It is with sadness that I relay the news that I have resigned from my position with The Voice Inc. as Executive Director effective on the 19th of February 2016.

When I reflect on the amazing nine years of being in the drivers seat of TVI I can only be in awe of how an idea in the minds of a few is making waves in our Universities in the country. When I made a decision in my room in June 2009 as a young faith filled legal trainee to put my career ambitions aside to be a policy lawyer to build The Voice I did not know where the path would take me. Seven years on I can see the fruit of that decision and it has truly been worth every sacrifice.

I have felt for a while that it was time to move on from an operational role with TVI to a place where I can contribute towards the strategy and governance of the organization and focus on building our alumni and professional network. PNG has huge challenges before it and it needs capable and visionary men and women who are willing to rise as solution providers in every facet of society to answer the cries of the millions who have little to no access to opportunities.

My decision to hand over leadership has come after much consultation and reflection about the stage of growth the organization is at. When I had resigned from Gadens Lawyers on the 4th of April in 2011 to step into a full time role with TVI I had done so to establish the operational systems of TVI and write up the program strategy. We had less than K10,000 in our bank account and big dreams. Five years on we have managed to accomplish all the major milestones that I wanted to achieve. These milestones include:

  • Establishing three Centres for Leadership in three of our leading state run Universities;
  • We have a Company Limited by guarantee in Australia called “Friends of The Voice Australia” where we run fundraising drives out of;
  • Securing long term funding from project partners for the roll out of the clean generation campaign and leadership development program;
  • We have a radio program and magazine that we produced that have reached thousands of young people;
  • We have a secure and low cost office that we rent;
  • We have built our credibility as an organization
  • And most importantly I leave a highly competent, passionate, dedicated and committed staff team.

As leaders I believe our first and foremost responsibility is to reduplicate our vision in the lives of others and I can honestly say our current staff team carries the vision and heart of TVI-they have given me the confidence to hand the baton on.

So what am I moving onto next? I have started my dream job as a Policy Lawyer with the PNG Department of Justice and Attorney General. Under my care are two projects, namely, the implementation of the National Action Plan on Sorcery and Witchcraft Related Violence and the Implementation of the Family Protection Act. Both issues resonate very closely with me because I want to make sure that I contribute to making sure our children have safer communities and homes to live in where peace and justice reign.

At this juncture I would like to take this time to thank you for being an amazing part of my journey with TVI. None of our success would have been possible without the love and support of our growing community who have given their time, skills, finances and networks to expand and grow our vision. Formal announcements will be made shortly about our New Management Team and Board of Directors appointments. I ask that you give them the same support that you have given me.

With love and an abundance of blessings,

Serena Sumanop

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