A tribute to Yusuf Paul McCormack – UBUNTU

“Ubuntu is the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you cannot exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality-Ubuntu-you are known for your generosity.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas we are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

On the evening of 18th March 2021 during world social work week celebrations, Your Life Your Story hosted UBUNTU in honour of the life and work of Yusuf Paul McCormack a much loved director of Your Life Your Story, founder and co-director of Artifacts and highly regarded member of the care experienced community.  “Yusuf captured the essesnce spirit  of Ubuntu  in his love of humanity, connection and kindness, in his pursuit of unity and social justice. In his generous heart, kinf spirit and gentle nature he created a sense of belonging and connectedness for so many who felt they never did… ” Saira Jayne Jones director of Artifacts and YLYS. 

In this painting and accompanying poem ‘A Colour Full Life’ Tasmin Trevorrow captures the very essence of the man, all that he was and how we will remember him. Jackie Mcartney met Yusuf five years ago at a care leavers event and spoke about how he had supported her work with care leavers and helped her to find her voice. 

We saw in the video’s of his work his efforts to ‘Be The Difference’ and with more contribututions from Daniel Bennison, Dr Josie Pearce, David Jackson, Amanda Knowles and members of the audience this event truly was testimony to his love of family and his tireless and selfless endeavours.  

We heard from Greg Hartigan his lifelong friend who grew up with him in Father Hudson’s homes about the boy he was, and how he survived against the odds of unthinkable cruelty and hardship. Then from David Jackson, a more recent friend, about what his friendship meant to him and of his commitment to inclusion and ally ship and the evening ended with a call to action…  Members of the audience were asked to make a pledge to ‘BE THE DIFFERENCE

Poems from the event will be posted on the website and a video of this event will be made available on YouTube and if you are interested in the work of Your Life Your Story and Artifacts please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 


Posted in News.

Leave a Reply