Wales YFC Does Digital Democracy
For the first time in the movements 85 year history, the members of Wales YFC have elected its council virtually.
On 19 September 2020, Wales YFC held its first virtual Annual General Meeting since its creation in 1936. Historically, every autumn members and associates flock together in order to elect the National Council. Nevertheless, this year, due to COVID-19, Wales YFC has been forced to adapt in order to uphold the order of the federations constitution relying on a digital voting system.
The opportunity for members to cast their votes to decide the 2020-21 Wales YFC Officer group was grasped with representation from all 12 counties in attendance via Zoom. Attendees praised the smooth running and efficiency of the event, even suggesting incorporating the newly amended form of voting into future events.
Duly elected was Katie Davies of Pembrokeshire YFC, whom stood for re-election as Wales YFC Chair along with Caryl Haf, Ceredigion YFC continuing her tenure again this year as Vice-Chair. Mr Geraint Lloyd will also be supporting the movement once again throughout 2020-21 in his role as President along with the selection of 12 honorary Presidents.
Since her election as Chair, Katie Davies said; “I am honoured to have been re-elected once again this year as Wales YFC Chair and am pleased to see that Youth Organisations have been recognised by the Welsh Government as an essential part of the post-COVID recovery efforts in Wales. Wales YFC Clubs are a vital part of our rural Welsh communities.
With local clubs now able to consider gathering in a socially distanced manner following the advice and guidance published by NFYFC, I hope that I will be able to set out and achieve my objective from last year to get out and meet more grassroots members.”