Having come a long way with the Singapore Children’s Society, Wah Khoon can proudly say today that she’s the longest serving staff with us. She first joined us in 1977, and has chalked up more than four decades of dedicated service! She is a role model that many of us here at the Society respect and admire for her lifelong passion and dedication towards her work and her beneficiaries.

Photo of Wah Khoon taken in 2006, outside then-Yishun Family Service @ Children’s Society.

Wah Khoon first joined as a social worker at the then-Toa Payoh Centre, practising integrated social work with children, youth and families. She then progressed to head one service centre after another, including running of the first Student Care Centre at Blk 94 Henderson Rd. She is certainly a veteran in the social service industry and an individual that many beyond the Society look up to. She is currently based at our Yishun Family Service Centre (FSC) as a senior social worker (contractual re-employment after retirement).

“I have come to believe that working with children helps keep us young! It is fun and satisfying to have a hand in guiding the children in their growing up years, creating for them opportunities for new and enriching experiences and shaping them up to become law-abiding, responsible, confident and productive citizens of Singapore,” shared Wah Khoon.

In recognition of her long service, Wah Khoon was approached to be filmed as part of ‘We Are FSC Festival’, an event organised by a number of social service agencies on 19 May to celebrate the good works of FSCs in Singapore.

Credit: Videographer, Shenyong. Video was shown during the ‘We Are FSC Festival’.

“I truly cannot imagine myself doing something else other than to be in the social work service sector. The clientele groups of Singapore Children’s Society are children, youth and their parents or caregivers – these are the people I like to work with. Being a voluntary welfare organisation, the Society is poised to be nimble and autonomous to implement changes quickly, steering it in the direction that the management desires, without lots of bureaucratic red-tapes.

Moreover, the management seeks and value the views and contributions of the professional staff who walk and have their ears to the ground.

The Society also invests in the professional training and development of its staff and makes room for staff transfer amongst its centres, where appropriate and when opportunities arise,” she said.

If you’re a social worker and reading this, Wah Khoon has a word of advice for you 😊:

Photo taken at Marina Bay area

Be sincere and respectful of clients and their rights to self-determination. Be grateful to your clients for giving you the privilege of helping them in times of their needs, for you reap as much growth and richness in life in return. Do not expect gratitude in return for your service to the people you have helped; just do the right and legal stuff.

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