(This article was prepared as a part of our eNewsletter dated 31 March 2020. Fill in the form at the bottom of our main webpage to subscribe for future eNewsletter)
Most members would know that the Western Australia Chinese Chamber of Commerce (WACCC) is managed by a group of (currently) 18 volunteer council members, and is led by President Khoon Tan.
Who are these council members? In a series of articles, we will interview each council member to get to know the individual behind the name and the photo.
|Occupation:||Owner/Manager, Café Denada, 38 Moolyeen Rd, Mount Pleasant, WA|
Question: Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?
Nicholas: My name is Nicholas Ng. I am a Chinese Singaporean who has been in Australia since 1998. I came to Australia as an oversea student, met my wife here and got married. We now have two young children, ages 5 and 9.
I am the owner / manager of Café Denada, a popular local café at Mount Pleasant, a leafy suburb south of the Swan River in Perth. My partner and I took over this business a year ago and we have been busy building it up. We’ve improved sales and received good feedback, but it has been hit hard by the recent pandemic. I pray that things will return to normal soon.
Prior to taking over Café Denada, I worked in different positions in the food and wine industry. They include operation manager of a food retail chain, international wine sales and marketing for a WA winery, and restaurant manager in a Singaporean hotel.
Question: How long have you been involved in the Chamber? and how long have you been a council member?
Nicholas: I have been with the Chamber since 2006 (14 years), and I was appointed council member in 2009 (11 years). By my calculation, I will become an honorary life member in another six years!
Question: Do you have any specific roles or responsibilities at the Chamber?
Nicholas: Currently I am assisting Senior Vice President Tony Chong with the running of Coffee Shop Forum events. I am also running the Chamber’s Youth Group activities.
In the past, I took on roles including Chamber Maintenance Manager (responsible for its renovation) and China Trade Mission leader (2010 to 2013).
Question: Has your involvement with the Chamber and as a council member been good for you?
Nicholas: Well it’s been a nice train ride, with some ups and downs. I’m very happy to be part of this family and meet people from different levels with their own perspective towards life and work. I am still learning, and believe it will be an ongoing education for me.
One lesson I learnt is that as a council member, we should work as a team and support the President and other senior council members. When the Chamber looks good, we all look good.
I will continue to support the Chamber, and contribute my time and resources to further its activities.