Ms Fam, a former lawyer, is a full-time volunteer who has been involved in the social service sector for more than 20 years, both at charity and national level, in the areas of disability, palliative care, family, healthcare and mental health.
Ms Fam currently serves as Vice President of the National Council of Social Service and is the Chairman of Assisi Hospice and the Enabling Masterplan 3 Steering Committee, Singapore’s 5-year strategic blueprint for disability for 2017 – 2021. She also chairs Central Regional Health System’s Advisory Council and Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Institutional Committee in her capacity as a board member of the National Healthcare Group. In addition, she sits on various boards and committees including Caregivers Alliance Ltd, the Families for Life Council, SAS Foundation Ltd, Singapore Totalisator Board, St Andrew’s Autism Centre and St Andrew’s Autism School.
Also a Justice of the Peace, Ms Fam was conferred the Public Service Star (BBM) in 2014 and the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2008 for her work in the community.
“I was invited to join the Assisi Hospice Board after I had approached Assisi Hospice in April 2005 to initiate a paediatric palliative care service. In those days, Assisi Hospice only looked after adult patients with cancer. It was significant that the Board made the decision later that year to look after not only children with cancer but also those who had non-cancer related conditions. It was therefore deeply significant for me to join the Board later that year on 30 November 2005.
Assisi Hospice is also very special to me as my family had the benefit of Assisi’s homecare service for both my parents-in-law in late 2002. They passed away within three months of each other so it was a rather intense time which was made so much less painful because of Assisi’s homecare service. And more recently in late 2014, my late father too was blessed to have had the homecare team journey with him and us in the last three months of his life.”