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CIB Ambassadors

An award that recognises the efforts of our volunteers, the CIB Ambassador Award serves to celebrate individuals who have significantly contributed through various means and channels to foster the love for gardening among Singaporeans.

CIB Ambassadors are volunteers with passion, who go above and beyond in spreading the gardening bug and helping others enjoy gardening. They contribute time, effort and/or resources regularly and actively engage with the community to facilitate the community's gardening-based initiatives.

For more information or enquiries on the CIB Ambassador Award, drop us an email at communityinbloom@nparks.gov.sg.

Nominations for CIB Ambassador Awards

Nominate a volunteer whom you think has gone the extra mile to share their passion for gardening.

Download the CIB Ambassador Award nomination form and submit your nominations to clarence_lee@nparks.gov.sg by 30 June 2019.

Who can qualify as CIB Ambassador?

CIB Ambassador Award individual nominations are obtained from the existing pool of volunteers of Community In Bloom (CIB Friends) as well as from third party nominations.

What are the Judging Criteria?

Nominated individuals must have the qualities to have performed or possess the following:

  • Promote love for gardening
    • Organised initiatives that resulted in greater awareness towards the benefits of gardening
    • Engaged the public to spread gardening during road shows, exhibitions, community events, websites, blogs, etc.
  • Spread gardening knowledge to the community
    • Organised or facilitated gardening seminars, talks or sharing sessions
    • Provided gardening tips through articles in media, web-based gardening blogs or forums, opening-up community gardens for learning, etc.
    • Conducted or hosted learning visits to gardens, connected community gardening groups, etc.
  • Facilitate gardening-based community projects
    • Helped community groups in housing estates, schools and organisations to set up their gardening projects through providing guidance, resources, materials, etc.
  • Positive conduct
    • Conducted themselves in a manner that resulted in a sustained positive impact on gardening


Meet Your Friendly CIB Ambassadors

2018 CIB Ambassadors

Mr Andy Ang Hock Seng

Andy Ang Hock Seng / Head Instructor, APSN Tanglin School

Andy is a great motivator who is able to inspire and create a positive impact on the gardening movement by sharing the joys of gardening especially with the special needs community.

He teaches at the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Tanglin School and inspires students through various gardening activities such as “Projects of Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS)”. Through his work and activities, he has enabled more than 10 students to attain employment at plant nurseries throughout Singapore. His determination and efforts have made gardening inclusive by creating opportunities for persons with special needs to benefit from the joys of gardening.

Mr Asari Bin Rafie

Asari Bin Rafie/ Assistant Garden Leader @ Jurong Cental Zone D Community Garden

Asari is a source of inspiration to many with his creative solutions to gardening. Coupled with his warm and friendly personality, he fosters immediate connections with people through his constant experiments and practical innovations. He has successfully tapped into horticulture technology like hydroponics and nutrient film techniques to grow uncommon edibles like sweet melons, strawberries and even raspberries.

 

He is certainly an epitome for active aging and also as a life-long learner who has used his knowledge to develop gardening opportunities along corridors, balconies and space constrained areas.

Mr Abdul Kareem Bin Nizam Mohideen

Abdul Kareem Bin Nizam Mohideen / Garden Leader @ Al-Mawaddah Mosque Garden

Kareem’s gardening efforts truly embody CIB’s tagline “Everybody Can Garden!” He is the founder and Garden Leader at Al-Mawaddah Mosque which is home to more than 7 themed gardens – ornamental, orchid, fruit orchard, fernery and rooftop cactus garden among others.

 

With his enthusiasm and commitment, Kareem has inspired and motivated members of other mosques and places of worship to join gardening activities and to set up community gardens. He actively promotes the use of ‘3R’s by constructing various DIY garden features such as rotating compost bin from recycled materials and even plans to do a DIY green wall project.

Mdm Josephine Tan Kwai Sim

Josephine Tan Kwai Sim / Assistant Garden Leader @ Wo Wu Yuan Community Garden

Josephine has been a CIB volunteer since 2012 and an active peer leader in PA Plant & Gardening Interest Group. She has been tirelessly sharing gardening tips with residents and gardening members. Josephine has appeared in the PA Lifeskills & Lifestyle Division Magazine Series to promote indoor and outdoor gardening workshops.

 

She has a dynamic personality and promotes gardening to seniors so they remain actively engaged and socially connected. These gardening efforts has helped to enhance the wellbeing of seniors and has proven effective in mitigating the onset of a variety of cognitive impairments.

Miss Felicia Tan

Felicia Tan / Garden Leader @ Farm Gaya Community Garden

Withher affable personality, Felicia makes gardening interesting and engaging by incorporating botanical arts and crafts within garden spaces. These art pieces have proven to be popular with not only children but those young at heart. Creating DIY garden structures using natural colourful dyes from flowers and recycled materials, she captures the imagination of the community and educates them on plants and their uses.

