Life at AWWA

In AWWA, our people are our most valuable asset. We recognise our people’s passion, dedication and commitment in making a difference in the lives of AWWA clients.

Staff Testimonials

Name: Eunice Chang Sow Keng
Designation: Head of Social Work
Service: AWWA School
Years of Service: 10+

Although social work was a vocation Eunice decided on in Secondary School, a job at AWWA School was an opportunity she merely chanced upon. Emerging from a medical setting, Eunice was ensnared by AWWA’s very openhearted and welcoming staff, overall balminess of the working environment and culture which she says is unlike anything that she has ever experienced. She enthusiastically declares that the strong bonds that she shares with her colleagues that transcend departments and hierarchy have nurtured and enriched her AWWA experience.

 

Eunice is humble about her hefty portfolio which involves managing various staff such as psychologists, therapists and social workers over and above handling a large portion of the social work cases.

 

Her driving force? The children.

 

Eunice enlivens her daily experience by admiring and dwelling in the beauty and cuteness of the children’s’ innocence. She never stops believing in their potential and that deep belief revitalizes her every dawn.

 

‘Every day is a new day at AWWA School with new and different experiences with always something new to learn,’ proclaims Eunice.

 

She derives her job satisfaction and contentment from value-adding. In addition to enriching the children’s’ lives, Eunice has a strong desire to improve the lives of her fellow social workers. In time, she hopes that social workers will gain more social and public acknowledgement, appreciation and monetary recognition for the work that they do.  Eunice is determined to be a part of that process.

 

When asked about staff welfare at AWWA, she confidently declares that AWWA does well in retaining their staff despite industry-wide challenges. They have ensured that salaries are comparable to that of the civil service sector with a healthy dose of attractive staff benefits.

 

Echoing the sentiments of her colleagues, she too is thankful for AWWA’s management emphasis on work/life balance. In her opinion, very unlike other organization’s that lose their focus along the way, AWWA continues to stick to its core values by empowering its staff daily. Singing praises of Tim Oei, CEO of AWWA and Mrs Ruby Seah, principal of AWWA School, Eunice is grateful that her CEO and principal are hallmarks of humility and productivity with a balanced diet of work and life. She assures me that feedback sought is change waiting to happen and nothing is left for the walls.

 

These stories are from our dedicated staff, who are passionate to make the difference.

Name: Nur Aisyah Binte Abdul Nasser
Designation: Speech Therapist
Service: Early Intervention Centre
Years of Service: 2+

 Every human being has a story; every AWWA employee has had a childhood experience that has inspired them. Nur Aisyah is no exception to this fact. Her dream was to work in ‘peds’ and in AWWA she is living that dream.

 

She has been a speech therapist for over a year at the AWWA School focusing mainly on the Early Learners between the ages of 0 to 7. A graduate of the La Trobe University in Melbourne she started her career at the National University of Singapore before moving to AWWA School.

 

Aisyah’s mission has always been to work in the community sector and be able to help a whole range of people from children to the elderly. She is living that dream. She likes being surrounded by people while knowing that she is making a greater difference to their lives especially watching the children progress.

 

She derives her inspiration from the wisdom of Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Albert Einstein.

 

When asked what her biggest challenges at AWWA have been, Aisyah frankly shares that adapting to the AWWA system and professional development in the Clinical aspect has forced her out of her comfort zone. This in turn has made her a more flexible practitioner of her craft.

 

AWWA’s greatest pulling factor for her?

 

It’s extensive Resource Centre on the school’s 3rd floor. In childlike excitement she describes the toys, books, journal articles and textbooks that are available for both staff and parents. She not only utilizes these resources to deepen her knowledge and improve her speech therapy practice but also recommends books to parents to help them help their kids. She also beams with glee when describing that frequency and fun-ness of AWWA’s retreats.

In AWWA, therapists are able to communicate freely which enhances the corporation with teachers to create a holistic teaching system which in turns benefits the children. This holistic approach is crucial especially in early intervention cases.

 

Aisyah commends AWWA for its efforts to ensure a culture of work/life balance. Unlike other organizations, AWWA helps its staff cope with stress.

 

There are consistent reminders by management to not bring work home, spend quality time with family and friends over the weekend and create and rely on a healthy support system consisting of friends and family.

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