Meet our Lead Thrive-Synergist – James Lim
A social worker by profession, James has a passion for helping people and organizations grow and thrive for good. As such, you will find him meaningfully engaged in various training, consulting, coaching, and mentoring with individuals, social purpose entities, and governmental institutions.
Having experienced burnout and depression, and witnessing how they affect one’s work, health, and family life, he now dedicates his time to helping people and organizations understand burnout and begin to prevent and overcome it. His story and work in Emmaus have also been featured in publications (e.g. Thomson Reuters, Salt & Light, thir.st), panel discussions (e.g. with psychologist, counsellor and social worker, Peatix and Dads for Life) , podcasts, and digital magazines (e.g. Asian Entrepreneur).
With close to 20 years of working experience in social services, social entrepreneurship as well as people management and development, James worked with charities such as The Salvation Army, Care Corner Singapore, and SHINE Children and Youth Services. He led efforts to enhance non-profits’ capability and grow impact through strategic volunteer partnerships. Through the years, he was involved in various organizational development projects and worked closely with members of the management and operations team, to ensure the effective recruitment, selection, deployment, equipping, engagement, retention, and partnerships with the unsalaried workforce of these non-profits. To date, he has trained over 100 Volunteer Management practitioners on strategic volunteer partnerships through the Volunteer Management Circuit programme.
He is a Certified Volunteer Administration, conferred by the Council for Certification of Volunteer Administration.
He continues to speak extensively on these topics of mental resilience and of strategic volunteer management at conferences, and talks and has also been featured in media and publications.
In combining his passions for mental resilience and strategic volunteer management, he also founded Emmaus Strategies, an award-winning Social Enterprise, in 2017, and today, he continues to “fuel good” in what he does. He also continues to share his experience and knowledge with the public service and social services as an Associate Trainer. When not at work, James can be found growing and spending time as a father to two young boys.