Our hearts are full with gratitude to have the support, time and the heart of the following individuals who commit to our programs.  Everyone you see on this page is a #WorldChangeAgent, meaning that the only tangible reward they receive is the ability to witness the transformation and progress of every life we've impacted over the years.

 

YI HAN TAN

WCA COMMUNITY CAPTAIN, FAMILY OUTREACH + curriculum.

Yi Han has journeyed with Blessings in a Bag for 5 years and counting, starting her adventures as a #WorldChangeAgent (volunteer) by helping to sort through donations-in-kind, readying them to be distributed to communities in need across Asia.  She currently inspires our community of #WCAs, co-ordinates volunteer schedules and engages Singapore families to gain access to our programs. Yi Han is currently a research scientist at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and leads our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Math) component placing an emphasis on science through discovery, hands-on experiments and wonder!  Science is engaging and relevant with real world applications and one of her first workshops with us was teaching our students scientific concepts through the art of molecular gastronomy!

 

KATE JOHNSTON

beyond awesome captain

 

MICHELLE WATTS

WCA COMMUNITY CAPTAIN, BEYond awesome captain + OK GO COACH

 

JOVY TEIW

Beyond awesome captain

 

huiling lim

beyond awesome captain

 

MENTORS and ADVISORS

When we work with our #WorldChangeAgents, we want them to discover their inner awesome-ness and use that to spearhead projects, campaigns and, well...change the World!  In order to do this, we bring rockstars from various industries to serve our community of #WorldChangeAgents by being personal sounding-boards and cheer-leaders.  Meet some of our rockstars...

LARA DUDLEY

The blank piece of paper is Lara’s playground.  She is known for breaking down complex situations into a few achievable steps with a knack for building win-win relationships.

Professionally, Lara has danced along her own path of teaching in China, derivatives market making in Hong Kong, vodka drinking in Mongolia and strategy consulting in Singapore.  All these experiences are now invested in her design studio, LLx, which she co-leads with her architecture-trained husband, Lennard.  Together with their superstar team, they design sculpturally iconic spaces for shops, offices and homes.  

A true Global Citizen, Lara is always on the look out for new adventures, whether it's taking a midnight dip in McRitchie Reservoir or building a unique pop-up pavilion.  You can count on her to raise her hand up with a yes!

On being asked why she loves 'Blessings in a Bag', Lara shares: "Who doesn't like Blessings?  Who doesn't like Bags?  Now bring them together and what do you get - biddidi-bobbidi-BOOOM > Youth in Singapore (and beyond) are laughing, smiling, having fun and connecting in ways that surpasses any number of Facebook likes.  The unconditional acceptance for everyone is heart warming and a true Bag of Blessings for the youth of today's Singapore."

 

 

Nick Gleeson

Nick is an independent advisor and business investor. He was the Chief Financial Officer of BW Group Limited since late 2015, a role which he also held April 2012 to October 2013. Nick served as the Chief Executive Officer of BW LPG Limited from November 2013 to August 2015.  

Nick has also held CFO roles in private and listed companies including Miclyn Express Offshore, BW Gas Ltd, Compagnie Financiere Tradition (Asia & UK). He began his career with KPMG in Sydney, and served for more than 10 years with subsidiaries of Phililps Electronics in Audit Chief and CFO roles.  Nick has over 25 years of international management experience across various industries and including broad geographic exposure.  On being asked why he loves 'Blessings in a Bag', Nick shares:  "I love Blessings in a Bag because the model is such a great one for charitable works. Doing what you can, with what you have, wherever you are, exemplifies both the way of thinking which can be most constructive in helping others, but also the nature of communal spirit which seems increasingly lost in today’s fast-paced and intensely demanding society."

 

RUTH MANNION

Now a full time marketing consultant for HubSpot, Ruth helps agencies and business owners across Asia to fuel their inbound marketing efforts and build out exceptional teams.  Ruth has been a bit of a professional nomad, having worked in Singapore, China, the UAE, Russia and Ireland in different marketing roles.  She loves brainstorming new ideas, coming up with creative solutions to different challenges, driving results and creating campaigns, events, art and theatre!  She also loves yoga, fitness, travel and brunches!

On being asked why she loves 'Blessings in a Bag',  Ruth shares:  "Every time I help out with Blessings in a Bag, I go home feeling inspired and invigorated by the young people who want to make a real positive difference.  Through both small and big acts of kindness, we can collaborate together to help those around us and empower ourselves to do something awesome!"  

 

KATHYrn KHOO

Kathy has a law degree with honours from the University of Wales and an MBA from the UK.  She worked in the city of London as a licensed Lloyds Insurance broker and started her career placing Faculative Reinsurance in the market, specialising in Oil and Gas, with Jenner Fenton Slade (UK), later acquired by AON Group.  In her spare time, she co-founded and invested in a concept theme brand restaurant in London serving satay.  She was transferred to Singapore by her company to help establish an Asian base and build up a wholesale office for the region.  

During her time as a corporate suit in the cities of London and Singapore, she never stopped writing, a passion she cultivated for the good of her soul.  She has been a freelance writer (mainly travel) for over 15 years, with published work in local and regional lifestyle magazines as well as online sites.  She has also held various editorial consultant roles, as writer and editor at several publishing concerns.    

She previously worked on a project basis, as an editor and writer at Tuber Productions, the contract publishing arm of Potato Productions.  She was the Editor of Rapport, the National Council of Social Service publication for 4 years.  Kathy was also the Resource Advisor at The Patatas, the social innovation arm of Potato Productions, which utilises technology for social good, focusing on education to impact lives in disadvantaged communities.  

Kathy has always been involved in philanthropy, in one form or another, whether volunteering with charities or serving on fund-raising committees for causes. 

She believes that education is a great equaliser, offering the opportunity to change one's circumstance.  Kathy strongly supports social causes related to women empowerment and literacy in children.  Her belief is that there are clear linkages between education, poverty reduction and sustainability.

On being asked why she loves 'Blessings in a Bag',  Kathyrn shares:  "One word: Inspiring.  I totally support the work that Blessings in a Bag does with youth – our future generation of thought leaders and change-makers. Channelling the positive energy and enthusiasm of young people who want to make a difference in communities in need and create a kinder and more gracious world. I am all for collaboration to build community resilience."