope of achieving a smooth transition from school to employment. Through diversified programs including cross-sector collaboration, students are provided with opportunities for life planning and exploration. We also collaborate with enterprises in developing various youth employment programmes to better prepare the youngsters for their future career.
Organisation Capacity Building and Sustainability
The Association makes every effort to enhance the long-term talent development and the application of information technology. Besides trainings, seminars and overseas visits, “Leadership Competence Assessment” was conducted to explore the potential of staff and facilitate them in setting long-term objectives for future advancement. “YWCA Mentorship Programme” was introduced to prepare the Association for its future planning and succession. We also reinforce the use of technology in service management to create the impetus for organisational development.