Our very own Rev Emile Pacifique has won an annual Trish Glen award, given by his employer, Pathways Health, to employees around the country who “make an exceptional contribution to Pathways and the people we support, and who clearly embody the values of Pathways,” according to their website.
Pathways is a provider of community-based mental health, addiction and wellbeing services, and Emile works there as a support worker, in addition to his responsibility as leader of the Journey Rwandan Fellowship in the Hutt Valley, part of our movement. Emile’s award winner’s profile says: “Emile works with compassion, integrity and a deep sense of care for all the people he supports. His belief in people is unending and his ability to develop meaningful connections that enable people to safely explore new possibilities is inspiring.”
Emile and his family arrived in New Zealand from Rwanda, via several other countries, having left as refugees. He spoke at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on Commonwealth Day last year about his experience, and told attendees that he was always encouraged by Jesus’ command to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul… and love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matt 22:37-39). His winner’s profiletestifies that Emile’s work is an embodiment of this command: “Emile… deeply cares about others before himself.”
Congratulations, Emile! We celebrate with you, and thank you for your example.