 

She enthusiastically welcomes any visitor to her community garden and shares with them the uses of various edible plant parts that are used during national celebrations. She has certainly inspired a generation of gardeners to make gardening more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Miss Sylvia Chua

Sylvia Chua Bee Choo / Assistant Garden Leader @ Marine Crescent Ville RC Community Garden

Sylvia is an outgoing community garden leader who has a wealth of knowledge in growing edibles. With the current growing interest in urban farming, Sylvia has sparked interest among community gardeners to start edible gardens especially in condominiums and many preschools.

 

She constantly learns and expands her gardening knowledge and skills by attending various workshops of growing leafy and fruited vegetables which she readily shares through social media. She has also honed her skills in creating indoor gardens by creating terrariums and dish gardens.

 

2017 CIB Ambassadors

Mdm Lyvenne Phoon

Lyvenne is the Garden Leader for Spectra Secondary School Community Garden. She has been involved in gardening for over 10 years and continues to be driven by her strong belief about the importance of educating the young.

Lyvenne spearheaded the Garden-based Service Learning (GBSL) Programme for all Secondary 1 students in her school. As a result of her efforts, all Secondary 1 students had the opportunity to participate in gardening programmes. To sustain the garden, Lyvenne has recruited more than 30 volunteers, including parents, nearby residents, teachers, students and farming enthusiasts. She is also always ready to provide horticulture advice to others who need help in their gardens.

Mr Kong Wah Beng

Wah Beng is a self-taught gardener who has been involved in gardening for over 6 years. He is the Garden Leader for Eng Kong-Cheng Soon Community Garden and is always looking for new opportunities to learn and improve his gardening knowledge. His skills include Air Layering, Grafting, DIY Fruit Fly trap making and Fruit Enzyme making.

Wah Beng participated in the Gardener’s Cup under the North West CDC and conducted workshops at other gardens to impart his knowledge on vermicomposting and kokedama.Hehas also shared his knowledge with teachers, polytechnic students and Teck Ghee Community gardeners, and regularly conducts talks and presentations during the monthly Gardeners’ Day Out event at HortPark. Wah Beng is ready to assist and would provide starter kits and worms to gardeners interested in starting their own vermicomposting.

Mdm Cheryl Wee Ngah Leng

Gardening since 2012, Cheryl is now an active community gardener at Princess Elizabeth Primary School. She is an engaging leader who regularly brings the community together to work on various projects in the garden such as painting the garden’s walls and revamping its frontage.

Cheryl is comfortable speaking publicly and has conducted outreach and sharing sessions at various schools and community gardens. She has also conducted sharing sessions on butterfly ecology and plants and their cultural significance, with students from neighbouring schools. Cheryl spearheaded the set-up of Ng Teng Fong and Farm Gaya Community Gardens with Yuhua and Jurong Central residents, and during her free time, she regularly shares information about flora and fauna with the gardening fraternity via social media platforms.

 

Mdm Josephyne Ho

Josephyne has over five years of gardening experience and is the Garden Leader in Etonhouse Preschool (Mountbatten) Community Garden. She actively advocates Green Education and nurtures her love for nature with a hands on approach, helping to personally guide the teachers in the centre.

Since 2011, Josephyne has been participating in Green Wave, Gardeners’ Day Out and Singapore Garden Festival. She led the set-up of butterfly gardens at two branches of Etonhouse, and organised multiple terrarium-making workshops for children and families using recycled bottles which helped nurture an interest in recycling among her pre-schoolers. Josephyne received the 2016 CIB Platinum Award for her contributions towards building the Etonhouse Pre-School (223 Mountbatten) Community Garden.

Mr Lee Wei Ming

As a Garden Leader, Wei Ming has been gardening at Yio Chu Kang Zone 1 Community Garden since 2014. Always ready to try out new ideas, he is willing to learn and adopt new gardening practices. He helped to set up Farm Gaya at Kim Tian West RC, as well as various gardens in swimming complexes such as Kallang Basin, Bishan, Toa Payoh, Geylang East and Ang Mo Kio.

Wei Ming is active on social media, using this platform to promote good gardening practices amongst his gardening network. He has also conducted gardening courses organised by AVA, and enjoys interacting with fellow gardeners to share ideas.

Mr Siva Rajoo

With over five years of experience, Rajoo now teaches and encourages others to take up gardening. He is the Garden Leader in Bedok Sunflower RC Community Garden where he readily shares his gardening knowledge with seniors and the young.

Rajoo regularly participates in other CIB gardening events such as Fengshan Topaz RC Farmer’s Market and Bedok Bungah Merah RC Green Day. He has also assisted in the rejuvenation of four community gardens in educational institutions: Star Learner Kindergarten, Bedok Green Primary School Student Care, Bedok Green Primary Gardening Club and Bedok View Secondary School. Rajoo enjoys growing grapes, roses and orchids in the community gardens.

 

View CIB Ambassadors from 2008 to 2016.

Last updated on 11 September 2019

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