Govt Director re-elected onto worldwide honour society board

The Govt Director within the Workplace of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Driekie Hay-Swemmer, has been re-elected for a 3rd time period to serve on the Board of Administrators of the Golden Key (GK) Worldwide Society.

Golden Key Worldwide Honour Society is the world’s largest collegiate honour society for graduate and undergraduate college students and has sturdy relationships with over 400 universities all over the world.

“I really feel certainly honoured because it doesn’t usually occur that one is elected for 3 phrases of workplace. There are such a lot of good individuals on the market who’ve a wealth of knowledge and information to contribute. Like within the earlier phrases of workplace, I learnt loads about finest practices in worldwide company governance, the judiciary tasks of non-executive administrators, particularly serving on a non-profit organisation, the significance of moral and repair management. By interacting with colleagues throughout the globe I hope to study extra from them,” mentioned Hay-Swemmer.

She grew to become an honorary member of Golden Key in 2007, based mostly on benefit and her contributions in direction of constructing the management expertise of scholars. 

On the College of the Free State, she served for six years because the Golden Key Chapter Advisor with nice distinction.  Throughout this era, the Free State Chapter obtained a number of golden awards, based mostly on their contributions to excel in management, academically and in group engagement.

In 2015 she was elected to function a member of the Golden Key board and her consequent re-election for 3 full phrases – a complete of 10 years, will terminate in 2025.  

She is presently the one that represents all universities in South Africa and infrequently serves as a sounding board for the SA Regional Director.

Being concerned in service actions has at all times been a serious a part of her life.

Hay-Swemmer mentioned her experiences, from serving in advising capacities on each the nationwide and worldwide board, taught her the significance of correct governance ideas, moral lead establishments and to by no means compromise herself.

“I’m the form of one that want to see people and communities’ existence bettering, that they’re properly sorted and that they’ve hope.”

She believes that the extra you get entangled the extra you achieve.

“There isn’t any doubt that involvement within the chapter committees results in particular experiences and opens processes of thought and studying that will in any other case not be doable in an abnormal educational programme.”

She added that experiences just like the service actions supplied by means of Golden Key depart an indelible mark on the pondering of the brilliant younger folks that be a part of.

“Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans GK held a global summit there. Our service venture was to assist the aged whose homes had been fully flooded and who had misplaced all their possessions within the flooding. Once they have been compelled to return to their outdated houses which had been lifted off their foundations and shifted by 5 to fifteen° by the ability of the water, they have been too poor to have the ability to recreate what that they had misplaced. The GK contributors at that summit descended upon the realm in varied working teams. The 600 plus college students and a small variety of advisers restored overgrown gardens, carried out important upkeep inside homes, painted and rebuilt broken elements of houses, however above all by means of their enthusiasm and heat gave these left on this space a brand new sense of hope.”

She encourages college students to affix Golden Key.  

“Membership entitles college students to incorporate the truth that they’re within the high 15% of performing college students within the vary of levels for which they’re registered. This marks them out as probably excessive performing future workers. As well as, their involvement within the actions of the GK chapters helps to imbue in them the ethos of service, the significance of management, and the great thing about enriching their minds by means of their educational excellence.

Hay-Swemmer mentioned her dream was that CPUT college students will make use of the chance “and I might like to get entangled as a mentor for our Chapter Advisor”.