Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award Recipient (2005)
~Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon 符喜泉女士~
A graduate of both Bachelor of Commerce from Nanyang University in 1971 and Master of Business from NTU in 1996, Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon has played many roles with rare distinction – Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mayor of South West District, trade union leader and mother of three.
For almost three decades, Mrs Yu-Foo served with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), rising from a divisional director to deputy secretary-general. She played a significant part in championing the cause of workers. She was also a founder of NTUC Childcare and NTUC Foodfare. For her exemplary contribution to the labour movement and co-operative movement, she was conferred the Rochdale Medal by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation in 1997. While at NTUC, she also served as a board member for several co-operatives, statutory boards and listed companies.
Her interests are wide and varied, ranging from reading, sports and meeting people, to political and community work, and cooking. Held as a role model for women in Singapore, she was named Woman of the Year in 1995 for her work in trade unions as well as her role as a grassroots leader concerned with women's rights and family values.
An example of her practical approach in helping women is her involvement with the Breast Cancer Foundation as patron.