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In Memoriam: Society Volunteers Who Made An Impact

December 2019


Long-time contributors: Both Mrs Ann Wee and Dr Elliott at the 2nd SCS Lecture in 2008, when Mrs Wee was the speaker and Dr Elliott the moderator 

This month, Singapore Children’s Society lost two ardent volunteers whose impact has been felt through many of our activities: Dr John Michael Elliott (1945-2019) and Mrs Ann Elizabeth Wee (1926-2019).

Long-time contributor and academic Dr John Elliott delivered the 13th Singapore Children's Society Lecture just two months ago, leaving the crowd of 200 with his advice on the best approaches to parenting. Over the years, Dr Elliott has spearheaded numerous local research initiatives on the well-being of children in Singapore. His gift of time and inspiration has driven many of the achievements of the Society’s Research department.

Dr Elliott first joined us in 1974 as a member of the Convalescent Home Standing Committee, where he served until 1976. He was a nominated member of the Executive Committee from 1975 to 1976, 1988 to 1989, 2001 to 2005, and 2011 to 2017, and a member of the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2010.

He was also a member of the Social Work Service Standing Committee from 1987 to 1988 before assuming the role of the Committee’s Vice Chairman from 1988 to 1994.

He helmed the Research Committee as Chairman from 1998 to 2017, and remained a member of the Committee in 2018. He was also a member of the Research and Advocacy Committee from 1998 to 2000, its Representative Director from 2001 to 2006, and Vice Chairman from 2012 to 2017.

Mrs Ann Wee, who delivered the 2nd Singapore Children’s Society Lecture on ‘Childhood and Family: Observations over Five Decades’ in November 2008, remained a strong supporter of the series through the years.

She gave a lot of her time to the children and youth in our charge, despite also volunteering with various other organisations in the social service sector.

Mrs Wee served as a member of the Adoption Sub-Committee from 1963 to 1968, before assuming the role of Acting Chairman of the Committee in 1969, and then Chairman of the Committee from 1970 to 1973.

She was a member of the Social Work Service Standing Committee between 1969 and 1970, and from 1973 to 1974, and served as its Chairman from 1971 to 1972, and again from 1974 to 1977. She was a member in our Executive Committee from 1970 to 1971 and 1973 to 1977, before becoming Assistant Honorary Secretary from 1978 to 1979.

Both Mrs Wee and Dr Elliott brought to the society a wealth of experience, and have been teachers, mentors and friends to staff members and fellow volunteers.

We would like to extend our condolences to Dr Elliott’s and Mrs Wee’s family and friends. They will be dearly missed.

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