Why did you choose to be part of the YPN Steering Committee?
The steering committee came at a time when I was looking at being involved in something, but I didn’t know what. After completing the CU Futures programme, I felt the need to continue the momentum, and the message of being a Young Professional within the movement, and to show that we want to be more involved. The steering Committee was the best place to make my voice heard.
Why is the YPN important to you?
The YPN is important to me because of the message I want to send to other Young Professionals. I want to be a voice, and to represent others, and lead the way to change. I find that talking to others with the same passion and vision has me, helps me to keep pushing to become a leader. On a personal note, the YPN is important to me because I know that I have a community of other young people I can talk to. It is such a comfortable and save space.
What have you gained from being a member of the YPN Steering Committee?
I have gained so much personally and professionally. Professionally, I have been a part of the World Council of Credit Union's, Global youth Summit, where I learnt so much about credit unions in the UK, USA and Brazil. I have gained knowledge and expertise in the field, that I am sure I wouldn’t have if I was not involved with YPN. Personally, I have gained the confidence to speak in a room full of people without my legs turning to jelly. Last year was the first time I presented something in front of anyone, and for someone like me who hadn’t stood in front of a room and spoke, ever, was a huge accomplishment.
Last but not least, friends. I have made lifelong friends, and more friends
What advice would you give to people considering wanting to get involved in the YPN?
I will keep this short. Just do it!!