We are excited to introduce new staff members, as well as a new role for a familiar face here at HealthServe!
Michael joined HealthServe as the Executive Director in February 2018 after serving as a volunteer since 2014. Prior to coming on board at HealthServe, he worked as the Regional Sales Director in a Singapore IT company. He has also served as the Head of Operations and Strategic Development for a non-profit organisation.
Michael is passionate about working with migrant workers and marginalised communities in Singapore. His personal ambition to bring healing and hope to those in need will serve him well as he leads the staff here at HealthServe!
Dr. Natarajan Rajaraman
Head, Medical Services
Dr. Natarajan Rajaraman (Raj) also joined HealthServe in February of this year and will be overseeing the operations of the medical and dental clinics, as well as the development of community-based health programmes, research, education, and health-related external collaborations.
Raj has a background in medicine, global public health, and education. His specific interests are in the health of vulnerable populations and post-conflict health systems strengthening. Since joining the team at HealthServe, Raj has been inspired by the resilience of our migrant brothers and the generosity of our volunteers and partners.
Head, Casework & Social Assistance
Jeffrey has been a staff member at HealthServe since 2011, but recently transitioned to the Head of Casework & Social Assistance. Prior to his work with HealthServe, Jeffrey spent about 18 years working with machines and computers. After taking 3 months to volunteer with an NGO in Cambodia, he chanced upon HealthServe while attending a course and started volunteering in 2010. When he joined the staff the following year, he felt the need to strengthen HealthServe’s case work and social assistance programmes. To this end, he pursued a Masters in Social Work while continuing to contribute to the organisation.
Today, he oversees the case work, counselling and social assistance arm at HealthServe. Working closely with the migrant community, he also has the opportunity to collaborate with interns, counsellors, and volunteers from various disciplines. He is grateful for and invigorated by their common vision to help our migrant friends have a better life and hope for the future.
HealthServe is collaborating with award-winning theatre company Pangdemonium to host the play DRAGONFLIES on Thursday 24 May 2018 at Victoria Theatre to raise funds for HealthServe and to advocate for the migrant worker community.
DRAGONFLIES tells the story of university lecturer Leslie Chen who is forced to abandon his home and life in post-Brexit England and to move his family back to his birthplace, Singapore. The play deals with the themes of immigration, displacement, xenophobia and racial prejudices. It is also a poignant tale of love, compassion, family and common humanity, giving us hope for the future. First performed at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017 to wide acclaim, the play is directed by Tracie Pang and stars Adrian Pang and Tan Kheng Hua. It has garnered 8 Life! Theatre Award nominations, including for Production of the Year, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Script.
There will be a pre-show cocktail reception at Restorante Sinfonia located at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall from 6:30pm.
We are raising funds through sponsorship for the event. Donations packages are eligible for 250% tax deduction. $500 donations include 1 seat within category 1, and $300 donations include 1 seat within category 2. To support this event, please fill out the form here and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We hope to see you there!
Last year, HealthServe celebrated its 10-year anniversary. We entered 2018 with much anticipation and excitement for what this next decade would bring. Although we had many dreams both big and small, little could we have foreseen being awarded 2017 Singaporean of the Year. What a surreal and humbling experience this has been.
I have had many thoughts about what this award means. Two emotions stand out the clearest. The first is hope. When I co-founded HealthServe over ten years ago, migrant worker issues were often at best met with confusion and at worst met with disdain. Today, the Singaporean public and a diverse group of judges have placed migrant worker issues in the limelight. Singaporeans have said loud and clear that they care about the dignity and wellbeing of the migrant workers who have built our nation. What a tremendous encouragement that is to us.
Secondly, I am filled with gratitude. It is amazing and wonderful that 2017’s Singaporean of the Year was awarded to an organization, not only to an individual. It was awarded to a movement, a vision, a tightknit community, to all of us at HealthServe, including you. Thank you for playing your part in this award. We could not have done it without you.
We ask for your continued support as we navigate this new season with its many opportunities and challenges. Thank you once again, and congratulations to you as well for winning this award with us!
Dr Goh Wei Leong
Chairman & Co-Founder