Being born deaf did not deter SUSS Counselling Degree student Ms Rosalind Foo from being active in volunteering work. In recognition of her passionate and positive volunteering spirit, she was presented with the prestigious Goh Chok Tong Enable Awards (UBS Promise), which celebrates persons with disabilities who have shown promise to pursue greater heights in their areas of talent and the willingness to serve the community.
The third edition of the Goh Chok Tong Enable Awards, consisting of the UBS Achievement and UBS Promise, recognised the achievements and promise of 13 exceptional persons with disabilities on 3 December 2021 at a ceremony held at the Istana with Guest-of-Honour Singapore President Halimah Yacob. The event was also attended by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State for Social and Family Development, and Education.
(Seated, front, from left) Ms Foo chatting with Singapore President Halimah Yacob at the Goh Chok Tong Enable Awards 2021 Award Ceremony.
Ms Foo, who is passionate about positively impacting the lives of others and aspires to be a counsellor for the disadvantaged, not only participates in volunteering activities in SUSS. She has been serving as a volunteer at the TOUCH Silent Club (TSC) under TOUCH Community Services over the past 20 years where she reaches out to deaf clients from eight to 60 years old. One of TSC’s two Sign Language instructors, she teaches digital skills, coaches the younger ones in their studies, and helps TSC staff in planning activities such as cake-making and popiah parties.
Ms Foo (second from left) volunteering at the SUSS Student Orientation.
She is an avid supporter of learning for life also with her learning not confined to her SUSS counselling programme; she has completed a peer support specialist course from the National Council of Social Service and looks forward to taking on more courses as part of her learning journey.
Ms Foo (second from left) and her schoolmates at an SUSS event.