Junie Foo is the new Group Executive Director of Methodist Welfare Services (MWS). The former banker, who attends Christ Methodist Church, took over the reins from Mrs Jenny Bong on 6 Aug 2018. She tells us more about herself and her hopes for MWS.
Q: Why did you join MWS?
A: I was at a high point in my banking career, but was looking to be more socially impactful. A series of unfortunate events triggered a very deep conversation with God about where He was leading me to next professionally. One day, while I was driving, God said to me: “If you don’t let go, how can you carry out the better plans I have for you?” It was a clear call to move out of the corporate world.
The day I resigned, I met a pastor. He mooted the idea of joining MWS as a Group Executive Director. I declined because I really wanted a break, but the seed was planted. I eventually found myself meeting with MWS Chairperson, the Rev Dr Daniel Koh, and subsequently the Board of Governance.
Q: What is your vision for MWS?
A: I believe we need to hold ourselves to high standards, even in social services. We should be professional in doing social work. I strongly believe in “doing good well” and hope to bring this perspective to our work at MWS.
I want to see MWS, the social concerns and outreach arm of the Methodist Church, encouraging and training church members to be more involved in social concerns. I want to create volunteering opportunities for them.
Q: Which MWS impact area do you feel most strongly for?
A: We talk about the effects of the Silver Tsunami, and how our elderly need the most help, but I believe families are at the root of it all. If we can address the issues that underprivileged families face, we can ensure the future of our elderly as well. This begins from our disadvantaged children at MWS D’Joy Children’s Centre, extending to our at-risk youths in MWS Girls’ Residence, and to our Family Service Centres.
Q: What are your favourite Bible verses?
A: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:1–2)
These verses remind me to remain God-centred in whatever I do, including in my own marriage.
Q: What do you do outside of work?
A: I enjoy oil painting and make time for it. I serve as the President of the Women’s Society of Christian Service in my church and facilitate the Disciple course. My husband and I have just started to go on mission trips annually. I am also involved in a few other non-profit organisations.
By the Methodist Welfare Services Communications Team
Photo courtesy of the Methodist Welfare Services