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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

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 impact
    • Conducted themselves in a manner that resulted in a sustained positive impact on gardening


Meet Your Friendly CIB Ambassadors

2021 CIB Ambassadors

 

Ms Angie Wong Chiew Shiar

Angie’s passion is gardening and giving back to the community.  She is the garden leader at the Rainforest Garden located within her condominium. She is also a member of the Choa Chu Kang Park community garden where she leads the gardeners to come together to organise Gardeners’ Get-Together to celebrate their bountiful harvest. The gardeners have been able to donate more than 200kg of their edible harvest to social organisations such as Bethany Nursing Home, SASCO Eldercare Centre and childcare centres.  Encouraged by the success of this garden’s give back initiative, she partnered with a nearby My First Skool pre-school to share edibles grown in the garden with the children who participated in decorating garden containers.  

 

Ms Joanora Ng Siew Lan

 

Joanora is a senior trainer in horticulture at the  Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Delta Senior School. She has designed and conceptualised many internal and external greenery projects within the school compound to benefit students in horticulture programmes at APSN.  Together with her students, Joanora reconceptualised and redesigned an existing garden within the school into a sensory garden.  This involved introducing therapeutic elements into the  garden to enable students with special needs to take  time out from their lessons to calm  themselves and enjoy a relaxing environment. Joanora has been instrumental in organising many horticultural events and activities for the benefit of her students such as organising a five-week long after school sessions on therapeutic horticulture and mindfulness. The aim of these sessions was to assist students with their development needs and to enhance their ability to focus in class. 

 

Mr Joshua Liang

 

Joshua gardens actively in the edible garden at Cosy Garden. He manages the weekly gardening activities and leads in producing educational posters and digital materials to engage residents and youths. He also oversees new projects such as edible garden, foliage garden, butterfly garden, orchid garden and green walls and curates events to attract more youth to gardening and horticulture. He recently led the corridor gardening sessions at Boon Lay Constituency as one of the speakers on propagating and growing edible plants at home.  He regularly hosts tours of Cosy Garden for school children and teaches them about the benefits of gardening as well as the use of orange peel to produce food enzyme which helps to reduce food wastage.

 

 

Mdm Norasikin Bte Supelan

 

Norasikin is a garden member at the Al-Mukminin Mosque where she guides the gardening team to maintain their edible garden.  She has been instrumental in providing gardening advice and guidance to the garden volunteers on the types of plants and edibles to introduce into the garden.  Since the start of the Covid -19 pandemic, she has been sharing horticulture techniques with the garden volunteers using an online platform. With her friendly and cheerful personality, she was able to motivate and lead a group of volunteers to set up an edible garden for Madrasah Al-Arabiah Green Club. She has been actively supporting NParks events such as corridor gardening in housing estates and Community Garden Edible Gardens Competition. She also shares her gardening interest on Facebook and reaches out to members of the public on plant propagation and shares her gardening tips.

 

 

Mr Kevin Tan

 

Kevin is the gregarious garden leader at the ActiveSG Community Garden Urban Farm in Woodlands Sports Centre. Kevin and his team initiated the first edible garden within a sports centre in Singapore. From a humble handful of three volunteers, his pool of volunteers has grown to over 20 active gardeners who not only partake in sports but also engage in gardening to keep themselves healthy. Together with his team, they have engaged over 900 students. He has also worked with charity organisations like Metta Homes, and senior care homes to provide advice on growing edibles. Kevin leads his team to actively reach out to schools, pre-schools and other sports centres to set up their own gardens by providing advice on design and plant choices. They have helped to set up new gardens in Yio Chu Kang Sports Centre, Toa Payoh Sports Centre, Marsiling Secondary School and Canberra Secondary School. Recently, Kevin led his gardening volunteers in Woodlands Sports Centre to clinch the Garden of the Year Award in CIB Awards 2021.

 

 

Mr Prakash Jethwa

Prakash is a garden leader at Waterview NC Veggie Garden and has been gardening for over five years.  He spearheaded the initial planning, set up and implementation of the Waterview NC Veggie Garden and encouraged more residents to join the garden and make it a success. Prakash regularly arranges seedlings, fertilisers and tools for the gardeners to use, and invested time in teaching the gardeners on how to do vertical gardening in a sustainable way. This involved optimising the existing garden set up, making feasible changes, adding boxed planter areas for planting, plumbing for irrigation and support structures for fruiting plants. Prakash also started a ‘Garden-To-Plate’ photo initiative on a WhatsApp chat group where members could show their harvest and the interesting culinary dishes created with them. Through these activities, Prakash has engendered strong community bonds among residents.

 

 

2020 CIB Ambassadors

Ms Sharon Tay

Sharon is the Garden Leader at Punggol Cascadia Sky Garden.  She started her open roof garden through HDB’s ‘Friendly Faces Lively Places’ fund.  Together with the other garden members, she conceptualised the new community garden and developed  a series of engaging gardening related programmes to enthuse residents and students.  Her knowledge and enthusiasm in promoting edible gardening was notable and she was featured regularly in Punggol’s community magazine which is disseminated to all residents in Punggol SMC.

