Young Woman from Huntsville becomes Vice President of World YWCA

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02 Feb 2016
Katie Ungard, a young woman from Huntsville has been newly appointed as a Vice President to the Board of Directors of World YWCA. During the Geneva YWCA World Council in October 2015, Ms. Ungard was one of two Canadians elected to the Board of Directors.  

Throughout her life Katie has shown an interest and commitment to global and women’s issues. While studying at the University of Guelph she was a member of the sexual health team at the Wellness Centre and involved with the World University service of Canada and its Student Refugee Program. Following her undergraduate work she went on to complete a Master degree in Environmental Studies from York University.  She is presently working for Pollution Probe as a project manager. 

Ungard was hired by YWCA Muskoka as a Youth-Eco Intern in 2010. She undertook a community based research project on Women and the Environment surveying and meeting with women from across the District of Muskoka. Her work resulted in the co-production of a 20 minute documentary with filmmaker Virginia Hasting, “Fairly Foul” which premiered at the 2nd Women in Film Festival in Muskoka. She also gave several presentations starting with her alma mater, Huntsville High School, and a speaking engagement to the Ontario Green Party.  

Following Ungard’s internship, she was nominated to the YWCA Canada Board.  Ungard has served as vice chair of the Board of Directors of YWCA Canada, and sat on various committees: including as chair of the YWCA Canada International Cooperation Committee, as a member of Young Women Leadership miles fund committee and the board HR committee. She also co-chaired the communications committee for the Young Women’s Engagement Taskforce and co-chaired the communications and programming committee for the first North American and Caribbean Young Women’s Leadership Conference in 2013, in Bridgetown, Barbados.

In 2013, she was the keynote speaker at Women of Distinction in Muskoka and spoke about the value and importance of Mentorship. 

“We are very proud of and excited for Katie in her new role. It’s particularly exciting to see young women in top leadership roles throughout our movement as the World YWCA has launched its goal to engage 100 million young women by 2035. She is inspiring the generations coming behind her.” says Executive Director, Hannah Lin.

(l-r)Katie Ungard, Jamie Medicine Crane (a newly elected Canadian board member) and Lynne Kent from the nominations committee.

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