Singapore Parenting Congress 2016: Profiles

Singapore Parenting Congress 2016

Mrs. Esther Lai, Master Coach in Behavioral Coaching and Family Life Consultant
26 May 2015

Mrs. Esther Lai, Master Coach in Behavioral Coaching and Family Life Consultant

Esther is a highly sought after speaker and family life consultant who is passionate about enabling couples and parents to build a strong foundation for their families.

With her accreditation as a Family Life Educator (2004), a Human Behaviour Analyst (DISC) and her graduate certificate in Applied Coaching, Esther is adept at guiding parents and couples towards both understanding and managing character differences.

She is presently actively conducting classes in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) as well as PREP, a marriage enrichment program and lectures regularly at a Malaysian college.

A naturally engaging and dynamic speaker, Esther’s versatility in English, Chinese, and Cantonese has enhanced her ability to connect effectively with audiences from all walks of life; this was especially evident during the 8 years that she conducted parenting classes at the Family Court together with her husband.

The couple also speak on the topics of marriage and parenting together, where they share the importance of staying connected and building trust in the family.

Esther has been happily married to Joshua for 27 years and they have two grown up sons.

Mr Chong Ee Jay, Manager of TOUCH Cyber Wellness (TCW)
19 Jun 2016

Mr Chong Ee Jay, Manager of TOUCH Cyber Wellness (TCW)

Mr Chong Ee Jay is the Manager of TOUCH Cyber Wellness (TCW), a service of TOUCH Youth.

Ee Jay has conducted over 350 cyber wellness workshops since 2007, reaching out to more than 25,000 Students, Parents, Educators and Youth/Social Workers in schools, corporations and the community.

He is the key driver behind the cyber wellness efforts in TOUCH Cyber Wellness, championing public education programmes both locally (through schools and national level efforts) and internationally, as well as counselling intervention and youth mentoring works through their Cyber Wellness Centre in Bukit Merah and Hougang respectively.

Given his versatility, he is also a highly sought after trainer for both our parents workshops and youth programmes. With his amicable disposition, he also mentors the youths who come to the PlanetCRuSH Cyber Wellness Center through the resident programmes.

Over the past 10 years, Ee Jay has been driven with a passion to inspire parents and educators whom struggle to cope with the rapidly advancing Internet age. He works closely with them to educate and equip them with knowledge and skill sets to connect with their children and students.

Ee Jay is also a member of the Media Literacy Council that advises the Government on research, trends and developments pertaining to the Internet and media, and appropriate policy responses; as well as developing public awareness and education programmes relating to media literacy and cyber wellness. 

林孔怀先生和张济暇女士
21 Jun 2016

林孔怀先生和张济暇女士

林孔怀先生
林孔怀先生现任飞跃家庭服务中心主任,毕业于新加坡国立大学社会工作系,之后更考获伦敦家庭与婚姻治疗的高级文凭及实用心理学硕士。除了负责部门的决策与目标制定外,林先生也负责拓展中心的家庭教育课程与活动。同时,他也曾多次受邀在各大报章、电台及电视台接受不同性质的访问,其中包括反应时代变迁所引发的家庭问题及针对各种家庭教育的课题发表意见。

张济暇女士
济暇毕业于加拿大并考获生物心理学学士和辅导学硕士。济暇拥有多年的婚姻,亲子关系辅导经验。除了在许多机构参与个案辅导,她也带领过家长小组、婚姻课程。同时, 她也提供辅导训练课程及主讲过无数次的家庭教育讲座。她也多次和孔怀受邀在电台及电视上接受不同性质的访问。

孔怀和济暇结婚已有18年,共拥有三个孩子。

 

 

Mr Edwin Choy, Solution Focused Therapist
19 Jun 2016

Mr Edwin Choy, Solution Focused Therapist

Edwin Choy is a certified Solution Focused (SF) Therapist and also an approved supervisor of SF Therapy with the Canadian Council of Professional Certification. 

Edwin cofounded Centre for Fathering in 2000 and has designed and conducted impactful and successful father-child experiential bonding workshops.  Edwin has spoken to thousands in conferences and on radio in the area of parenting.

Ms Azhanani Khamis, Kaunselor Keluarga
21 Jun 2016

Ms Azhanani Khamis, Kaunselor Keluarga

Azhanani bte Kamis adalah seorang Kaunselor Keluarga dan juga Ketua Pegawai Penandatangan (Chief Signatory Officer) untuk Laporan Penilaian Keluarga (Home Study Report)  bagi pengambilan anak angkat. Beliau diiktiraf Kementerian Pembangunan Sosial dan Keluarga (MSF) untuk membuat penilaian kesesuaian para individu yang ingin mengambil anak angkat.

Azhanani telah mengendalikan bengkel-bengkel keibubapaan untuk masyarakat Melayu/Islam. Beliau juga adalah Pelatih yang bertauliah bagi Triple P iaitu Program Keibubapaan Positif (Positive Parenting Programme). Selain itu, beliau merupakan kaunselor bagi Program Kaunseling Perkahwinan (MCP) di mana beliau berbincang tentang Rancangan Keibubapaan (Parenting Plan) dengan pasangan yang ingin berpisah.