She also participated in an interview for urban farming research by Yale-NUS on the Punggol Cascadia garden model. Sharon is able to contextualise the knowledge learnt from overseas homestead and farms about organic farming which she had shared with more than 150 residents. Beyond the garden she initiated, she has also provided guidance to several other groups to start their journey in setting up community gardens.

 

Mr Tan Soon Kiong Desmond

Desmond is the garden leader at “Our Kampong Farm” a rooftop community garden in Bedok for about 7 years and has hosted many gardening groups in his garden to share his extensive knowledge on edible growing. Together with his fellow gardeners, he converted the peg trays of previously growing grass to a wide array of leafy edibles. He has actively guided groups from diverse backgrounds such as schools for special needs students and private estate community gardening groups to grow edible plants.

He is also knowledgeable in DIY irrigation set-ups and often guides new gardening groups that are interested to start irrigation and water conservation projects in their gardens. Beyond hosting visits, Desmond also assists other new groups with designing of community gardens including rejuvenation of Kaki Bukit Green RC and Geylang Serai CC community gardens. Desmond regularly conducts gardening workshops for his new and existing community gardeners at least twice a year.   


 

Mr Teng Boon Bee

Mr Teng is the garden leader of Hillview Vantage NC and has been gardening for 20 years. Despite having many years of experience, he is a strong believer of lifelong learning and has attended urban farming courses by ITE East. He actively applied his knowledge to grow his edible plants better and shared the knowledge with more gardeners. 

Mr Teng enjoys experimenting innovative ways to grow plants such as creating planters with used pots and even created an orchid display wall with wine bottles. He also believes in the therapeutic benefits of gardening. He received training on therapeutic horticulture from NParks and today he leads therapeutic horticulture sessions for seniors and caregivers living in the vicinity. Some of these sessions are aimed to improve fine motor skills through involving the seniors in soil mixing or simple propagation techniques such as stem cutting.

 

Mr Daryl Tan

Daryl Tan has been a key leader of Tampines Arcadia RC garden since 2014. He often shares his gardening knowledge with the other community gardeners in Tampines GRC. Working with Peoples’ Association, he also helped to launch the Community Fridge at the café corner near their RC sharing excess harvest with residents in the vicinity.

He became the project lead for the community garden when the estate was going through the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) in Tampines Central in 2019. After 8 months of rejuvenation, Tampines Arcadia RC garden was transformed into a fenceless, wheelchair friendly garden for the enjoyment of all the residents.  Constantly looking to introduce new programmes, Daryl introduced vermicomposting to his garden group. He continues to conduct regular gardening and harvesting sessions for both his garden group and residents.

 

Mr Victor Koh

Victor is the affable garden leader of Chartwell NC community garden. He has been gardening for over 40 years and participated in various NParks events such as Gardeners’ Cup where he gained new plant knowledge and shared it with fellow gardeners. He manages 2 open concept community gardens in the Chartwell neighbourhood parks which he lovingly takes care with his fellow gardeners for the benefit of the residents.

Victor enjoys sharing his gardening knowledge especially about indoor gardening techniques at regular sharing sessions or community events such as Gardeners’ Day Out and Chartwell NC events.  

 

Mr Shaji Maroli Vadara

Shaji has been the garden leader at Ayer Rajah Teban Gardens RN for about 8 years. Having successfully experimented with hydroponics and DIY planter beds, he was able to share his knowledge of irrigation systems and vertical greenery with all his gardeners and residents that are keen to start similar projects.

Beyond this garden, Shaji also helped to start community gardens at foreign worker dormitories including JTC Recreation Centre where he helped with the design, plant choices and DIY irrigation system. Shaji enjoys sharing gardening knowledge and often conducts workshops such as orchid propagation, use of drainage cells as planters for residents and students .

 

Mr Dominic Seow

Dominic Seow is the garden leader at Hewlett Packard (HP) community garden. Trained as an engineer, he is passionate about gardening and led the set-up of the hydroponic vertical greenery system in HP’s rooftop by leveraging his engineering knowledge. He also applied his knowledge in 3D printing to create the pot holders for vertical planting and developed software to monitor the nutrient levels of the water in the system. 

To date, he has hosted several gardening groups in HP to share about the hydroponics and DIY vertical greenery systems and his gardening journey. Dominic has shared his horti-tech knowledge with other gardens including pre-school gardens. Together with pre-school teachers, he built irrigation systems and DIY composting bins for the children to learn about food waste composting.

 

Ms Peggy Leow

Peggy Leow is the garden leader at Tampines Palmspring RC garden, and she has been gardening for 30 years. Despite her hearing impairment and having to care for a special-needs child, she actively engages with the residents to share her love and experience for gardening.

