MOT Women’s Month Feature: Christine Thomas

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August is Women’s Month in South Africa. It is the month dedicated to remembering the struggles of women, celebrating what we have achieved and continue to fight for what’s to come.

During Women’s Month, we will be profiling and interviewing our MOT women and hearing their thoughts on what it takes to be a strong woman these days.

Our first MOT Women’s Month Feature is Christine Thomas!

Christine is a MOT Coach and MOT Coordinator from False Bay TVET College, Fish Hoek Campus and winner of the Are Hovstad Award

Fun Facts:

What do you do in your free time?

Quality family time and me-time.

What famous women celebrity/ies do you admire and why?

Michelle Obama

What is your motto in life?

I am fearfully and wonderfully made. This is a verse from the Bible – Psalm 139:14


How did you win the Are Hovstad award?

I was nominated by one of my students, Pamela Jako who is also a Young MOTivator.

The Are Hovstad award was given as the first of its kind of our MOT AGM and Awards Ceremony in 2019. Jarl Are Hovstad was a founder Board member of MOT SA and was knighted by HRH King Harald of Norway, for his work in education and health on the Cape Flats. He was also awarded Western Cape Provincial Honours in the form of The Order of the Disa, including many more inspiring works.

In tribute to his legacy, the MOT SA Board decided to award a MOT Assosiciate who whole-heartedly displayed similar characteristics of our beloved Are Hovstad.

Christine received the award as she portrays the MOT values: Courage to Live, Courage to Care and Courage to say No, in her daily life and her interaction with others and continually displays the following:

  • Living life by being herself and by being proud of who she is
  • Shows respect for herself and others
  • Cares for herself and others
  • Spoke out when it was most needed
  • And above all, stood by her values

In her interview with the People Post journalist – Siphesihle Notwabaza in 2019, Christine shares that the award was unexpected because her work is driven by true passion. “I was humbled by the honour. It came as a surprise. It shows that I am doing good work and that it’s worth recognition.”

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How do you use this award and your position at your workplace to bring about a positive influence in youth’s lives?

By sharing various inspirational and motivational posts on social media, through presentations and radio interview as well as enriching the lives of youth through the MOT programme as a MOT coach.

Who was your role model growing up and why?

My grandmother who was a humble spiritual woman, giving her all and laid the best foundation I could ask for.

What personal challenge(s) did you face as a young person and how have those shaped you?

Financial constraints that made me appreciate the sacrifices my parents made.

What advice would you give to our youth?

Never allow your circumstances to define who you are and always remember that the opportunities are out there, all you need to do is tap into it and stay focused and committed.

Stay tuned for our next MOT Women’s Month Feature!

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