In 2005 Habitat established an Advisory Board with Sir Ellis Clarke in the capacity of Chairman. He was a keen advocate as he hosted many events and was an extremely eloquent speaker, who stood ready to endorse the work of Habitat and identified immediately how anyone could get involved. Sir Ellis worked on construction sites laying bricks for foundations, and he hosted many donor cultivation cocktails at his home, cementing relationships with those whom he thought had the ability to support the Habitat cause.
This kind and gracious gentleman is remembered by members of Habitat as a true servant of the people, believing as he did that helping to build strong, stable and self-reliant families is one of the best ways to give back to humanity. He never asked anyone for help without leading by example, unreservedly pledging himself and his influence on Habitat’s behalf, for the benefit of our homeowner families. It is this sense of duty and service to humanity which truly expressed Sir Ellis’ contribution as he answered the call to service and he served with distinction.
John Peter Clarke – grandson of Sir Ellis – accepted the posthumous award in honour of his grandfather’s legacy as a servant leader and a champion of champions.