Singapore – Today, the President of the Republic of Singapore confers top honours to four social workers who have made outstanding professional contributions towards the social service sector and various care settings by recognising them at the annual Outstanding Social Worker Award (OSWA) Presentation Ceremony and Tea Reception for social workers held at the Istana.
Veterans Nancy Ng (Director, Professional Practice Development, Ministry of Social and Family Development) and Chee Wai Yee (Head, Social Work and Psychosocial services, Dover Park Hospice) are recipients of this year’s Outstanding Social Worker Award (OSWA) while Lee Kaiyi (Senior Medical Social Worker, Institute of Mental Health) and Lin Jingyi (Senior Medical Social Worker, Department of Care and Counselling at Tan Tock Seng Hospital) are recipients of the Promising Social Worker Award (PSWA).
About 255 guests attended this year’s awards presentation ceremony organized by the professional body, Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW). Supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, OSWA is held annually with two award categories.
Speaking at the awards presentation ceremony today, Agnes Chia, President of the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) noted that the award recipients’ dedication and commitment to achieving positive outcomes for their clients have contributed to their personal growth and success as exemplary social workers.
“These awards provide a platform for us to appreciate the years of dedicated service that these social workers have put in, and to commend the tireless and remarkable champions among us,” Ms Chia said. “The sector has made progress, as demonstrated by their achievements, but we always have room to do more.”
Please refer to Annex A for a detailed citation of the award recipients.
Below is a short brief of this year’s recipients:
OSWA 2016 Recipient #1: Nancy Ng, Director, Professional Practice Development, MSF is lauded for her innovative ideas and practices in social work and her passion in raising the next generation of social workers. Over the past three decades, she spearheaded a myriad of initiatives involving youth rehabilitation which included the advanced use of technology in documenting casework.
OSWA 2016 Recipient #2: Chee Wai Yee, Head, Social Work and Psychosocial Services, Dover Park Hospice is being recognized for putting her patients first in the Children’s Cancer Foundation as its Executive Director and in her current role at Dover Park Hospice. Her dedication and belief in self-respect for every human being has led her to develop programmes that provide support to patients reaching their end-of-life.
PSWA 2016 Recipient #1: Lee Kaiyi, Senior Medical Social Worker, Institute of Mental Health (IMH) is recognized for leading her team to pioneer and coordinate care initiatives for long stay patients in IMH, easing their transition to nursing homes or to live independently again in the community.
PSWA 2016 Recipient #2: Lin Jingyi, Senior Medical Social Worker, Department of Care and Counselling at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) is being recognized for her dedication in caring and advocating for people living with HIV.
Launched in 1998, the Outstanding Social Worker Award is open to all professionally trained social workers working in the social service sector. Nominees must demonstrate that they have made significant contributions to the lives of clients and the community under their care, are being held in high regard by their peers and possess exemplary character and attitude, with a readiness to impart knowledge for the development of others within the sector.
In 2008, the Promising Social Worker Award (PSWA) was introduced to recognize up-and-coming social workers who have made a difference in the lives of clients, their families and the community.
OSWA recipients will be given a trophy, a certificate, a cash grant of $1,000 from MSF, a personal development grant worth $10,000 sponsored by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and a professional development and management programme grant worth $30,000 by MSF to further develop and hone their skills to better respond to the changing needs of the society.
PSWA recipients will be given a certificate, a cash grant of $1,000 from MSF, a personal development grant of $8,000 sponsored by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and a professional development and management programme grant of $14,000, by MSF.