Azhanani berusia 43 tahun dan telah berumahtangga selama 18 tahun. Beliau mempunyai 3 orang cahaya mata - seorang pelajar sekolah menengah dan dua orang pelajar sekolah rendah. Seorang bekas guru sekolah menengah, beliau menjaga dan menguruskan pendidikan dan perkembangan anak-anaknya sepenuh masa ketika mereka masih kecil.

Beliau mempunyai minat yang mendalam dalam bidang pendidikan, perkembangan anak-anak dan pembangunan keluarga. Beliau yakin apabila keluarga teguh, masyarakat utuh.

连黛玉老师, E&P Training Centre Pte Ltd董事主席
19 Jun 2016

连黛玉老师, E&P Training Centre Pte Ltd董事主席

连黛玉老师现任E&P Training Centre Pte Ltd董事主席。她不仅拥有教育及心理辅导双硕士学位,也是新加坡注册的心理辅导师,在教育及心理辅导上拥有25年的经验,教导及辅导许多在学习、情绪上有困难的孩子,帮助了许多父母在亲职上面临的困境。

连老师在亲子的课题上,有丰富的经验的她受到各界的肯定,让她定期受邀到各小学演讲,如:南洋小学、宏文小学、彰德小学…等等,并在各平面媒体常年发表文章。除此之外,她也经常接受联合早报、联合晚报…de等等的采访,并经常受邀上972、958广播电台及”狮城有约“、”前线追踪“、”学校没有教的事“……等等的媒体上提供有关亲子课题的独到见解。


林丽萍女士
21 Jun 2016

林丽萍女士

林丽萍毕业于新加坡国立大学,并获得社会工作和心理学专业学士学位。她于2004年在(澳大利亚悉尼市的Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney)获 “焦点解决短期治疗” (Solution-focused Brief Therapy, SFBT) 的毕业证书。2007年获得社会学(辅导)专业硕士学位 (Edith Cowan University)。

林女士目前是飞跃青少年部门和婴儿与幼儿早期介入计划部门的主管。她自加入飞跃以来一直积极参与青少年工作。她为青年和少年犯与家庭提供咨询,辅导服务,同时也协助小组工作和研讨会工作。林女士也担任飞跃的临床监督员,负责监督青少年工作者的临床工作情况。她也担任媒体通知理事会(Media Literacy Council) 的会员。近年来她也积极推广民众对于社会工作的认识包括接受各大媒体访问和研讨会。

除了新加坡的社工发展,林女士也热衷于培育来自海外的社会工作者。至目前,她曾到马来西亚,香港,柬埔寨,中国广西,广州,重庆,成都,长沙等参与研讨会,社工辅导课程的培训。2007 四川大地震后,她也与香港理工大学合作前往位于汶川县城南部映秀镇帮助当地的社工团队并协助他们设立学校社工站,并在2008年期间,每个月前往映秀镇提供临床督导与社工培训。

Ms Diana Ser, founder of Crazy About Chinese
24 Jun 2016

Ms Diana Ser, founder of Crazy About Chinese

Diana Ser is the founder of Crazy About Chinese, an online site dedicated to help parents and caregivers promote Mandarin to their children, aged 0 - 6 years.

Diana has more than two decades’ experience in the Singapore media industry, spanning both journalism and entertainment. As an award-winning presenter and producer, Diana has interviewed political leaders, business leaders, celebrities and ordinary folks.

Mr Jeff Cheong, Council Member, Families for Life
27 Jun 2016

Mr Jeff Cheong, Council Member, Families for Life

By day, Mr Cheong is the President of Tribalworldwide Asia, an award-winning digital marketing agency with over 550 talents in the region. He is also responsible for the local 105-strong operation. 

By night, (and sometimes in between work) he is a father to 3 very active young children. Together with his wife for 14 years, they enjoy the partnership to grow together with their children. The family loves cooking and weekend is filled with activities in the kitchen.

As a hands-on practitioner for over 19 years, he now consults for global brands like Unilever, Exxon and McDonald's. Locally his notable works are seen in the Pioneer Generation Campaigns, Singapore Memory Project and Changi Jewel Airport. Mr Cheong is also advisory member to Temasek Polytechnic School of Design and ITE School of Design and Media. From time to time he lectures and mentors students.

Everyone knows Mr Cheong as a passionate Singaporean. 2 years ago when Gallup labelled Singapore as ‘emotionless’, he decided to tell the many untold stories of passionate Singaporeans through a social documentary www.singaporeanoftheday.com. This series has become the most distributed content from online to TV to outdoor media.

He will be joining the dialogue session with his daughter, who is 10 years old this year. 

