President’s Message

executive director photoAs Metta moves into its twentyfirst year of service, the advent of personal computers, the internet and smart handphones has changed how we live, work and play. Social media is the new norm,for communicating, networking and peer-to-peer fundraising. Metta Welfare Association has had to learn, adapt and adopt these new forms of social media, whilst maintaining our good relations with our volunteers and donors, the good old-fashioned way.

In the pursuit of quality care services, we have previously worked towards ISO 9001 certification in 2006. However, to progress to a higher level of quality services, we are embarking on the Singapore Quality Class (SQC) journey. It will be a challenge, but one that we are committed to seeing through.

Whilst the early founding members, staff, volunteers and donors have aged gracefully with Metta, we must look to succession planning to for the future. In this spirit, we are excited about developing the next generation of members, staff, volunteers and donors.

Looking back at this last year, we have much to be proud of. We started training at our vibrant new Metta School annex block, specially designed for baking, food preparation and housekeeping vocational training. We are also in the midst of planning several new projects to serve the community and will make an announcement once details are finalised.

Finally, it remains for me to thank all our corporate and individual donors, volunteers, staff and committee members for their continued support, assistance and donations. Through your generosity and kindness, we are making a difference, every single day, in the lives of our beneficiaries. May you and your loved ones be blessed with good health and an abundance of joy and peace.

随着慈光福利协会迈进第21年的慈善事业,资讯科技日益发达,电脑,互联网,智能手机已经影响和改变我们的日常生活。社交网站已成为通讯,社交和筹款的平台。慈光福利协会一方面要学习和运用这些社交平台,另一方面也不忘以传统方式跟我们的志愿者和捐赠者维持友好关系。

在2 0 0 6 年我们的服务品质得到ISO9001认证,但为了更上一层楼,我们将着手争取得到新加坡素质认证。这将是一项极大挑战但我们将勇往直前。慈光福利协会的先驱领导班底,志愿者和捐赠者历久弥香,但我们也必须做出继任规划以便培育和招募新一代的接班人选。

值得自豪的是,我们去年已在慈光学校附设第二校楼开始烘焙,食物处理和房间清理的职业培训课目。我们正在计划更多培训项目,详细情形会稍后公布。

法照要向各个企业公司, 善长人翁, 志愿者和员工表达衷心的感谢。你们慷慨的资助和无私的帮助点亮受益者的希望和改善他们的生活。法照祝大家得到安康和快乐。

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Venerable Shi Fa Zhao BBM