We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of Juli Dugdale, long-time YWCA member, staff member and volunteer. Having worked with both the Australian and World YWCAs, Julie’s loss is being mourned across the international movement.
Nive Sharat Chandran, Vice President of the World Board and representative of Aotearoa New Zealand, shares this tribute.
Juli Dugdale will forever hold a deep place in many people's hearts in the YWCA movement, especially here in Aotearoa and across the Pacific. Juli had a special relationship with the Pacific and was an incredible supporter of the young women there. She was humble, gracious, loving, caring, dedicated, passionate and had a generous heart. She embodied the YWCA's vision of 'transformative leadership' with extraordinary vision and foresight, and helped empower generations of young women leaders around the world.
Every time I think of her, all I can think of is the legacy she has left through all of us who had the privilege of knowing her. We all hope to carry on that legacy.
You will be missed, Juli. Rest in power.
“Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane” - Whakataukī (Māori proverb)
“The totara has fallen in the forest of Tane”