At ISCA, we believe that a profession that works hard also plays hard. We have organised a range of activities – from networking events to talk and leisure events – to nurture our members’ professional development and bring the profession closer together. We also believe in continuous learning and developing our staff with challenging and meaningful work, and support them with a range of leisure activities and engagement programmes and strive to build an environment that is both conducive and inspiring, and encourage our people to harmonise their work and personal life.
ISCA Run 2018
The annual ISCA Run, which took place on 26 May, attracted 1,400 participants from different segments of the profession and countries like the United States, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, Switzerland and the UK. There were participants of all ages, from four-year-olds in the Family Fun Dash to a 72-year-old running the five-kilometre category.
Close to 260 teams took part in the ISCA Games, which saw friendly competition in 27 games in 2018. The event closed with a night of celebrations for all participants, with KPMG emerging as the year’s overall winners.
ISCA ranked second overall in the annual Inter-Professional Games, clinching the top spot for Basketball, Floorball and Table Tennis and second place in Badminton, Squash, Tennis and Volleyball. The competition was hosted by the Law Society of Singapore, and included teams from professional bodies like ISCA, Singapore Institute of Architects, Singapore Medical Association, the Institute of Engineers Singapore, and the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers.
ISCA members had an opportunity to wind down and network at the Mingles events, which included the Bartending and Mixology Night with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in March, a preview of the new Lexus RX350L in June, and an evening of art and wine in November.
ISCA Cares, ISCA’s charity arm, continued to receive strong support from the accountancy profession. Baker Tilly and RSM Singapore provided the largest corporate donations in 2018, and PwC offered the use of its new premises at Marina One for the ISCA Cares Bursary Awards Ceremony. Bursaries totalling over $80,000 were distributed to 29 students from needy families to support their school tuition fees and daily basic needs. ISCA Cares Chairperson, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, delivered the opening address at the event and extended her appreciation to donors and ISCA members who have mentored the youths.
ISCA Cares also actively promotes skilled volunteerism among its members. Currently, it matches charities looking for skill-based volunteers and ISCA members who are keen to help out in finance and accounting activities. Moving forward, ISCA Cares hopes to harness the knowledge, skills and expertise of the accountancy community and collaborate with appropriate partners on community development projects targeted at improving the community.
In addition to receiving financial support from donors, ISCA Cares also set up booths to create awareness and raise funds by selling merchandise, such as notebooks and pouches, at various ISCA events.
Our employee bonding activities and events focus on fostering teamwork and communications to build a unified and effective team to serve our members and the community.
Staff activities in the past year included the Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner, Movie Night, Happy Hour and the annual Dinner & Dance. Employee dialogue sessions, such as Townhall 2018, CEO Dialogue 2018 and Senior Management bonding sessions, were platforms for our staff to communicate their views to the senior management.
The format of the CEO Dialogue was revamped in 2018. Staff dialogued and built close bonds with the senior management team through activities such as board games and workshops on leather craft, terrarium making, soy candles and art jamming.
In line with the theme of promoting employee health and wellness, ISCA held a lunchtime talk followed by a health screening for our staff. Mr David Seah, an educator and resource speaker from Fei Yue’s Family Central shared tips on effective inter-generational communication and building good family ties. Our staff members were provided with a complimentary health screening at ISCA House, including a bone density test and back and spine screening.
Lastly, we have continued to build a learning culture by providing opportunities for staff to attend courses and seminars.
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