Conceptually, I see my work, family time, volunteering commitments and NS obligations and so forth as a whole ecology – as a part of my life and my family’s life. There’s no “line” drawn to distinguish family time and, say, volunteering time.
The key to doing that is to be able to love everything you do, and do everything you love. To do that, it’s important to find purpose in everything you do.
How do your family members feel about your role as a volunteer/at SAFRA?
They are extremely supportive. I share my experiences and what I’ve learnt with them, and they also help share their views with me. In a way, we are all playing our part. And we all learn together and grow together.
Drawing on one particular volunteering event/anecdote over your years as a SAFRA volunteer, what gave you the most personal satisfaction and why?
Every memorable anecdote brings me back to one thing: the unbreakable bonds I made with fellow volunteers and SAFRA staff. SAFRA is truly one big family to me. And that always warm my heart.
What are some interesting things/facts that people might not be aware of your role as Chairman of the SAFRA Choa Chu Kang Executive Committee and Branding Comms Committee.
I do not have all the answers as Chairman. Through time, I realised that my role is not to have all the answers but all the right questions.
Some volunteers might be worried that they may not be able to juggle their time between their personal/professional lives and volunteering. What would you say to them?
Time will not come and look for you. You have to go look for it.
As the launch of SAFRA CCK is getting closer, being the Chairman of its Executive Committee and Branding Comms Committee must have its stressful moments. What inspires you to go on?
The SAFRA family. I’m inspired by all my fellow committee members, whom I’m learning from in every meeting and meet-up. I’m also inspired by all the SAFRA staff, who are truly one of the most passionate and hardest working people I know, constantly pursuing what is best for NSmen, and working tirelessly to strengthen our commitment to defence.
Meritorious Service Award
LTC (NS) Andy Tan Heok, BBM, has played many key roles in various SAFRA committees over the past 15 years. He first served as a Member of the SAFRA Town Club Executive Committee from 2005 to 2007. Since then, he has been serving as a Member of the SAFRA Management Committee.
2007-2011: Chairman, SAFRA Youth Network Committee
2011-2013: Chairman, SAFRA Tampines Executive Committee
2009-2013: Member, SAFRA Corporate Branding Committee
2013-Present: Chairman, SAFRA Corporate Branding Committee
2015: Chairman, SAFRA Celebration Run & Ride
2015-2017: Chairman, SAFRA Choa Chu Kang Concept Committee
2017-Present: Chairman, SAFRA Choa Chu Kang Development Committee
2018-Present: Member, SMART SAFRA Committee
SAFRA presented the Meritorious Service Award (Gold), and the 15-Year Long Service Award to LTC (NS) Andy Tan Heok, BBM, in recognition of his efforts. The award was presented by Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State for Defence & President of SAFRA on 26 September 2019.