2016 is well under way and already we are past the half way mark. I hope you all have enjoyed the summer and are now staying warm and well during the winter season. This is a significant year as Bridgebuilders Trust celebrates 20 years of networking locally and on a global scale. The platform set in 1996 by the founding members is still relevant today, we continue to promote Equality for all, Peace and Justice for all and Family first projects. Our journey as Bridgebuilders has always been richly blessed by God, he continues to guide our path through all the challenges we have faced. The Bridgebuilders Network has a foundation of rock solid and loyal supporters to this day, that have made generous donations to the Trust to continue its many projects over the years. I wish to acknowledge and thank you all and may the Lord continue to bless you all always.
The Bridgebuilders Trust at its Annual General Meeting voted in their new Convenor Rose Tauetule. It is with delight that I take this role again for the next year. I would like to introduce the new board also this coming year - Jan Ngatae (Treasurer), Viv Wilson (Minute Secretary), confirmed Paton Jane Prichard, and committee members- Joan Robb, Dorothy Alofivae, Pennie Otto, Betty Campbell. Thank you to two new committee members Joan Robb and Betty Campbell for taking up this challenge. And also with sadness we have accepted the resignation of Jane Roby who has been on the committee for many years, she has contributed a lot towards the trust through helping refugees and producing her jams to sell. We thank and give her many blessings and good health through the years.
It is with delight that I also introduce our new Office Coordinate Nastasija Davies. Who has accepted to take up the office duties for the Trust. Nastasija brings a youthful presence along with a wealth of knowledge in customer service and computer skills to this role. The office is open Monday & Wednesday from 10am to 1pm.
Bridgebuilders Trust is working to organise a Panel Discussion evening on the 19th August 2016 on 'Bridging the Gaps: Gender Justice'. There many diverse cultures in the local community that are not treated fairly and their basic fundamental rights and not being meet by our justice and legal systems. We will be advertising this event by the end of this month. The Panel will be chaired by Judge Recordan. I invite you all this important evening of discussion.
We have will have more events to come and will advertise them online in the coming months.
I wish you well and blessings for the coming week.