Victoria Grandmothers for Africa's Structure and Policies, approved in October, 2023, guide the way VG4A operates.
2023 Coordinating Group
The Coordinating Group consists of the Core Group and either the chair or co-chair of each Working Group. Coordinators meet every other month, in between the General Meetings; their job is to guide the group, make suggestions, and carry out decisions made by members. Positions are shared, so there's always someone else to turn to for advice or to take your place if you are away. Thank you to those members who stepped up to fill these positions!
The Core Group meets if decisions and advice are required between Coordinating Group meetings. The first year in a Core Group the co-position role involves learning the requirements of the job and assisting with the job. The second year involves taking over the responsibilities of the job and training the new person for the position. Two exceptions are the Treasurer and Membership positions in which the Co-Treasurer and Membership Co-Chair hold the position for two years followed by two years as Treasurer and Membership Chair. The other exception is the Coordinator role which goes on for a third year as Past Coordinator.
Elections are held yearly for new co-positions.
Coordinator Laurie Wilson
Past Coordinator Bonnie Yarish
Treasurer Sandra Carelius
Co-Treasurer Yvonne McLean
Recorder Lib Cooper
Co-Recorder Jane Carroll
Membership Elizabeth Sebesta
Co-Membership Anne Anderson
Working Group Chairs and Co-Chairs
Education leaderless format where members take turns
Sales and Crafts Carol Long, Orleen MacLulich
Cycle Tours Lynn Kobierski, Mary Ann Matous
Communications Lisbie Rae, Joyce Hobday
African Dinner 2024 Jean MacDonald, Meg Harrigan-Lee
We are VERY thrilled to report that on August 7, VG4A passed the $2 million mark in terms of total money raised since our inception in 2006. This is an incredible achievement for a group from a city our size. Members, supporters and donors should all be extremely proud. Every donation, every muffin, every placemat, shoulder bag and hedgehog, every ticket sold, every African dinner served, every kilometre cycled, every stride walked, every idea shared and acted upon, every piece of costume jewellery cashed in, every double your money project, every piece of spare change, every market, every presentation, every solicitation ... Together we have made a difference in many, many lives over the last 17 years. We are stronger than ever right now. It took us 11 years to make our first $1 million and only six for the second!
"We will not rest until they can rest."
We are extremely grateful to our donors who have opened their hearts and their wallets to our cause. We now have
2 MILLION REASONS TO THANK YOU!