Last week on Tuesday, Mahi Mihinare bid a heartfelt farewell to a remarkable leader, Karen Morrison-Hume, who retired after 27 years of dedicated service as Tumu Whakarae, CEO. The farewell celebration was a poignant event that brought together a diverse group of people to honor Karen's incredible contributions to the mission and the community.
The event was graced by the presence of many including Tumuaki Hone Tamihana, former staff, members of the Anglican Faith and representatives from the Salvation Army, Methodist, Catholic and Presbyterian churches. Some of the current Hamilton City Councilors and former mayors were also present, alongside Karen's family and friends of the mission. It was a testament to the profound impact Karen had on people from various walks of life. Her work extended far beyond the boundaries of her role, touching the hearts of many.
The speeches and acknowledgments were deeply moving, with individuals from all corners of Karen's life expressing their gratitude and appreciation. They shared stories of her dedication, unwavering commitment to justice through service, and her extraordinary leadership.
Karen's legacy is one of compassion, dedication, and tireless advocacy for justice. Her unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of our tangata whaiora, has left an indelible mark on the mission and the community it serves. Her retirement is not a farewell but a transition into a new chapter, as her influence and inspiration will continue to echo through the hearts and minds of those she has touched.
As Karen embarks on a new journey, we express our gratitude for her profound contributions and offer our warmest wishes for a well-deserved retirement. The farewell celebration was a beautiful tribute to her remarkable legacy, and her spirit will forever be a guiding light for Mahi Mihinare and the community it serves.