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Queens Birthday Honours 2022: Gabrielle-Sisifo Makisi (QSM)
Updates / News , 21 Jun 22
Founder of Vinepa Trust - a Pasifika Futures partner - Gabrielle-Sisifo Makisi, has been honored with a Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services to Pacific Communities and Education, in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2022.

Mrs Sisifo-Makisi has served Pacific communities in the field of education for a number of years and in a recent talanoa for 531 PI, she expresses gratitude for the recognition of the work she has had the privilege of being a part of. 

“When I was advised I’d been nominated I was a little bit mā [embarrassed/shy] because it’s not just me, it’s a collective that does everything.

The QSM is about what we do in the community and what we do because of the daughters and sons we are of our parents, so to get recognition for that is fabulous. When it was announced, my community and my family were really chuffed.”

Throughout her years of service, she reflects on the opportunity she has had to be a part of helping make a difference in people’s lives. 

“Education is where you make the difference; it’s where you can make a difference to a family and to a community. 

It’s the ability to allow people to dream and to be able to support them through that and it’s about excellence. Our kids are clever, our parents are motivated; so it’s about supporting them in whatever sphere.”

As she continues to serve Pacific communities, Mrs Sisifo-Makisi encourages people to keep aspiring to be the best versions of themselves. 

“You’re important, you can make a difference, dream and go for it. Nothing beats hard work. Be worth the sacrifice your parents and grandparents made to bring you here. No matter what comes your way, keep going well.”

Watch the full talanoa here.

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Date: Tuesday 21 June 2022