The Silent Heroes Award ("Award") was first launched in 2014. Since then, the Award ceremony has traditionally been hosted at the Shangri-La Hotel, during the third quarter of the year. The guest-of-honour at the inaugural awards ceremony in 2014 was Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Law.
In the year 2016, the Award's third consecutive year, the ceremony was held at the Shangri-La Hotel on 27 August 2016. The guest-of-honour for 2016 was Mr. Ong Ye Kung, acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence. The Award was presented across specific social and community categories in which candidates have made significant contributions.
Each year the Award committee will set up the categories and the set of criteria for suitable qualifying candidates to fulfil. The Award ceremony for 2016 was open to both individuals, and also to organisations across most categories.
CATEGORIES FOR 2016
Hearts of Humanity
Individuals and organisations helping others with disabilities, or individuals facing disabilities themselves and have not allowed their debilitations to get in the way of their goals. In achieving these goals, they have also inspired others to aspire towards greatness.
Exponents of Environment
Individuals and organisations who have worked to protect the environment by driving knowledge, awareness, involvement and action through education, fund-raising, petitions, government dialogues, and grass roots campaigns.
Pioneers of Promise
Special (individuals-only) category for Singapore’s pioneers who are using their skill-sets and experiences to raising awareness of social causes, promoting harmony within communities, helping youth aspire towards greater goals, and making good on the promise that no one is too old or too young to aspire.
Women of Will
Individuals and organisations who have demonstrably contributed towards improving society through advocacy for gender equality. Efforts range from raising awareness on workplace harassment and supporting single mothers, to inspiring women towards careers in traditionally male-dominated fields such as STEM, construction, and shipping.
Students of Spirit
Individuals and organisations who have set an example to others, and inspired their peers and groups through outstanding achievements in sports, academics, community initiatives, and peer progress. These achievements have been sustained and significant, and have either directly, or have indirectly but clearly benefitted others.
Previous Award categories have included such diverse issues as environmental awareness, enterprising youth, reformation of ex-convicts, and exemplary figures from our pioneer generation. In all categories, the keyword is ‘Silent’. One of the key criteria for each award is that all nominees are everyday individuals who do not possess celebrity status or significant prior recognition for similar past achievements.
The club’s president, Mr. MP Sellvem said, “our mission, since our founding in 1964, has always been to improve the lives of Singapore by imbuing each and every citizen with the resilience of the kampong spirit, upon which our nation was built.”
While the Hillview Civilians Sports Club creates, administers, and funds the entire event, judging is conducted by an independent panel assembled from outside the club.
The judges for 2016 Award were:
• Ms Tina Hung (Deputy CEO-NCSS)
• Mr David Gerald (President & CEO-SIAS)
• Ms Karen Chang ( Senior Vice Dean & Group Director - Duke-NUS Medical School)
• Dr Mohamed Nawab (Assistant Professor-RSIS & NTU)
Nominations were made online at www.hillviewcivilians.club for all categories, and for both individuals and organisations. Typically another person or entity nominates a candidate, but self-nomination was also allowed. The launch of the Silent Heroes Award 2016 was held on 23 May 2016, at the Marriott Hotel (Tang Plaza, Orchard Road). The guest-of-honour for the launch was Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Mayor of South West CDC. Ms Low officiated the launch ceremony where the new website, www.hillviewcivilians.club, went live.