To mark the recognition of SUSS’ contribution to the community for the varied projects which promoted close collaborations with People’s Association (PA), SUSS was presented the Community Spirit Award (Merit) at the presentation ceremony for the first time in September 2022!
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, SUSS President (right), receiving the award from Minister Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law and Deputy Chairman of People’s Association (left), at the presentation ceremony.
The Community Spirit Award, which is selected on nomination and recommendation by PA internal selection committee, is part of PA’s efforts to engage their partners more meaningfully and at a deeper level, revolving around forging partnerships that are cause-based, forward-leaning and action-oriented.
Over the past two years, SUSS had supported the virtual Chingay Watch Party, Chinese New Year Meals on Wheels for rental flats in a few community precincts, Impact Startup Challenge (Gerontology Track) with Southwest CDC, East Coast KCC interview with older persons, and educating seniors on e-Commerce to improve their digital literacy. The Gerontology programme team from SUSS’ S R Nathan School of Human Development (NSHD) including faculty, students and alumni had worked closely with the community and partners to achieve this accolade.
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, SUSS President (standing, centre), and Dr Kelvin Tan (standing, far right), Head, SUSS Minor in Applied Ageing Studies programme, together with representatives from People’s Association and Republic Polytechnic.
“We are indeed very privileged to have SUSS NSHD onboard to support us in our various programmes for the seniors and their families in the last two years during the COVID-19 period. Some of the significant programmes include the #Stayhome Webinar Series to keep our seniors engaged with relatable content. SUSS also helped conduct workshops for our PA Trainers to equip them with the necessary skills in engaging senior participants. We are grateful for their invaluable contributions and look forward to deepening our relationship with more meaningful programmes for the community,” Mr Andy Hoe, People’s Association, Director (Lifeskills & Lifestyle Division), shared.
SUSS Gerontology programme strives to continue helping older persons through projects such as the Queenstown Health District, Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) in Toa Payoh with our students, alumni and partners.