DF outgoing coordinator, Sandra Fong penned the following as a farewell note prior to her departure for studies in the UK
“Dear dialogue participants, DF partners, colleagues, and friends
Tomorrow is my last day with the Dialogue Fiji Secretariat. It has been an amazing 3 year journey with DF and I have prospered professionally and personally because of the amazing people I had the opportunity to meet and work with.
Thank you to the Dialogue Fiji committee who had more trust and confidence in me than I had in myself.
Thank you for providing endless support especially during the early days of DF with early morning meetings, late night discussions, and driving around the island for presentations and attending dialogue events.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment and continuous guidance especially on days when I was stuck and frustrated. Thank you for looking out for my health and even providing herbal medicine for me when I was sick.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a diverse group who believed in the need for dialogue and have a common dream for Fiji.
Thank you for continuing to dialogue and advocating for dialogue even on the days when you were suffering from a little 'dialogue fatigue'.
To the DF participants, thank you for the wonderful time we’ve shared, for opening your homes to me and sharing your stories and delicious food.
You continue to amaze me with the great work you do in your communities and inspire me to be more resourceful as I learn how so much can still be done with so little.
Thank you for trusting in the process and spreading the dialogue culture.
Thank you to the facilitators, the DF team and those who provided technical support to make the dialogues successful.
Thank you to the old DF team and the new DF team for your hard work and sacrificing your weekends to come into the office for a meeting, to pack or to travel somewhere which sometimes felt like the amazing race.
Thank you to all of you who provided support to Dialogue Fiji and especially to me from its early days in 2009, providing financial and technical support, providing a space for me to work, allowing access to your printers, internet, fax and phones and sharing your knowledge and ideas with me.
The decision to leave Dialogue Fiji was not an easy one especially during such a special time in Fiji but I leave DF with a new team who have new skills, fresh ideas and lots of energy to continue the dialogues and take it to a greater level.
I hope that you will continue to give the team the unwavering support that you gave me.
While I may not be with DF physically, I will certainly continue to provide my support in whatever way possible to the team and the process.
For those who wish to continue communication with me and do not already have my personal email address, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
For Dialogue Fiji matters, you can contact Fanny Fiteli, my successor, on email email@example.com
Vinaka and Moce mada!”