Blackheath CWA president says it's time to pass the torch

Retiring Blackheath CWA president Kathryn Hibbert.

Retiring Blackheath CWA president Kathryn Hibbert.

Serving as president of the Blackheath branch of the CWA was a privilege, says Kathryn Hibbert, who after six years has decided to step aside from the position.

"During that time our membership has increased and we have raised our profile," she said, during the branch's recent annual general meeting.

"We are a dynamic group of women working for the betterment of women and families in our community. I know that will continue under our new president."

Mrs Hibbert has been a branch member for the past decade. She has taken on numerous responsibilities in the CWA, both at local and regional levels and is a passionate advocate for a wide range of social justice issues.

Incoming branch president Rachel Ford paid tribute to Mrs Hibbert's leadership and great contribution to the CWA and community.

"It is a great honour to be elected president of the Blackheath Branch of the CWA and I look forward to following in the footsteps of the wonderful women who have held this position before me," she said.

"Our immediate past president, Kathryn Hibbert, has built a strong and vibrant branch ... our members have appreciated the calm and steadying influence that Kathryn has been during the challenges we have all faced over the last two years.

"Ware grateful that Kathryn is still a vibrant and active member of the CWA community, and know that many people look forward to purchasing her preserves and marmalades at our stalls, especially her famous whiskey marmalade."

Also stepping down from her role with the branch was cookery officer Kerrie Yealland.