It's so hard to imagine our work and the Centre without her. Her energy was unstoppable, her rolodex (yes, she did still have a rotating card holder!) unmatched, and her ability to connect people to achieve great things will be forever missed.
My life has certainly been shaped by Pamela - everything from my fellow Skoll Scholar husband and the Skoll-inspired baby in my belly to many aspects of the way I view the world.
I know she would want us to dry the tears and get on with trying to fix some global problems. I think there will certainly be more tears for a bit, but I know so many people who will work to honour her in their lives by continuing to do work they care about, inspired by her lead. I will of course try to do the same, though it will be hard without the world's best connector, barrier breaker, and champion pushing you on. Pamela, are so missed.
regards. Eileen Lim, Singapore
I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is one of the most painful experiences we can go through, but it can be comforting to know that humans were never meant to endure such pain. In fact, we were never meant to die. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God “put eternity in [our] heart.” God also promises us in Psalms 37: 29 that “the righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” It's nice to know that we won't have to endure such tragedy and suffering for much longer. A website that I find comforting is jw.org. It's a Bible-based website that talks about all the promises that God has for the future. I hope it can provide some light during this difficult time.
With Sincerity, Abby
We became fast friends and I followed her career as she went on to influence and help shape so many other areas of social justice work.
I was suppose to get together with Pamela for the first weekend in May of this year, but I screwed up the dates in my calendar. I knew she had been battling cancer but the last time we spoke she insisted she was doing fine. I so regret that I didn't do more to rearrange my schedule so we could spend time together. I had no idea that time was so precious.
I was forever inspired by Pamela's energy, passion, and strategic vision. She will be sorely missed by us all.