[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Saturday, July 04, 2009

[A rewarding term]
I handed over my post as Chairman of the Punggol CC Youth Executive Committee today.

This was the Chairman’s Report which I had penned for today's Biennial General Meeting this afternoon.

It has been an exciting and fruitful two years leading one of the most vibrant groups in various grassroots organisations in Singapore. As my two-year term of leading the 9th Punggol Community Club Youth Executive Committee (YEC) comes to a close, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to my fellow members for their teamwork, efforts, undying support and valuable assistance. I hope all of you have learnt valuable skills and have had an exciting time working together as a team. These skills that you have learnt would go a long way.

My objectives when I undertook the challenge to lead the YEC were simple – to foster better relations and engagement with our Service Learning Club (SLC) in Montfort Secondary School, to forge stronger links through collaboration with other grassroots organisations in the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Division and external stakeholders and, to mentor and impart useful life skills to the newer members of the committee and in the SLC.

Our relations with the Montfort SLC have improved. We have worked together on various projects spearheaded by the student leaders themselves. We have to continue to build upon this foundation that has been created and create opportunities to work with other schools in the area and see how the YEC can tap on the potential of the students in projects.

We have also managed to work with several external stakeholders like Singapore Management University and ECO Singapore. Members from the YEC and the SLC have also participated in nationwide events such as the Presidents’ Challenge 2007, Singapore's Biggest Street Dance Party City Alive held this year and one of our members had the opportunity to participate in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) in 2008.

The launch of Aljunied GRC Youth Initiative in 2007 has fostered a stronger relationship with other YECs in Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC. An entrepreneurship competition, Project Y.E.A.H was also launched as part of this collaboration. The YECs in Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC have also worked together on various PAYM Policy Forums.

In addition to the activities that Punggol CC YEC has organised, the YEC was involved in several large-scale projects involving other grassroots organisations. Such activities include Fish for Luck @ Bedok Reservoir which raised funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. N.E.X.T Challenge, an amazing race concept event with YECs in the North East area, was also successfully organised last year.

I am proud to say that we have made a difference to the community around us. Let’s keep the burning passion and desire to serve the community around us ignited.

Mr Ephraim Loy
9th Punggol Community Club Youth Executive Committee


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