Twenty-three emerging leaders from the public and private sector have graduated from the Leadership Samoa Programme 2016.
The graduates, families, colleagues and friends celebrated their achievements at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Building on Friday evening.
The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, spoke on behalf of the government to congratulate the members of the 2015-2016 class. In addressing the graduates, he highlighted the importance of leadership.
“The skills of a true leader, I believe, comes from within each individual and are reflected through actions and words to project to others how we each view the world as individuals,” said Tuitama.
“It is therefore important that leaders focus on the positive and most particularly this focus is founded on a pure heart and do well. This I believe is how leaders motivate and inspire others to achieve a common set of goals that will ultimately benefit others.”
He encouraged them to remain positive always.
“Leaders promote positive attitudes and look for opportunities in places where others may only see challenges, problems and obstacles,” said Tuitama.
“Objective leaders is founded on the willingness to inspire others, to learn more and use the knowledge that each have to support each other to do better for the good of all.”
Lastly, he spoke about the importance of integrity.
“Being a leader takes courage, discipline and determination,” he said.
“While a great leader can bring success, it may also come at the cost of being just … do not let negativity of others capture your spirit.”
“My message to you as future leaders of Samoa is to take solace and encourage you to go with the messages of the bible which teaches us to look towards and always do good that our action will benefit others.
“Do not look into your own interest but to each of us place the interest of others first and in this I believe we will each find true comfort and inspiration.
“I encourage you all to use the knowledge and skills that you each have to inspire others to want to work towards positive goals to learn more, do more and to contribute to the positive development and work of our people and our nation.”
LIST OF GRADUATES:
Acquina Resina Time-Fiu – National Health Services, Albine Luciani Leafa- Ford Samoa, Anna Tofoipupu Palepoi – CCK Samoa Ltd, Mulitalo Bernie Tauaane – MNRE, Eka Slade – British American Tobacco, Eneleata Samau – FEXCO Money Transfer Ltd, Tiumalu Folototo Lavea-Leaumoana – BSP, Fata Chris Aluni – SBEC, Tiatia Graeme Tualaulelei – Office of the Legislative Assembly, Julia Lemisio-Sititi – DBS, Karla Luaao Leota – CBS, Maoiautele Brigitta Faafiti Lo Tam – Self Employed, Margaret Agnes Misiolo-Fruean – NHS, Marina Keil – Waste Management Ltd, Nanai Saolotoga Faasavalu – MESC, Sefulu Salesulu Patu – Sebastian Clarence Foundation, Sheena Uputaua Lesa – SNPF, Talaole Alutusi Ah Poe – SNPF, Tunumafono Tolugauvale Matai-Uatisone – NUS, Tapuni Tanielu Suesue – NHS, Tapuai Posi Tapuai – SPA, Tuugalei Lesa – LDS Pesega Primary School, Victoria Petelo Asiata – Ford Samoa