My Volunteer Experience

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Organizing Christmas caroling for people with disabilities
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Inviting indigenous people to join Chinese New Year celebration
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Coaching children to sing in a choir and perform in a cultural festival
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Organizing a children camp for ~350 kids and leading ~100 volunteers
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Creating platforms for musicians to perform in a cultural festival

I've organized:

  • cultural festivals
  • musical plays
  • Christmas caroling
  • children/youth camps
  • educational workshops
  • sport/recreational events

I've volunteered:

  • for > 10 years
  • in > 10 organizations
  • with > 1,000 people

I highly value giving back to the community and reaching out to vulnerable people, so community involvement has been part of my life for more than 10 years. It is part of my mission statement to guide more people to discover their goals, values and strengths, and volunteering in the community offers lots of opportunities for me to execute this mission. After all, it is also a great opportunity to grow leadership skills and enhance professional development. Moreover, my volunteer experience often contributes to my wellness; having some fun time with the community is a way for me to exercise work-life balance by experiencing a different social lifestyle after work.

Below is the summary of my selected volunteer or leadership experience. Some organizations issued the certificates of appreciation for leadership responsibilities held, and these certificates can be view by clicking the "Access" link at the right-most column.

Year Position Organization Access the cert
2018 - 2019 Vice President Student Affairs Engineering Graduate Community Council, U of S Access
2018 - 2019 Diversity Committee Graduate Students' Association, U of S N.A.
2018 Notetaker for Disabled Students Access and Equity Services, U of S N.A.
2015 - 2017 Program Director and Secretary Chinese Language Apostolate Commission, Church of Holy Family Kajang N.A.
2013 - 2014 Treasurer Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Student Chapter, UNITEN Access
2012 - 2013 President Tenaga Christian Fellowship, UNITEN Access
2012 - 2013 Treasurer Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Student Chapter, UNITEN Access
2011 - 2012 Praise and Worship @ Musical Director Tenaga Christian Fellowship, UNITEN Access

I was also awarded as the best student in extra-curricular activity involvement during my undergraduate studies at UNITEN. My extra-curricular report that highlights my student leadership and volunteer experience is available below.

My Principles of Leadership

Leadership is a continuous journey, but not a destination. It is important to identify one's own leadership philosophy that can help create mutual benefits between myself and my community. For this reason, I outline three core principles that guide my leadership actions when leading events and activities in my community as follows:

Casting vision and setting goals

Clear goals lead to effective and appropriate actions. When leading events, often there is a challenge of executing multiple actions with limited resources. By having solid goals and understand what should be achieved, the team can get a clearer picture on what to prioritize and avoid spending unnecessary effort. My objective-approach strategy also assists me in evaluation processes where feedback is gathered to assess if the goals were met. If found to not be met, the set goals can even be motivators to trigger innovative and creative solutions that address the root cause of not meeting the goals.

Creating platforms for people

In line with my teaching philosophy statement, I recognize every person is unique due to their distinct backgrounds. For this reason, each person is expected to have their own unique talents and strengths. Hence, I pledge to utilize community events as platforms to discover different talents in my community and determine how their stengths can be utilized. This is particularly important for young people who are still exploring their own interests and strengths. By giving young people more platforms and opportunities to perform, they identify their values. This can greatly motivate them to invest more efforts and time in growing their strengths. I believe leading youth to discover their values and strengths is the key to reduce criminal activities in my community.

Committing to continuous learning

It is important to continuously enhance my knowledge in order to better serve my community. Leading events often involves a lot of communication with people of various backgrounds and talents. People from various disciplines have their unique requirements, and it is common for people to seek understanding from leaders. Deepening my knowledge in more fields helps me connect with each team that has different expertise so that I can challenge myself to integrate different requirements from each team towards the same goal. After all, it is also my belief that education is an effective tool to help vulnerable people in my community to escape from poverty.