Jacqueline Au Yong is a mother-of-two and a change-maker who strongly believes in enabling, empowering and supporting the community. She spent more than two decades in the social service sector, with vast experience in research, policy, education and fundraising. She currently sits on the board of a children charity, Every Child Matters.
Here’s what she shared with us:
How did you start your journey in this social service space?
I knew I wanted to be in this social space 22 years ago when I interned at Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). A client of mine (I was on the ground, helping vulnerable individuals and families obtain government’s financial assistance), came to me - face half-caked in blood, calling for help as his co-tenant had violently bashed him up because he did not have the financial ability to pay for his rental.
That was a scene I will never forget and started me off in a journey of uplifting and empowering others. Since then, I have spent more than two decades in the social service sector. My passion in empowering the vulnerable in the community led me to various professional portfolios such as volunteer management, fundraising, research and direct services.
Through your experience and journey in life, what does happiness mean to you?
I think meaning and happiness is not found in a life where all or most of your desires are fulfilled, but found in a life where you are the enabler in someone’s life.
If there is one thing that you would like to share, what would that be?
Don't just take, give.
Don't just change, transform.
Don't just dream, do.
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