Over 100 Uni-Y members and volunteers were encouraged to be transformational servant leaders with passion and purpose at UNIYte 2014, the Uni-Y Singapore Annual General Meeting held on 18 January 2014 at the YMCA of Singapore. Mr Stephen Loh, President, YMCA of Singapore, was the Guest-of-Honour and Mr Teo Zi-Ming, Chairman, YMCA Youth and Volunteer Development Committee, graced the event as well. Besides witnessing the ceremonial handover of duties from the outgoing ExCo to the incoming ExCo, the meeting also learnt about Uni-Y’s achievements and was encouraged to keep up the spirit of servant leadership through speeches by Mr Teo, as well as Mr Zhao Wen Wei and Mr Ivan Joshua Lim, the outgoing and incoming Council of Uni-Y Singapore Chairpersons respectively.
Mr Teo, a former member of Uni-Y, shared his ideal of a Community Champion with passion and purpose, and spoke about “Values-in-Action”. He said, “I hope that the youth of Uni-Y can have a different spirit – and that we will be known for meeting the injustice and challenges of the world not with negativity, but with Action – using our hands to make the lives better for those around us.”
In his speech, Mr Lim shared his vision for Uni-Y and made an impassioned call-to-action for Uni-Y members and volunteers to be transformational servant leaders who can have a positive impact on society. “I hope all of us – Uni-Y members and volunteers alike, will see ourselves representing Uni-Y Singapore as a united front that transforms the communities through servant leadership,” said Mr Lim.
Besides sharing his volunteering journey, Mr Zhao also highlighted the community impact of Uni-Y for the past year. He said,“Through strengthening our regular programmes in Local Community Service, International Service, and Social Enterprise Programmes across the Uni-Y clubs, we have definitely made a positive difference in Singapore and beyond.”
Tokens of appreciation were presented to the outgoing ExCo, and the incoming ExCo received their letters of appointment before going on to recite the Uni-Y pledge.
UNIYte 2014 concluded with each participant going on stage to piece a jigsaw puzzle, as a symbol of their commitment to step out of their comfort zone to be a part of the Uni-Y movement and to transform lives in the community.