Christian World Service said thank you and farewell to long serving International Programmes Coordinator Trish Murray who retired in February.
Jill Hawkey, on behalf of the CWS Board, acknowledged Trish’s development expertise and the way she worked on the basis of true partnership, a model integral to CWS’s ethos.
Former president of the Methodist Women’s Fellowship, Dianne Claughton, spoke of their work together on the Special Project and their deep respect for Trish.
International partners sent multiple messages and videos, expressing their thanks and appreciation. Tamil Nadu fisherwomen, Board members of the Centre for Community Solidarity in Uganda and other partners spoke with warmth of Trish’s contribution over the last 18 years.
In her message, Bimla Chandrasekaran from Ekta, working for gender justice in South India, summed up Trish’s legacy.
“She was that kind of a person who would understand the ground realities and challenges faced by us. She was always open to our difficulties and together we were able to sort out our problems. The feedback on our reports was always very constructive and helped us to strengthen our reporting.”
Rob Wayne has taken over the position of International Programmes Coordinator, and Lorraine Borrmeister and Kathlene Soo are CWS’s new International Programmes Officers.