She is proficient in sign language and is able to lip read and interact with other gardeners through body language. Through her actions, she inspired other residents to join her in gardening. Her bubbly personality enables her to interact well with kindergarten children to share her harvest and knowledge. 

 

2019 CIB Ambassadors

Mr Roseli Bin Rasiman

Roseli Bin Rasiman / Garden Leader @ ST Engineering Land Systems

Roseli has been instrumental in co-leading ST Engineering Land Systems’ participation in three Gardeners’ Cup and three CIB Awards since 2014. For the past six years, he has helped to rally more than 1000 staff to join the annual mass planting event to support the Clean & Green Singapore campaign. To date, more than 18,000 shrubs and trees have been added to ST Engineering Land Systems’ compound.

To promote a stronger gardening culture among his colleagues, he organised annual garden competitions among the six community gardens in the ST group. Beyond ST, he has gone the extra mile to promote gardening to students of Fuhua Primary and My First Skool. His passion for gardening have helped inspire a new generation of community gardeners.

Mdm Teh Mooi Yan

Teh Mooi Yan / Garden Leader @ Choa Chu Kang Park Gardening Interest Group

 

Mooi Yan has been involved in Choa Chu Kang (CCK) Park CIB garden since 2014. She has actively organised gardening-related events and led the CCK team in the Gardeners’ Cup 2018 competition.

As a former lecturer, her passion for learning and sharing motivated her to enrol in gardening classes and therapeutic horticulture (TH) training, to equip herself with the skills to conduct TH sessions and gardening workshops for new gardeners. Her warm and engaging disposition has attracted over 50 volunteers to join her in promoting healthy eating using freshly harvested edible produce from her community garden.

Mr Mohan s/o Krishnamoorthy

Mohan s/o Krishnamoorthy / Teacher, Hougang Primary School

 

Mohan is an exemplary garden leader who has led Hougang Primary School to achieve five consecutive CIB Award Platinum bandings and three Excellence Awards in 2010, 2014 and 2018. He was instrumental in establishing more than six different types of gardens within the school compound. His extensive knowledge of gardening and plant species has led to the school to have an orchid hybridisation project, a lushly planted DIY vertical green wall, a range of biodiversity attracting plants and habitats, as well horti-technology like hydroponics and ecological practices like vermi-composting.

Through these projects, Mohan has been able to influence and guide fellow educators and schools to set up new gardens, and share his hands-on skills. Beyond the school, he has also trained gardeners in Meranti home @ Pelangi Village to set up their own DIY green wall, to benefit their residents and to help bring nature closer to them.

Mdm Asitikoma Binte Sumali

Asitikoma Binte Sumali / Garden Member @ Yishun Clover Garden

 

Koma has been an active gardener and a poster person for active aging, having joined the Woodlands Zone 2 Community garden back in 2004 and is currently a member of the Yishun Clover Garden since 2016.  She is also actively helping out at Yusof Ishak garden and Our Tampines Hub (OTH) Garden, travelling across the island to share her love for gardening.

She has also facilitated and engaged VIPs, residents and visitors at the OTH Garden. She specialises in growing edibles (mainly vegetables and herbs) and propagates ornamental flowers. Always a keen learner, Koma attended the MND Leadership camp in 2014 and her positive outlook has enabled her to influence fellow gardeners, young and old.

Mdm Julia Liew Ah Sau

Julia Liew Ah Sau / Garden Leader @ Bukit Panjang Zone 8 RC Community Garden

 

With her dynamic personality and leadership, Julia has started over seven CIB gardens around Bukit Panjang. She specialises in growing edibles and her teams have consistently won awards in the Edible Competitions organised by NParks. A strong believer of giving back to the community, she organised the annual charity sale of edible harvest, with the funds collected being donated to charity. Under her guidance, the CIB gardens have achieved gold and platinum bandings.

Julia is also one of the main advisors for Bukit Panjang Town Council, guiding them in garden design and standards. Through this collaborative effort, she helped to create more sustainable community gardens, allowing gardeners and residents to enjoy these green spaces in their community. She is an attentive leader, who is always ready to listen and provide advice on anything regarding edible gardening.

Mr Darren Ng Boon Kiang

Darren Ng Boon Kiang/ Garden Leader @ Siglap South CC Gardening Interest Group

 

Darren has been a key leader in the Siglap South CC Gardening Interest Group since 2016.  He is an active member of Green Culture, Urban Farmers, Exotic Plants SG and Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA).  Darren majored in Botany in NUS and specialises in orchids, bromeliads and ferns.

He spreads his knowledge on orchids through workshops and social media. To date, he has conducted over six specialised workshops covering topics such as orchid care and herbs cultivation. Being a key leader in orchids, ferns and ornamental sections, he is able to engage members of public through the sharing of gardening knowledge.

 

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

With her 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.

 

View CIB Ambassadors from 2008 to 2017.
Last updated on 23 November 2021

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