President's Message

 

It is an honour and privilege to serve as the President of the Singapore Women’s Association (SWA). I am humbled and deeply grateful to the membership and the board of directors for electing me and providing me with this opportunity.

 

SWA is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation and membership supported organization registered in Singapore. It was founded in 1954 as Siglap Girls’ Club. Its object is to support non-profit and non-governmental organisation committed to actively:

 

  1. Provide opportunities for women to help one another socially, educationally, culturally and to serve the community especially the elderly.

  2. Enhance better health, livelihood and social status for women and children

  3. Promote fellowship, cultural interests and participation in the community activities locally and globally.

 

To accomplish its mission, SWA

 

  • Encourage women to play a more important role in the educational, cultural, social and economic development of Singapore

  • Give assistance to the under-privileged

  • Bring cheer to the less fortunate

  

With my newly-elected board, we are engaged in strategic planning to contemplate our society’s future. Our priorities are to strengthen the SWA membership and serve our members and our community as best we can. To this end, I urge you to become involved with SWA and spread the word to your colleagues encouraging them to join us. Please, help us reach out to colleagues at different local non-profit organizations and even non-governmental organizations.

 

I am proud to report some highlights of our achievements and successes. I start with our latest accomplishment:

 

  • Annual Old Folks lunch in partnership with SPC where we hosted lunch for 300 old folks

  • Annual Fund Raising Charity Dinner

 

We were also successful in hosting the 22nd Federation of the Asian Women’s Association Convention in 2016.

Keeping up with technology and new media of communication, SWA now has a Facebook page. Please follow us and send us your feedback.

 

I welcome all new SWA members and all new board members and I am looking forward to working with my board and all of you for the good of our society.

 

 

President

Lee Li Hua

Executive Committee and Board Members​

Lee Li Hua

 President 

 

Professions/Experience in Charities 
Director (Private Banker) 

 

Contribution/Awards 
Vice President/Secretary for SWA since 1991 

 

 Aspirations 

  • To live life to the fullest 

  • To travel as much as possible around the world 

  • To be able to contribute to society and do more charity work 

 

 

Wendy Khon Won Chu

1st Vice President

 

Wendy is member of Singapore Women’s Association (SWA) since 1984 and is privileged to learn and to work closely with founding President. She learnt from Mrs Seow how to run and to organise Miss Singapore International Beauty Pageant. She had her first experience in helping organise such a glittering event in 1986 and went on to help in organising and coordinating Beauty Pageants until 1998. Wendy's other pet projects of SWA are the Singapore Visioncare Program and the yearly Lunar New Year Lunch for the Elderly.

 

Wendy served in positions of Asst Secretary and Hon. Secretary of the Federation of Asia-Pacific Women’s Association (FAWA) and has travelled extensively to attend the various FAWA Conventions in Guam, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and South Korea.

 

Experience /Involvement in Charities

  1. Committee Member, Asst Secretary and 3rd Vice President of Singapore Women Association (SWA)

  2. Asst Secretary and Secretary of Federation of Asia-Pacific Women’s Association (FAWA)

  3. Member, Vice-Chairman, Asst Secretary of Women’s Executive Committee, Thomson CC (WEC) since 1988.

  4. Member, Secretary, Inter Racial Confidence Circle, Braddell Heights CC (BHCC IRCC) since 2007

  5. Executive Committee Board Member of Care Manager Service Singapore (CMSS) in 2013

  6. Member, Competent Toastmaster, Thomson Toastmasters Club in 1988 - 2004

Contribution

  1. Organising Chairperson for SWA Lunar New Year Lunch for the Elderly since 2004

  2. Organising Co-Chairperson for the FAWA Convention held in Singapore in 2004.

  3. Organising Chairperson for Community Day with BH IRCC & RCs of BH in 2011

  4. Organising Chairperson for 1st SWA Flag Day in 2011

  5. Trainer in Effective Communication and Public Speaking for Sec 1 Students

Achievement

  1. Awarded the Division Outstanding Service Award (DSM), Thomson CC in 2007

  2. Received the 25 years Community Long Service Award from PA in 2013

  3. Received the 30 years Volunteer Long Services Award from MCYS in 2017

Aspirations:

To continue to be an efficient team player in life and at work. It is through team work that great and successful projects are achieved.

“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” Margaret Carty

Anny Leow Siew Chin

2nd Vice President

 

Positions

  • 2nd Vice President of Singapore Women’s Association

  • Chairperson of Singapore Visioncare Programme

  • Project I-Care Program Coordinator

 

Contributions

  • Organize Eye Screening in Communities

  • Nursing Homes Give Eye Care Talks

  • Active involvement in Macula and Glaucoma patient support groups

  • Co-ordinate Clinical Eye Research at NUH

  • Received Project I-Care 10-year Service Award 2013

  • Meritorious Service Award 2007

Dr Stephanie Young

3rd Vice President

 

Dr Stephanie Ming Young is an associate consultant in the Ophthalmology Department in National University Hospital. She has a special interest in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the eyelids and orbit and has received several grants and published various papers on the subject in peer-reviewed journals.

 

She won the Gold Medal and Book Prize in Ophthalmology, and received a Distinction Award for Ophthalmology-related research for her Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program in medical school at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Since then, she has won several Ophthalmology-related awards including: Eye Foundation Award – National Ophthalmology Residents Research Day 2014, Best Young Teacher Award – NUH Ophthalmology 2014, Winner of Free Paper – Confluence 2013, and Best Paper Award – NUHS Residents Research Day 2011.

