2014: The Year That Was


2014 was a year of great progress for the Australian Young Christian Workers, filled with new challenges, triumphs, and friendships.

We saw the creation of the YCW ACTION Blog, the development of a new National Campaign, and the expansion of our movement.

As we welcomed new members, we also bid farewell to old members who will be starting new journeys come the year 2015.

On behalf of the AYCW we would like to wish out-going President Bridget Flood, National Treasurer Fred Sim, and National Mentor Jean Kerr Walsh all the very best on their respective journeys as they each begin new chapters in their life.

These individuals breathed their hearts and souls into the YCW movement and in so doing, touched the lives of others with their commendable leadership skills and unwavering passion for empowering young people to aspire to be dignified and positive leaders in their communities.

Collectively and individually, they carried out the legacy of YCW founder Joseph Cardijn with integrity and solidarity- using the ‘See, Judge, Act’ process and helping young people to serve, educate, and represent.

” You don’t find leaders—you form them,” – Joseph Cardijn

As we draw the year 2014 to a close, we take this time to commend all the members, volunteers, and young leaders who strive to carry out Joseph Cardijn’s legacy in the form of dignified work, and who have contributed to the thriving success of the AYCW in 2014 and will continue to do so into the New Year.

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?” (Annie) 

bridgeEleven years ago I was given the wonderful opportunity to come along to the start of a YCW group – if only I knew back then what doors it would open for me!
As I take my leave from the YCW I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the YCW members who have inspired me, the mentors that guided me and the friends and colleagues which gave me courage along the way. The amount of support, friendship and love that I have received over the years was unexpected, but greatly appreciated.
Best wishes to the new leaders of the YCW – you are the true example of what the YCW is all about and I am so proud of who you have become.
Merry Christmas to you all and I look forward to meeting you again, somewhere down the path.

-Bridget Flood


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