The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A), Fepuleai Sinapi Moli, has passed away.
A close relative who did not wish to give her name confirmed that Fepuleai passed away in New Zealand on Thursday.
“She had left late last year for treatment and we cannot say anything more as the families are yet to meet,” said the relative.
Fepuleai was the founding C.E.O. of the Samoa Qualifications Authority which was officially established in 2006.
On social media friends of Fepuleai have shared their memories and paid tribute to the C.E.O.
Samoa’s High Commissioner to Australia, Hinauri Petana, was among them.
On her Facebook post, the Commissioner said Fepuleai was a highly respected and loved member of the teaching fraternity, the education sector especially to her most favourite institute, S.Q.A.
“I had the privilege to work with her from 2012 to 2015 and I am proud of her many achievements especially her dedication as the driving force behind the successful establishment of the S.Q.A,” she wrote.
“A very diligent young woman, she truly persevered to attain excellence in the standards of national qualifications that would be comparable to international and regional measures of such excellence.
“She inspired her staff and colleagues and had a clear vision of where she wanted to take SQA to.
“It was unfortunate that she should contract cancer at the height of her efforts, but it never dimmed her vision and all she fought for to ensure Samoa would be considered among the giants of post secondary education.”
Fepuleai was a gentle warrior with a faith in God that also led to her influencing the work environment, said Ms. Petana.
“She truly feared God and did all to revere and love him whether it was work or her own personal life. What a loss to Samoa and the region. She was such a blessing and I thank God for her life of service.”
Fepuleai is survived by her husband Sala Felise Moli and son.
Late last night, the S.Q.A issued a statement. It reads:
“The Samoa Qualifications Authority together with the Board is holding a Memorial Service to remember the life of service of their beloved Chief Executive Officer; Fepuleai Sinapi Moli on Sunday 24th of April at the Convention Center, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (TATTE) at 5:00 in the evening.
“Fepuleai passed away peacefully on Thursday 21st April 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. Her funeral service will be held in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
“The Memorial Service will be attended by government officials, stakeholders and partners of the SQA, friends, former colleagues and students of Fepuleai from previous career roles.”