UK: Winner of the Grace Miller Award: Elna-Marie Fortune
Prepared by FFWPU UK (September 1, 2018)
lna-Marie Demonstrated devotion to God & True Parents Exemplary university student invests all the time possible into their weave assignments and leads South London HARP services for their second consecutive year now, and responsibility for the youth community even when others didn’t. She gives up time with their friends to prepare to let the younger ones have better HARP services. Grace Miller Award Winner Elna- Marie Fortune: How would you describe the attitude of the nominee? She is hard-working, realistic and very giving. In what ways has the nominee demonstrated devotion to God & True Parents?
She is an exemplary university student who travels over 2 hours a journey to and from Farnham from their home in South London, 5 days a week to invest all the time possible into university homework assignments. I’ve never seen someone dedicate so much time to her studies at such a consistent rate. She has never missed even one day. While doing this, she has also led South London HARP services for their second consecutive year now, which happen twice a month, along with a small team; but they have always been the one again consistently investing and taking responsibility for the youth community even when others didn’t. When she commits to something she follows through with their heart despite their personal difficulties.
How has the nominee balanced their commitments to family, education, career, community and other interests?
With utmost skill, focus and faith in people and themselves. She has become a time lord this year. In what ways has the nominee demonstrated the tradition of living for the sake of others?
Sometimes she would be too pressed for time to hang out with friends, do University and HARP all in one week. So sometimes they would sacrifice spending time with her friends in order to prepare to let the younger ones have better HARP services. Whenever I visited them though, she was always kind and serving, so she still cared about her good friends.
In what ways has the nominee demonstrated servant leadership and teamwork?
She always tried to get a team consensus and contribution before doing anything, in order to let everyone, take ownership of the local HARP committee as well as be happy with what was being created. She would always come early to church to set up even when others bailed out on them and always interacted with the HARPies. Any other reasons for nominating? I don’t think it has been the easiest team situation this year, but she still pulled through and gave her all to make sure the job was done. It’s sad this was how it had to go but her conscience didn’t let her give up. The amount of times she had to put together services on the day by herself because others bailed out or prepare the service materials alone or whatever would be enough to let any others give up. But somehow, she were able to work through all that.