 

Her passion in Oculoplastics-related research has led her to win several research grants including:

 

SNEC HREF Study grant, NUHS Clinician Scientist Program Residency Grant, and SERI Pilot Grant. She is also actively involved in the study of eyelid disorders such as ptosis, and collaborates closely with engineers from NUS on research in the field to improve the diagnosis and management of eyelid disorders.

 

Aside from clinical work and research, Dr Young is a clinical lecturer with the NUS Clinical Faculty Scheme and teaches medical students as well as junior doctors. She strongly believes in giving back actively to society and sits on the executive committee of Singapore Women’s Association, where she runs monthly free eye screening events for the poor and underprivileged as part of the Singapore Visioncare Programme. She has also been volunteering for many cataract and Oculoplastic trips to remote areas in need of eyecare in China, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

Honorary Secretary 

Professions/Experience in Charities 

  • Treasurer/Programe Director/Secretary  for SWA since 1992 

  • Deputy Director (Finance) 

  • Trustee, The Library Fund (2014 to 2017) 

  • Director, Asian Film Archive  Limited (till 2017) 

  • Director, Athena Academy Limited

 

Contribution/Awards 

  • National Day Award – Public Administration Medal (Bronze), 2012 

  • Long Service Award NLB – Twenty years 

  • Work Life Award – Manager : 2008 

 

Aspirations 

  •  To  live with Perseverance and Purpose.  

  •  My close friends are friends from the Singapore’s Women’s Association. 

  •  We encourage one another during different phases in life.  

Assistant Secretary

 

Professions

  • A seasoned HR professional with regional exposure

  • Master in Business Administration

  • Master in Human Resources Management

  • SHRI HR Certification

 

Contribution/Accomplishments

  • Volunteer with SWA Vision care Programme.

  • An active member of Charity Team in her previous employment to drive charitable giving programs to empower underprivileged children with the skills for independent living in society and helping the elderly to live life with dignity.

 

Aspirations

  • Dedicated to making a difference in one’s life through volunteerism.

  • Empowering women to realise their fullest potential.

Joyce Yeo Lay Suat

Honorary Treasurer

 

Professions/Experience in Charities

  • Assistant Honorary Treasurer, SWA

  • Held positions of Committee member, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer

 

Contributions

  • Miss Singapore International pageant – responsible for logistic during the event, table sales collection and seating arrangement.

  • Old folk lunch – responsible of packing angbao money and distributed to various old folk home and group.

  • SVP – help in setting and moving eye screening equipment to venues

  • Flag Day / Community Day –responsible for distribution and collection.

  • Christmas party – assists in registration and programme for the event.

 

Aspirations

  • Giving back to society as and when I have time to contribute.

Serene Tan

Assistant Treasurer

Profession

  •  Accountant of Germany manufacturing company since 1995

Experience in Charities

  • Accountant of Germany manufacturing company since 1995

Contributions to SWA

  • Have helped in the eye screening at Queenstown

Aspirations

  • To do my part to contribute to society and help out in charity work

Lynette Lee

Communication Director 

Professions/Experience in Charities 

  • Director for Kaiyi design Pte ltd 

  • Founder for Leigh Atelier 

  • Member of ORA 

  • Secretary for CTA 

  • Active partner for E2i 

  • Participant at Pitti imagine 

  • Diploma in health nutrition  

  • Business administration graduate 

  • Masters in business administration - current part time studies UK university 

 

Contributions 

  • Board member of SWA since 2016 

  • Sourcing/Training/Coordination 

 

Aspirations 

Sharing, Training and Constant Learning in Life 

Florence Lim

Membership Director

Profession

·         Product Specialist: Medical Surgical Equipment

·         Co-founder: Wedding Planning Company

 

Experience in Charities

·         Special interest in Elderly care.

·         Joined SWA since 2012 as well as other organisation to support elderly-related events such as eye-screening, elderly home visits, festive celebration for the elderly home, and elderly estate ration distribution

 

Contributions to SWA

·         Miss Singapore International 2012 - Miss Crowning Glory

·         Member of SWA since 2012 and Board member of SWA since 2017

·         Support overall planning and coordination of the Annual Fund Raising event

 

Aspirations

·         To be an independent young lady being successful in managing own family and career, as well as contributing and sharing joy with the community.

Kyla Tan

Logistic Director

Profession/experience in Charities:

Key Account Manager

Participated in various organisations and activities since school days. Volunteered with SWA since 2010 and subsequently joined the executive committee. Chairperson of SWA Annual Charity Gala Dinner featuring Miss Singapore Pageant International.

Contribution /Awards

Miss Singapore International 2010

Long Service Award by NCCS

Aspirations

Kyla will like to continue learning, sharing and inspiring others through her own experiences and storie

Angeline Yang

Board Member

Profession

  • Retired Officer from Civil Service.

Experience in Charities

  • Experience in charity works at old age Homes and Children Homes.

Contributions to SWA

  • Retired from the uniform group in 2017

  • In the process to join back as a civilian

Aspirations

·         Bring cheers to needy

·         Contribute to society

·         Make new friends

·         Help out in charity event, etc

Ms. Janice Koh

Board member

 

Professions/Experience in Charities 

  • Board member of SWA since 2012 

  • Manager, Asia Banking Practice, McKinsey 

  • MBA, NUS Business School 

 

Contributions 

Led the organizing committee in the overall planning and organization of the annual fund raising event  

 

Aspirations 

  • To set up a social enterprise with the mission to provide a platform and opportunities for younger women to develop their leadership skills and by empowering them to realize their potential and pursue their dreams  

  • Strong believer of The Ant Philosophy : Never give up and stay positive  

Sarah Mei Woo

Advisor

Contributions 

  • SWA President 2002 to 2016

Ms. Susy Chia

Advisor

Contributions 

  • SWA President 1991 to 2002 

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