2 March 2021, Apia Samoa. Samoa Life Assurance Corporation last week bid farewell to a woman who had given 42 years of service to the organisation.
Tolotea Afamasaga Sinclair joined the corporation just two years after it was established by Act of Parliament 1977.
Tolotea was employed as a typist, and retires 42 years later in the senior position of Principal IT.
In her long service with the corporation, Tolotea came to be affectionately known as “Mama” in the workplace.
In an interview with one of her granddaughters, Malnnie Nofoagatotoa, who topped NUS Foundation Arts last year, says her grandmother was also a mother figure to her work colleagues.
“She is a very straightforward person, and she will always correct a person so that he or she can do better”.
She says it was inspirational for them, growing up to observe their grandmother’s work ethics and commitment to her job.
“Just seeing her in uniform, hanging around the office during overtime, and the many years of being kids riding in the car to drop her off and pick her up from work..
“We all have memories of her with the Samoa Life Assurance Corporation, which has made her retirement so emotional for all of us,” she shares.
Tolotea’s story is one of perseverance and a testament that hard work and commitment can lead to a long career doing a job that you enjoy.
The office held an intimate gathering to commemorate Tolotea’s official retirement and applaud her long service, on Friday last week.
“We thank Tolotea Afamasaga Sinclair for her hard work during her time with Samoa Life and we wish her all the best in the future.