GCT Enable Awards (UBS Achievement) 2020 Awardees
Mdm Lim, 76 years old, is a veteran artist and founder of Singapore’s first auction house whohas dedicated her life to the development of Singapore’s art culture.Undaunted by thedaily challenges that came with her diagnosis of muscular dystrophy at the age of 50, she continues to paint and rally the community to help the underprivileged through art.
She is nominated by Mr Steven Fu.
Sherena, 61 years old,was told she would not live beyond 25 years when diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 15. She has since defied the odds and was a prime mover in implementing innovative services across the nation that has empowered and integrated people with disabilities, including co-founding the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore).
She is nominated by Mr Akash Mohapatra.
Azariah, 29 years old, is an accomplished pianist with hearing impairment,committed to using his talent to give back to the community through inspirational talks and performances at fundraising concerts. The recipient of numerous local and international awards, he has put Singapore on the map of the music world through his achievements.
He is nominated by Very Special Arts Singapore.
William, a 63-year-old physician by profession, is an Asian Para Games triple gold medalist, accomplished wheelchair marathoner and a social activist, who has an acquired disability after contracting polio at the age of two. He has played an active role in advocating for persons with disabilities, including in his capacity as the President of the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA).
He is nominated by Mr Kevin Pang.
GCT Enable Awards (UBS Promise) 2020 Awardees
James, 29 years old, is an exceptional Irish traditional musician with autism. As a flutist, he has been using his talent to give back to society and spread the message of inclusion by performing at events such as the True Colours Festival.
He is nominated by Asia-Europe Foundation where he works, and Mr Edward Lim Xun Qian.
Adelyn is a 19-year-old singer who was born with a rare eye disorder. Undeterred by her visual impairment,she continues to develop her talent and passion for singing. She has been performing since 2010 and is an active advocate for the visually impaired.
She is nominated by ITE College East.
Peter, 25 years old, is a Technology for Good advocate with hearing impairment. Not only is he dedicated to creating a more inclusive workspace for persons with disabilities, he also looks to encourage his able-bodied peers to achieve their goals.
He is nominated by Professor David Lee Kuo Chuen and Mr Tham Yun Zhi.
Samuel is a 21-year-old piano and guzheng hobbyist who has an acquired disability due to extensive acid burns. Highly committed to helping the less fortunate and promoting social inclusivity, he has been performing regularly at multiple charity events.
He is nominated by Club Rainbow (Singapore).
Zui Young, 29 years old, is a Technology for Good advocate who was born with high astigmatism. He has been instrumental in promoting an inclusive hiring process at the Government Technology Agency where he works at and also advocates for workplace inclusivity by speaking engagements.
He is nominated by Government Technology Agency.
Nurul, 35 years old, is a two-time Paralympian Boccia athlete and an accredited tax specialist with spinal muscular atrophy. She serves as a mentor to promising Boccia athletes from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) and is actively involved in the para sports movement internationally.
She is nominated by Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore).
Ivan is a 35-year-old Taekwondo and Kummooyeh Coach with hearing impairment. He has participated in multiple national championships and also represented Singapore in the Deaflympics. He has been inspiring the next generation of martial arts practitioners since 2008.
He is nominated by Han Academy Pte Ltd.
Alister, 26 years old, was born with Cerebral Palsy and shares his personal story to champion for inclusivity for persons with disabilities. He volunteers actively in Singapore, and not bound by geographical limitations, has also travelled to Australia, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam on more than 30 mission trips and community outreach programmes.
He is nominated by Ms Priscilla Gan and Ms Ong Shui Xian.
Danial, also known by his stage name Wheelsmith, is a 26-year-old rapper, music producer, actor and national wheelchair rugby player. Having been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of four, he is passionate about changing people’s attitudes towards disability and was part of the National Day Parade’s first-ever segment devoted to hip-hop music in 2019.
He is nominated by Access Path Productions.
Megan is a 14-year-old dancer with Down syndrome and is the first and only dancer enrolled into the Down Syndrome Association (Singapore) Fusion Dance Enrichment Programme before the age of 18. It was no surprise when she was selected to join the Special Olympics Singapore Dancesport team and is currently preparing for the Special Olympics Dance Sports Event.
She is nominated by Down Syndrome Association (Singapore).
Joshua, 23 years old, is a visually impaired disability advocate who lost his vision due to congenital glaucoma. Realising there are many other persons with disabilities who need better representation in Singapore’s community, Joshua has spent the past five years advocating for accessibility and inclusivity.
He is nominated by three organisations, namely: iC2 PrepHouse Limited, Singapore Management University and Temasek Polytechnic.
Liang Le is a 28-year-old entrepreneur with an acquired disability due to a spinal injury. Her webstore, Arete First, has grown to have an e-commerce presence across multiple platforms like Lazada, Shopee, Ebay and Amazon.com. She now serves as a mentor as part of the SPD Transition to Employment Programme to inspire others to pursue their passions.
She is nominated by SPD.