Congratulations to well-known journalist,Mr Scott Waide and senior mine executive, Mr Musje Werror for walking away with the Divine Word University’s (DWU) “Distinguished Alumnae of the Year”award on Wednesday 21st August, 2019.
Mr Waide, EMTV’s Lae Bureau News Chief and Mr Werror Deputy CEO and General Manager for Ok Tedi Mining Ltd’s External Relations received their awards in two different categories in a ceremony that commemorated the DWU Foundation Day and Alumni Day at the Madang campus.
The President of DWU, Professor Cecilia Nembou in her welcome address thanked the two men for accepting the nominations and for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the ceremony and receive their awards.
“In congratulating both awardees who have exemplified the values that DWU stands for in their chosen career parts, I am also proud to say that the majority of staff at this University are DWU Alumni,” Professor Nembou said.
Mr Musje Werror who comes from Madang Province and graduated from DWU in 2012, is a recipient for the 2019 Distinguished Alumnae Award in the category of “Service to Society”. Werror, a most senior national in Ok Tedi’s workforce is recognized to have exhibited integrity and demonstrated commitment through an interest in bettering the lives of others.
“Thank you DWU, I am honored to be recognized and to have my name engraved into the Alumni Wall of Fame. This moment would not have been possible if not for the sheer determination of my late father (Moses Werror) who passed on in April this year.
“He has been very supportive since day one and throughout my journey,” said an emotional Mr Werror.
Attending the ceremony with Mr Musje Werror was as a rather surprised Mrs Werror.
Mr Werror’s mother who with tears of a proud mother in her eyes ‘off the record’confirmed, that she had no idea that her son was receiving an award. She said he had only asked her to visit Divine Word University with him that morning and she had only found out at the Ceremony.
Mr Scott Westa Murray Waide who comes from the Oro Province and graduated from Divine Word University in 1996, is a recipient of the “2019 DWU Distinguished Alumnae of the Year” award in the category of ‘Achievement’, for attaining prominence in his chosen career as a journalist and is well-known throughout the nation.
Waide is regarded as one of the finest journalist in PNG and a leader and role model in investigative journalism, who goes out of his way to the remote parts of PNG to gather information and produce reports that would not have been reported. With the passionate drive in what he does, he also invests his time in mentoring and training upcoming journalists.
“One of many important lessons I’ve learnt and have imitated was from the previous DWU President, Fr Jan Czuba. Fr Jan says ‘When you want something to grow plant the seed, nurture it and as soon as it grows, step back and take pleasure in watching it grow,” said Mr Waide.
He pointed out, that his time in DWU was through a time of transition from type-writers to using computers for the first time.
He also mentioned that another key message he took out of DWU from Fr Jan Czuba, is to see the big picture, reach out to the community and never be self-centered.
“I came out of instances where I was almost shot, it has been a crazy ride but it was worth it, thank you Divine Word University,” Mr Waide concluded.
The Awards were presented by DWU’s longest serving council member Sir Peter Barter to both awardees, whose achievements and contributions bring honor and prestige to Divine Word University and its Alumni Association.