A Message from CIWOT President
Empowered Women Empower Women
Firstly, I would like to say Thank you to everyone who voted for me as your new President.
Christine has done a truly amazing job of being our President, and I am eternally grateful to her for her mentoring, constant patience, caring, and support over the past 5 years, not just as a member, but as the Vice President. I have learned a huge amount from Christine, and now know that I can take all that Christine has taught me to be your President.
Since leaving school I have been fortunate enough to have had a huge variety of experiences in my life, some bad, but, mostly good. My training started with Secretarial skills at school, where I went on to work for Customs and Excise as it was known then, I then went to work for British Telecom in the admin department, halfway through my years there I was given the opportunity to train as a Telephone Engineer, installing phone lines, and so much more.
During that time, I returned to the Sea Cadet Corps in Southampton as a Civilian Instructor, was then promoted to Petty Officer and eventually to Sub Lieutenant, where after British Telecom I then went on work for the Sea Cadets at HMS Excellent, Portsmouth in their training school for Adults and Cadets.
It was whilst I was working at BT, and volunteering at the Sea Cadets that I met my husband Nick. We married in 1992 and now have two grown-up children. George our eldest is working in the UK and Harriet is at South Wales University in Cardiff studying film making.
We moved to Cyprus in 2000, in 2002 I started my own company – Sun Fun Clothing, selling UV swimsuits for Adults and Children. I stopped in 2006. I then went on to work for a school in Limassol for 2 years as a Secretary. I have also during my time in Cyprus volunteered with other parents on the Committee for the 53rd St Barnabas Scout group, this was for 6 years, I then joined the Air Training Corps at Akrotiri. During my time there I instructed new cadets on the ways of the organisation and was Training Officer/First Aid officer, this I did for 4 years.
It was during my time at the Air Cadets that I joined CIWOT. the first big event I volunteered for was Art of Giving in 2014. Since then I have joined many committees, helped organise events, attended many wonderful workshops and Fun and Friendship events. I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful, talented, empowered women from all over the world.
It is because of these wonderful women that I have chosen my theme as President to be: Empowered Women Empower Women. I have been empowered in so many ways by all the women I have met through CIWOT that my wish is to be that woman for CIWOT in the coming 2 years as your President.
It is because of CIWOT I have stepped out of my comfort zone and volunteered to join the Shakespeare community in Cyprus who are producing Hamlet at Kourium Amphitheatre this June and will be appearing with my husband as a Gravedigger- I even have lines to say!
CIWOT is a community, a family, a team and an inspiration to me, I hope that I can be that for you!
Click on each woman to see a brief bio
Linda Rich - PresidentLinda has been in Cyprus since 2000, she has been married to her husband Nick since 1992 and has two grown up children, George is now working in London and Harriet is studying film making at South Wales University in Cardiff. She has been a member of CIWOT for 5 years, since joining CIWOT she has been involved in Art of Giving, Dance-a-thon, 10th Anniversary Gala dinner committees and many more events, she has enjoyed attending many workshops, fun and friendship events an
Claire Pillar- Vice PresidentClaire Pillar joined CIWOT in 2017. From the UK, she has been in Cyprus since 2012, and is a freelance editor. CIWOT is the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and make the most of life in general, and life in Cyprus in particular.
Stella Stylianou - Membership Co-oStella was born in Cyprus and grew up in Australia. She relocated to Cyprus in 1996. Her last position prior to leaving Sydney was at a firm of Public Accountants as Manager. In Limassol, she worked for Marine Insurance Brokerage firms; her last position held was Manager. She joined CIWOT January 2017 and has served as our Membership Co-ordinator for the previous and current term of office.
Ramona Onisor - Fun & Friendship CooRamona is a Life & Business Coach, Trainer, Speaker and Author, with a Master’s degree in Communication and Public Relations. Originally from Romania, she has been living in Cyprus since 2006. She is also the mother of 3 children.
Ramona is passionate about books, music, theater and people. She feels grateful to be part of CIWOT as she sees it as an opportunity to share her gifts and be of service as well to connect with like-minded people.