June Goh-Rin About The Storms She Has Weathered And Lessons Learnt
Prestige Singapore|January 2022
Throughout the challenges of the last two years, June Goh-Rin did not lose an ounce of optimism. She tells Annabel Tan about the storms she has weathered, lessons learnt, as well as the wisdom she is taking into this brand new year.
Annabel Tan
In contrast to the glamorous side of Dr June Goh-Rin that most people see, the version of her that I meet on a late Thursday afternoon has just come from a long shift at the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Donning her scrubs with her face bearing creases from wearing an N95 mask all day, June somehow still manages to look radiant and is perky throughout our chat.

I later learn that hers is a strong, positive energy that emanates from within. Just by counting the many hats she wears, it is clear that it takes someone as resilient, driven and passionate as June to do it all. As a senior consultant and director of Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care at the largest hospital in Singapore, she typically spends one of every five weeks at the NICU, and the rest of the time in the operating theatre. She is a mother of two and also juggles teaching at Duke-NUS Medical School, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

On top of work and family commitments, she devotes a lot of her time to volunteer work, various community causes and passions. June is the immediate past president at Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), where she has also served as president, second and first vice-presidents in her earlier terms. She is also immediate past president of the Asean Confederation of Women’s Organisations (ACWO), and sits on the boards of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore) (AWDS) and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. In addition, she chairs the transplant oversight committee in SGH and serves as the director of philanthropy in the SingHealth Anaesthesia Academic Clinical Programme.

It is a laundry list of roles and responsibilities for an extraordinary woman – much of which was thrown off-course when the Covid-19 pandemic hit Singapore last year. Yet for June, these tough times over the last two years have had its fair share of positives too.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

While normal life was put on hold during the Circuit Breaker in 2020, June found that the biggest silver lining was being able to be with her family. “I am the type to see the bright side of things,” she says. “Both my kids were stuck at home! My son couldn’t go back to boarding school in England because schools were shut. Never have we had everyone at home together for this long and it was nice.”

To occupy themselves, the family started picking up new leisure activities together, such as yoga classes via Zoom, chess, carrom and darts.

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