Ms Agnes Eu

Ms Agnes Eu is the Chief Executive of HomeTeamNS, an organization set up to recognize the contributions of NSmen from the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force, for their role in keeping Singapore safe and secure. With three decades of experience in building, operating and managing clubhouses that must continually sustain interests, Agnes is an avid subscriber to change and transformation. During the COVID-19 crisis, she transformed the organization into a virtual clubhouse in less than 30 days. She is also a strong advocate for talent and leadership development. Agnes holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master in Communications Management from the National University of Singapore and the University of South Australia, respectively. She enjoys and supports the performing arts, and in her free time, draws, reads and makes music.

Ms Tricia Pang

Tricia is a Certified Professional Transformation Coach, with a niche in supporting health and mental wellbeing. Her keen listening skills & non-judgmental approach provides a safe space for her clients to explore their fullest potential. Tricia guides client through a journey of self-discovery; fresh perspectives; renew optimism; and to build on everyone’s innate wisdom, in spite of their health and emotional challenges. Tricia believes that reassessment & personal growth should be lifelong. She has been featured by Straits Times, radio station, magazines and invited to speak at health awareness events for her work in the community.

Combined with her professional credentials & passion to serve, Tricia has supported many people all walks of life to live a balanced, fulfilled & purposeful life. She continues to contribute her time, effort, skill, and compassion with volunteer organizations such as Breast Cancer Foundation, National University Hospital, SPARKS (ADHD support group), Growthbeans (Find Your Ikigai programme); A New Vision (Fundraising for Cataract surgeries), and International Coaching Federation (Health and Wellness Community of Practice Leader) to creating a positive community impact.

She started volunteering for Breast Cancer Foundation for over a decade ago, from the Newton office to Kallang office to the current Sin Ming office. Tricia is a BC survivor since 2007 and have used her skills as a Transformation Coach to support many of the newly diagnosed patients through their cancer journey. Her roles at BCF spans from Mandarin Support Group Leader, Young Women Support Group Mentor, Support Group Coordinator, Phone Befriender, Hospital Visit Befriender and Awareness Talks Survivor Sharer. She has also witnessed the transition that BCF and the BC community have gone through over the years and have close relationships with members. Tricia has the heart and integrity to serve and advocate for the BCF and the BC Community.

Mrs Catherine Ng

Catherine Ng, breast cancer survivor, who received treatment overseas (i.e. USA), was one of the pioneers of Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF). 20 years ago, she saw the gap in Singapore’s support system for breast cancer patients.

At that point of time, there was no organisation in Singapore that reached out to breast cancer patients specifically, so it was difficult for breast cancer patients and survivors to find a sensitive support system. After learning and observing how foreign organisations provided support for patients, Catherine, together with a group of friends and lay-led professionals who were passionate for the cause, founded BCF in 1997. Throughout the 19years, Catherine has been relentless in giving to the organisation, ensuring a strong support network for newly diagnosed women and their family members.

In 1995, when Catherine was 57, she was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer that was discovered in her left breast during a regular medical check-up. After she underwent lumpectomy, she began several rounds of radiation and chemotherapy within a year which made her feel very weak and had regular mood swings that caused her to flare up very easily. She was constantly suffering from nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and mouth ulcers which made her hair loss condition less significant at that point in time.

Her husband, Mr. Jackie Ng, also a founding member of BCF, and children were Catherine’s pillars of support during the hard times. Her family accompanied her to treatment sessions and cooked healthy meals, amongst the many things they did to make her feel the love and support they have for her. Her husband even helped to shave her head when she began losing her hair and reassured her that she was still beautiful, often giving her lots of encouragement and motivation.

With the help of prayers and meditation coupled with Catherine’s strong will and self-discipline, she was guided back on a steady road to recovery. “Your mind must be very strong because when your mind is strong, your body will be strong.” As a founding member of BCF, she was kept busy with many activities including volunteering activities with BCF members, visiting patients in hospitals, setting up the English and Mandarin support groups and establishing BCF operations including the hospital counselling programme.

She never looked back since and returned to work three years after the diagnosis. Today, Catherine remains an active member of BCF and her story serves as an epitome that there is indeed, life after breast cancer.

Associate Professor Mikael Hartman

Assoc Prof Mikael Hartman is a breast cancer specialist and the head of a research group of more than 10 members at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, he received his medical training at Karolinska Institute, where he was board certified in General Surgery in 2005. Dr Hartman’s doctoral studies in epidemiology led to his specialization in breast cancer etiology and prognostication, as well as inheritance of cancer prognosis. He leads the development of the Singapore Breast Cancer Cohort, the Singapore-Malaysia Breast Cancer Working Group, and the Breast Cancer Prevention Programme. In 2014, he rode a motorcycle from Singapore to Sweden to create awareness for breast cancer and research, which resulted in the initiation of the Asian Breast Cancer Research Fund to support breast cancer-related research across Asia.