I learned so many things from Pamela. From the moment we first met I knew I had found my path – and that path was to find a way to work more closely with her! I remember flying to see her at her beautiful home in France back in 2008 - having just arrived in the UK to be with the man that would become my husband. We spent the day in the sun on her porch – mountains in the background – talking about social entrepreneurship and how we could make ideas from The Power of Unreasonable People come to life.
Pamela brought me into this incredible space of social change and taught me the importance of making thoughtful, action-oriented connections between people. She made these connections with generosity, honesty, authenticity and energy – she knew the best way to solve a problem was to find fellow travellers and to build tribes. Pamela also had an unparalleled ability to convene those she connected – be it at an event, in a boardroom, in a classroom or over a dinner.
Pamela cared about people. Deeply. I loved seeing her excitement whenever she had new photos of her beloved grandchildren. Or news about a student doing extraordinary things in the world. Whenever I was with her our conversations blended between work, life, love and everything in between. I will miss these conversations more than I can probably process right now.
Pamela was fearless, direct, loving and a true global treasure. She lifted people up and helped them fly high. She said what she thought with conviction and courage, even if it went against the prevailing tide.
But I think the things I will miss most about Pamela cannot be put into words. They are feelings. Because she made me feel so differently.
Big hugs, Pamela. You will be remembered and loved forever.
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.