Salvation Army officer has a heart for people

THE Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards showcase and celebrate positive male role models in the Gisborne community. In the lead-up to the awards ceremony on June 23, The Gisborne Herald is running short profiles on each of the nominees.

THE Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards showcase and celebrate positive male role models in the Gisborne community. In the lead-up to the awards ceremony on June 23, The Gisborne Herald is running short profiles on each of the nominees.

David McEwen

GISBORNE Salvation Army corps officer David McEwen has been nominated as one of the Tairawhiti Men of the Year.

“He has a heart for people,” his nomination says.

“This is evident in the interest he takes in those he has the privilege of ministering to during the week, whether in a church setting or in the office.

“This is particularly evident as he interacts with the families who attend our Whanau Focus programme.

“David intentionally seeks out opportunities to encourage and equip men in their most important role: to be a positive role model in their own families.

“David’s positive mentoring is also seen in the positive response of the children and young people attending the Whanau Focus group.

“David shows respect through his tone of voice, applying listening skills, time he spends and interest he shows.

“His role modelling to the young people, and their fathers and mothers, has resulted in the children and young people’s parents starting to imitate David in tone of voice, and we even note improvement in body language.

“This engagement is rewarded by the improved attitudes of the young people, with them responding positively in the group, with their whanau member, schooling and also within their community.”

GISBORNE Salvation Army corps officer David McEwen has been nominated as one of the Tairawhiti Men of the Year.

“He has a heart for people,” his nomination says.

“This is evident in the interest he takes in those he has the privilege of ministering to during the week, whether in a church setting or in the office.

“This is particularly evident as he interacts with the families who attend our Whanau Focus programme.

“David intentionally seeks out opportunities to encourage and equip men in their most important role: to be a positive role model in their own families.

“David’s positive mentoring is also seen in the positive response of the children and young people attending the Whanau Focus group.

“David shows respect through his tone of voice, applying listening skills, time he spends and interest he shows.

“His role modelling to the young people, and their fathers and mothers, has resulted in the children and young people’s parents starting to imitate David in tone of voice, and we even note improvement in body language.

“This engagement is rewarded by the improved attitudes of the young people, with them responding positively in the group, with their whanau member, schooling and also within their community.”

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