Although a citizen of Avondale, Dr Gilbert Valentine is better understood as a citizen of the world who has contributed with distinction to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on four continents and in scores of countries. The pastor, educator, administrator, theologian and historian receives the college of higher education’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement award for personifying with passion and skill the Avondale motto, “A Greater Vision.”
Alastair and Jillian Macgillivray will be shocked when they realise Avondale Alumni is recognising their life work in the presentation of the Alumnus and Alumna of the Year awards at Homecoming 2018. But what else would we expect? The couple have lived lives of self-effacing service, much of it as volunteers in the Pacific islands, relying on God to open doors, provide food and resources and show the way.
The relationships Calvin Chuang formed at Avondale created opportunities that exceeded his goals and enabled him to help people—the communicator’s filmed at hospitals and orphanages in Africa, Asia and South America and now directs the Alumni Association for the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University. The alumnus of 2008 receives a citation at Homecoming 2018 for dedication to helping people live fulfilling lives.
Tamara Peach studied business and worked as an accountant and finance advisor for church and charity before following a long-held dream into midwifery. Now she is recognised for her role as a mentor of students. The alumna of 1998 receives a citation at Homecoming 2018 for commitment to delivering quality humanitarian and human services.
A generation of young adults can attest: Pr Tony Knight is an advocate. “My years in youth ministry have indelibly etched in my mind the importance of speaking up for those who have no voice,” he says. The alumnus of 1988 receives a citation at Homecoming 2018 for going beyond better for those who deserve best.
Hurstville Adventist School in Sydney is Neva Taylor’s current mission field. She’s the principal, and she’s passionate about the people whom and with whom she serves. The Class of 1978 is honouring Neva at Homecoming 2018 as a woman of faith who puts people first.