“Absolutely amazing” says teary Malie Faalavaau

18 May 2018

Malie Faalavaau with SouthSeas CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo

A passion to help vulnerable families and a drive to see them succeed in life has seen Malie Faalavaau recognised for her hard work and dedication.

Malie works as a Navigator for SouthSeas, looking after families registered in the Whānau Ora programme.

Last year, Malie took home the Navigator of the Year Award at the Pacific Whānau Ora Awards Dinner hosted by Pasifika Futures at Te Warewaka o Poneke in Wellington.

Malie described her reaction as “absolutely amazing and shocking but blessed.”

The Awards provided the opportunity to recognise individuals and Pacific Whānau Ora partners who have been outstanding in their services to vulnerable families.

“The Award acknowledge those who deserve special recognition for their service and commitment to the Pacific Community,” says Pasifika Futures CEO Debbie Sorensen.

To Malie, the navigator role is self-rewarding and it’s all about listening and working with struggling families.

“I am in a very unique space like other Navigators working with the most vulnerable families in our communities,” says Malie.

“Put simply, it’s all about the needs of our Pacific families. This means we are able to work with them and assist them to be self-reliant and meet their family goals.”

“I did not expect an Award. I do my job, as I am passionate to help those families that are struggling day in and day out.”

“The Whānau Ora model works. We have many families approach SouthSeas in different situations, with different needs, and we always try and work with them because it is not a case of asking what SouthSeas or Whānau Ora can do for them, but instead helping them to help themselves.”

“I have assisted many families and most have benefited from Whānau Ora programme.”

“Being recognised as the Navigator of the Year for Whānau Ora Work is a huge privileged for me, my family, and for SouthSeas.”

Lydia Teatao, Team Leader SouthSeas Healthcare says Malie’s accomplishment was fully supported by the team who were familiar with her work in the Whānau Ora space, and it is a fantastic recognition of the work she put in to help vulnerable families.

 “Whānau Ora commitment is focused on improving outcomes for our most vulnerable families and I am pleased to be an award recipient for this programme, and I also get to experience the wonders of Whānau Ora, which can be both wonderful and heart-breaking.”

“I feel very proud and humbled to be recognised and we work hard in SouthSeas to continue to make a substantial difference. I feel exceptionally lucky to be part of a team that allows me to work in this space to serve our communities and families,” says Malie.

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