A s a SAFRA volunteer, MAJ (NS) Khoo Sze Boon, chairman of the SAFRA Punggol Executive Committee, sees his role as leveraging on the different strengths and expertise of fellow volunteers to contribute cohesively to SAFRA.
What is your occupation and your role at SAFRA?
I’m the managing director of global construction consultancy practice Turner & Townsend overseeing the Singapore operation. I’m also on the South East Asia Board, and president of the Quantity Surveying Division of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers.
As chairman of SAFRA Punggol, I work with the Executive Committee to ensure the efficient running and management of the club. I’m also concurrently the vice chairman of the SAFRA Choa Chu Kang Development Committee and tasked with overseeing the development of the new clubhouse.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
Ensuring efficient time management between work, family and volunteering. Apart from regular meetings, there are key events to attend. This poses challenges when work travel increases – while not a major concern for now.
Why is volunteering at SAFRA important?
I’m pleasantly surprised by the DNA in many volunteers, which is passion for a common goal – serving NSmen and their families. This DNA has resonated strongly with me, where as an NSman, I feel I can contribute to the betterment of our community.
How do you juggle between career and personal life?
I will need to exercise time management between my career, other professional involvements, volunteering at SAFRA, and spending time with my family. Of course, I value my weekends with my family, since my weekdays are already committed to work and volunteering.
How do your family members feel about your role as a volunteer?
My wife is very supportive. She supports my passion in serving as a ROVERS [reservist on voluntary extended reserve service] and also my roles at SAFRA. She enjoys some of the volunteering experiences that I share.
Draw on an anecdote as a SAFRA volunteer that gave you the most personal satisfaction. Having served on two development committees – for Toa Payoh and Punggol clubhouses – it’s fulfilling to see how these facilities bring our NSmen community together.
Notwithstanding the fact that I’ve worked on development projects like Gardens by the Bay and Terminal 4 Changi Airport, the satisfaction is different with SAFRA.