CEO of Bendigo YMCA, Jane Robson and out of school hours educator Tom Matthysson who will be CEO for a Day. Photographed at Y House Bendigo. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY


Bendigo Regional YMCA will be headed today by young leader Tom Matthyssen as part of the annual YMCA CEO For a Day initiative.

YMCAs right across Australia are taking part in the event.

Bendigo YMCA CEO Jane Robson said the CEO For a Day initiative is an opportunity to demonstrate the commitment to empowering and inspiring young people.

Mr Matthyssen will have the ears of both the YMCA board and senior leadership team, and will share and seek feedback on his idea based on an area he is passionate about.

Mr Matthyssen applied to be this year’s CEO For a Day in March and was selected for his enthusiastic response to wanting to learn more about how a nonprofit organisation like the YMCA is run, and how he might use the opportunity to advocate for other young people employed across local YMCA sites.

“I’m really looking forward to being CEO and sharing my ideas around how we can support staff to recognise and embrace their purpose at work, which not only increases their feeling happier and more fulfilled, but means we can provide better service to our service users,” Mr Matthyssen said.