Trish Glen Award

Pathways’ annual Trish Glen Award honours the memory of Trish Glen, a dedicated and passionate Pathways support worker who tragically died of cancer in 2005. Those who knew Trish speak of her unique contribution, her commitment, her sense of team, her encouragement of others and her personal courage.

Every year, through our Trish Glen Award, we recognise staff throughout the country who make an exceptional contribution to Pathways and the people we support, and who clearly embody the values of Pathways.

Our 2019 Trish Glen Award winners

In 2019 our Trish Glen Award recipients were James Scarlett (Northern region), Paul Kennelly (Midland region), Debbie Aporo (Central region) and Nikky Godfrey (Taranaki and Canterbury)

  • James Scarlett
  • Paul Kennelly
  • Debbie Aporo
  • Nikky Godfrey
    Taranaki & Canterbury

James Scarlett


James started his Pathways journey with our Real Youth respite in Auckland. He then moved into the regional healthy lifestyle coordinator role and is now a Real team coach. James has a background in youth work and AOD peer support and is currently completing his Bachelor of Youth work.

James has made such a huge difference to people’s lives. He has strong natural leadership skills and is able to engage and connect with individuals and groups alike - people we support, whānau, staff, clinical teams, NGOs and community services. James is motivational, inspiring and all together a great role model for the people we support and our staff.

He really has a knack for bringing people together and has been a huge part of building our community. James has been instrumental in developing our regular fishing trips, walking activities and social events. Karaoke and the midwinter dance were huge hits amongst everyone! James also supports people to develop health and wellness plans.

Paul Kennelly


Paul Kennelly, known as PK, is a support worker for the Hauraki mobile team. He joined Pathways in 2013 and is referred to as one of the good ones. He is thoughtful, empathetic, passionate about his work and gives things his all.

PK believes strongly in the importance of people having a choice in life and that exercising this ability improves their quality of life. He participates in all events and his theatrical personality encourages others to have a go.

PK is driven by curiosity, a key attribute of Pathways. His values of community, sharing resources and looking out for neighbours were born from being raised in a family of eight. These values shines through in his daily work with Pathways.

PK attributes being a cancer survivor to his strong sense of what good care looks like and his commitment to providing great support every time. He strongly believes people are just people, and is committed to getting behind any behaviours to find the true person.

Debbie Aporo


Debbie, who joined Pathways in 2017, is an AOD (Alcohol and other Drugs) Counsellor from the Wairarapa. Debbie was nominated by the service for her passion and investment in Kaupapa Māori. She has worked tirelessly to bring a cultural feel to the whole service. She promotes and leads the weekly kapa haka; and supports the region to use and learn relevant karakia and a Waiata.

Debbie is a strong proponent of effective models of care which she demonstrates in her work with people. She gets great feedback from the people we support and their whānau.

Debbie is a positive and determined reflector in supervision, coaching and team discussion, and in the supporting her team to develop skills. She brings information to meetings that extend our thinking and provides resources both academic and practical.

Debbie’s whānau are deeply engaged within support and health care services and teaching institutions. Debbie is also a fantastic cook. She worked as a chef for many years before studying to work in the AOD sector. We have tasted many of her lovely soups over this winter.

Nikky Godfrey

Taranaki & Canterbury

Nikky Godfrey, who works as part of the Barriball Street residential service in Taranaki was nominated for the Trish Glen award by her team, before also being backed unanimously by the Taranaki leadership. After interviewing her team, clinical colleagues, the people we support and their whānau - it's easy to see why.

Their words were that of a kind, thoughtful and caring individual, who takes pride in her work and goes out of her way, to ensure the comfort of both the people we support and staff alike. As her team coach put it, "I believe she truly embraces the Pathways spirit of 'Whatever it takes."

Nikky is a mother of five, an ambassador of Spiritually Well and describes herself as a homemaker. She strives to replicate the warm and loving environment at Barriball St, which she values in her own home. People described her as a caring, genuine and consistent staff member, who has a positive influence on everyone she connects with.

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