Coordinator, Human Resources-Learning and Development, Geraldine Chan actively participating at the sign language Workshop

Team Members showing their support and enthusiasm at the sign language Workshop

Over 40 Team Members participated in a sign language workshop that was conducted by The Singapore Association for the Deaf as part of Marina Bay Sands Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.

The one and half hour session was led by James Ong, an Executive Officer who is in charge of Program and Volunteer Coordination at The Singapore Association for the Deaf. Being hearing-impaired himself, James was the perfect workshop conductor for educating Team Members on deaf culture and misconceptions.

James shared the basics of sign language which included the alphabet, greetings and even cracked jokes. He was assisted by Dawn Lee, a volunteer who has mastered sign language and translated while James used sign language.

Team Members who attended echoed the same sentiment as Eugene Tong, Manager, Sustainability. He said, “It was my first time learning sign language and it was a great experience. James, our instructor taught us the alphabet, how to count and even how to converse using basic sign language. There were even signs for Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum and the Helix Bridge, not to mention a whole list of other popular attractions in Singapore. It’s really amazing how expressive sign language can be, and how unique and versatile it is at the same time”

Coordinator, Human Resources-Learning and Development, Geraldine Chan actively participating at the sign language Workshop

Team Members demonstrating their sign language skills with the first letter of their names (left to right) Vanessa Seah, Eugene Tong, Marc Komatsu, Charlene Ong and Kenji Nakamura

Team Members with James and Dawn depicting the sign language for Marina Bay Sands

Assistant Manager, Erica Ng and Senior Manager, Joyce Siew from Communications presented Dawn Lee and James Ong with a token of appreciation after the workshop

James teaching me the basics on conversational sign language. Thank you to June Neo for capturing the moment!