A PILLAR OF SOCIETY
If you weigh up 10 Difference Makers in South Africa, a Pro Bono Pastoral Counsellor and UCT Faculty of Commerce Alumni Mentor, PR Councillor for Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Council, Democratic Alliance Women’s Network Provincial Chairperson and SANCA Sanpark Board Member, you will come across Bea Campbell-Cloete, a noteworthy, respected and popular pillar of our society.
Helice “Sparky Bridges is the Founder and C.E.O. for Diﬀerence Makers International, a non-prot educational organization that teaches people of all ages how to create an environment where ALL people are appreciated, respected and loved, valued for their unique talents and empowered to reach their true potential. Helice is the creator of the world famous “Who I Am Makes A Diﬀerence”® Blue Ribbon Acknowledgment Ceremony. In the past 30 years, this message has impacted over 30 million people worldwide and has been translated into 11 languages.
The South African Chapter of the movement is under Management of Executive Director Julie B. Steynberg. She is known as the Mother of the IGNITE WHAT’S RIGHT™ global movement and the movement has been in South Africa since 2013. In October 2017, Bea Campbell-Cloete was awarded Top 10 Diﬀerence Maker South Africa for the Diﬀerence Makers International Organisation.
“Sometimes it takes one woman to realise that they are not dened by their past, that bad circumstances need not be the end of their world and through determination, forgiveness, humility and faith it is easy to imitate a Biblical life. I am one of those women, not the only one – merely one of a very large contingent around the world,” say Bea.
The road has not been easy for her and there has been times when Bea says she lost her way completely, but God always had a way to bring her back. What started as “When chains break – Harnessing the giant in you to become truly great”, turned into “God’s Buttery”. This movement aims to assist women to dig into their struggles, nd their power and be
the leaders and women they were meant to be. God’s Buttery is also part of the “Play your part South-Africa” movement. God’s Buttery assists young women (teenagers and young adults) to become the pillars of society. They are taught to deal with their past and use their inner strength to be the nurturers they were meant to be. “We want to help them to be the change that they want to be in the world. From this initiative, the Elasah Mentoring Initiative was launched in November 2018.
This Initiative aims to bring Girl learners in contact with Mentors that will assist and support them with life’s most problematic questions.” Bea adds that although a number of mentors have been identied, mentees are quite fearful of committing to mentors as they nd it hard to believe that they do not need to pay for this service. “We do help to have each mentee and mentors paired up by no later than February 2018.”
Bea also became involved with SANCA Sanpark where she started doing pro-bono counselling for service users. In 2017 she became a member of the Board. Shortly after she was elected at the DA Northwest Provincial Congress, as DA Women’s Network Northwest Chairperson.
“Bea Campbell-Cloete, thank you for your love and dedication towards SANCA Sanpark by having pastoral sessions with our Service Users to restore their religion to help them to maintain a sober life. You do it with so much love and passion and for free in your free time!” says a Sanpark spokesperson. MOJA Magazine salutes Bea for her unconditional love for her community!
MOJA Magazine – Living (February 2018)