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Welcoming Dr Chua & Soh Keng to our 17th Council!
25 October 2014

This issue, we introduce two of our four new council members.

DR CHUA’S 2ND FROM LEFT, HAVING A BLAST WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AT DR AKHILESH’S DEEPAVALI LUNCH.

Dr JJ Chua | Volunteer Committee

Why do you choose to lend your time and expertise to our cause?

Dr Tan Poh Kiang and I have known each other for 35 years since our first days in Raffles Institution. Dr Chong Poh Heng and I were in the same small study group in Medical School for 5 years. I was won over by their overwhelming enthusiasm and commitment to HCA!

What do you wish to achieve in your position in the council?

Being a proactive extrovert, I will try my best to earnestly engage volunteers to make their commitment with HCA a rewarding and joyful journey.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my family including watching movies, relishing home-cooked food, and playing with our dogs. I exercise everyday with yoga, tennis and jogging. I love outdoor sports and travel frequently for snowboarding and kitesurfing.

SOH KENG, PURSUING ONE OF HER HOBBIES – OIL PAINTING

Ms Tan Soh Keng | Projects Committee

Why do you choose to lend your time and expertise to our cause?

It has always been my wish to do community work when I stop work, as I see it as my way to give back. I witnessed my late sister’s 3 year ordeal with cancer, and was her primary caregiver. From this experience, I can deeply understand the challenges of both patients and caregivers, and want to do more for them by contributing to HCA.

What do you wish to achieve in your position in the council?

I’m currently on the Project Committee, and am determined to help out wherever I am needed to contribute to HCA. I helped out with the Kang Le project last year. Now, I am becoming more involved with Star PALS.

I also hope to raise awareness of HCA and hospice for volunteers. While volunteering with the Lion’s Club of Singapore Ladyhill, I learned that people are often uncomfortable around the elderly, especially hospice patients. I’ve spent time with our cheery, lively, patients and know that they definitely aren’t the gloomy invalids some people think they are.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy upgrading myself through online courses, especially on topics like nutrition and healthcare. I love oil painting, calligraphy and baking. Last but not least – I believe it’s important to keep fit and take care of own health – aqua aerobics, walking, pilates and qigong. I just bought a bike and learned cycling!

Click here for a full list of the members of our 17th Council. Look out for next issue’s feature on our two other new council members, Kah Yin, and Setyadi!