Mr Ramesh Muthusamy, Counsellor, Coach and Sand Play Practitioner
24 Jun 2016

Mr Ramesh Muthusamy, Counsellor, Coach and Sand Play Practitioner




Dr Khoo Kim Choo, Consultant, Children and Families
21 Jun 2016

Dr Khoo Kim Choo, Consultant, Children and Families

Dr Khoo has 30 years of varied experience in the early childhood field– as a local and international consultant, advisor, executive director of the NTUC Childcare group, trainer, university lecturer, children’s advocate, publisher, conference speaker and author of parenting and children’s books. She has worked with governments and NGOs here and abroad as well as UNICEF, UNESCO, WORLD Bank, Save the Children. For over a decade, Dr Khoo has been an Overseas Specialist Volunteer with the Singapore International Foundation to train trainers for early childhood educators in Vietnam and Myanmar.

She has served on various boards and committees and received various awards for her contribution to the field- including an Honorary Doctorate in Education by Wheelock College, USA; Special Recognition Award (former Ministry of Information and the Arts for advocating quality programmes for children in the broadcasting field); Friend of MCDS award  (then Ministry of Community Development and Sports for contribution to early childhood care and education, family life education and promotion of children’s rights) and the Public Service Award (PBM) by the President of Singapore.

She is the Founder-Director of her current two Preschools for Multiple Intelligences. Dr Khoo is most importantly, the grandmother of two young boys.

Mr Edmund Tay
27 Jun 2016

Mr Edmund Tay

Edmund Tay is a father of 3 kids who has consistently blogged about his parenting journey since 2008. His many adventures in both teaching and learning from his children have won his blogsite Ed Unloaded.com numerous accolades from the blogging industry. He sits on the board of the Media Literacy Council. 

Today, Edmund writes about how he creates the opportunity for a rich family life while working in busy Singapore. Edmund has lectured in the local polytechnics on social media, and has conducted seminars on parenting with Focus on the Family. He is also a youth pastor who specialises in the holistic development of teenagers.

Mr James Gary Satchy, Family Life Educator
19 Jun 2016

Mr James Gary Satchy, Family Life Educator

James Satchy is a Family Life Educator serving in various schools and organizations. He has been training, mentoring and developing adults and youth for more than 20 years, locally and internationally. 

James is the principal consultant of Built 2 Last Training and also the Executive Director of PCN Training, which designs and delivers enriching programs for parents, students and teachers. James is a well sought-after speaker in schools and has conducted hundreds of talks, trainings and workshops on a wide range of topics such as parent-child relationship management/bonding, character education, maximizing of children’s potential, social and emotional learning for teenagers, anger/stress management and online addiction, to name a few. 

His wealth of experience in parent-child relationship management paves the way for him to be relevant in his talks, educating and bringing practical application to the issues that parents and students face today.

James has a Masters in Social Science and is a certified Behavioural Analyst (DISC) with various other qualifications related to Family Education. 

Mrs Elsie Tan-Chua, Principal, Living Sanctuary Kindergarten & ECDA Fellow
19 Jun 2016

Mrs Elsie Tan-Chua, Principal, Living Sanctuary Kindergarten & ECDA Fellow

Mrs Elsie Tan-Chua is Principal of Living Sanctuary Kindergarten. Under her 18 years of leadership, the kindergarten has made many breakthroughs in pre-school education. These milestones have not only been teaching moments for her and her teachers but their significance has also been recognized by the kindergarten’s children and their parents. 

Elsie Tan was appointed an ECDA Fellow in April 2015 to help the agency drive quality improvements in the EC sector and develop the fraternity of EC professionals. 

侯婧老师, 学前教育老师培训课程的讲师
27 Jun 2016

侯婧老师, 学前教育老师培训课程的讲师

侯婧,本工作坊的指导老师,从计算机行业转换跑道,从事学前教育行业,已经有七年的时间。她自普通的优教华文老师做起,开始累计经验,曾在国际学校和本地的私立品牌学校就职,到现在坦然学前教育老师培训课程的讲师,积累了丰富的语言教学、课程设计、教师培训的经验。晋升为两个宝宝的妈妈后,侯婧更是充分品尝到了做家长的不容易和意想不到的乐趣,进而愿意从家长的角度,于大家分享培育幼儿全面发展的心得和经验。 

Steven Chia
20 Jul 2016

Steven Chia

Steven Chia moderates the new season of Talking Point, a “live” talk-show on the current topics of the day. Before these latest assignments, he used to co-anchor and produce Channel NewsAsia’s flagship morning show, AM LIVE!, one of the network’s most-watched shows, with a colourful mix of hard news, live interviews and discussions on current events and issues.

During his stint as a morning show host, he had interviewed personalities such as tennis star Anna Chakvetadze, actress Maggie Q, pop singer Josh Groban and former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten. Steven’s media career began in 1999, as a junior trailer producer for ESPN StarSports. A year later, he ventured out as a freelance TV producer and presenter.

He fronted Mediacorp programmes such as Crimewatch, and also worked as a radio presenter with the company’s classical music station, Symphony 92.4FM.

Outside of work, Steven focuses on youth development by working with school students through several community-related programmes. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the YMCA of Singapore.

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