New Zealand-based Board Member of the Samoa Victim Support Group, Pastor Jeremy Faumuina, has won the Pacific Peoples Award in Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand this week.
The award ceremony culminates the Social Work Conference Rangatiratanga | Empowering whānau & Social Work Leadership.
In a statement after the ceremony Pastor Jeremy said he is grateful and humbled to win the award.
“I’m so passionate about our indigenous people and what we bring to the table,” he sad.
“The fact I got to share the moment with amazing legends in the game was a highlight..
“I share this award with my community who nominated me. Thank you.”
“To have my wife Shelley Gibb-Faumuina with me was the best as she gets the real award for putting up with me!” he adds affectionately.
“And then sharing vā space with our son Cooper the following day, presenting our story through our Sāmoan narrative and the work SVSG does in Samoa, was a beautiful way to finish the day.”
Pastor Jeremy and wife Shelley Faumuina together with their children are long time supporters of SVSG, in particular, the Campus of Hope.
Over the years, Pastor Jeremy and his family have hosted a program in Christchurch where young girls from the Campus of Hope would spend 3 months to experience life outside of Samoa, as part of their rehabilitation program.
The family have contributed financially to the children’s wellbeing through financial donation and visitations.
Pastor Jeremy’s latest visit to Samoa was in July this year, attending the SVSG Saving Lives Fundraising Event, in support of SVSG’s work.
SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang congratulated Pastor Jeremy and Shelly Faumuina on behalf of the SVSG Board and all its members for an achievement in the social work practice space in New Zealand.
“We are proud of you and your compassionate towards the most vulnerable. We will celebrate in style when you next visit.”