Government Director re-elected onto worldwide honour society board

The Government 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 robust relationships with over 400 universities world wide.

“I really feel certainly honoured because it doesn’t typically 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 so much about greatest practices in worldwide company governance, the judiciary obligations 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 be taught extra from them,” mentioned Hay-Swemmer.

She turned an honorary member of Golden Key in 2007, primarily based on benefit and her contributions in the direction of constructing the management abilities 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 acquired a number of golden awards, primarily based on their contributions to excel in management, academically and in neighborhood 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 at the moment the one who 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 significant 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 sort of one who want to see people and communities’ life 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 a doubt that involvement within the chapter committees results in particular experiences and opens processes of thought and studying that may in any other case not be potential in an peculiar tutorial programme.”

She added that experiences just like the service actions provided by way of Golden Key go away an indelible mark on the considering of the intense younger those that be part of.

“Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans GK held a world summit there. Our service mission was to assist the aged whose homes had been fully flooded and who had misplaced all their possessions within the flooding. After they have been compelled to return to their previous 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 individuals at that summit descended upon the realm in numerous 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 way 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 prime 15% of performing college students within the vary of levels for which they’re registered. This marks them out as doubtlessly 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 way of their tutorial excellence.

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