It was the end of the “Entrepreneurship Project” during my MBA at Oxford and my team was presenting our idea for an “uber-for-veges” that we’d been working on over the past few months. Going into the presentation, I was excited about our idea - but it was only that, an idea, not something that would actually happen. As our last powerpoint slide flashed off the screen, Pamela drilled into me with her fierce blue eyes: “So what do you need to make this happen?”
A few words, spoken as a challenge, but with an important element of encouragement mixed in. A few words that implied two important things - one that it actually could happen, and two that I should focus on tangible steps to making it happen. Those words took my focus from some far off dream, to the possibility that allowed me to think through how to make that dream a reality. Over the following weeks, Pamela helped me think about tangible steps - team, funding, and meeting with others in the sector.
It’s amazing how a few words spoken from the right person, at the right time, can change your course in life. And I think Pamela had a knack for finding the right words at the right time to change many peoples' lives for the better.
What an amazingly powerful talent to have. The world is a far richer place because of you Pamela.
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.