Bryan Choong is a trained counsellor and the first Centre Manager and subsequent Executive Director of Oogachaga, a personal development agency that has provided LGBT-affirmative counselling and support for the community since its formation in 1999. He was one of the recipients of the inaugural Asia Pink Awards, held in Singapore on 16 March 2014.
Choong headed Oogachaga for 6 years, from 2009 to 2015. On 1 July 2015, he stepped down as Executive Director and his role was taken over by Leow Yangfa.
Choong and Leow first met as volunteers in another organisation, and at some point, they both heard about Oogachaga. Since 2004, Choong had been involved in every aspect of Oogachaga’s work: as support group member, facilitator, trainer, volunteer, then as Oogachaga’s first full-time Centre Manager, then Executive Director, and after handing over that role to Leow, continued to serve as a volunteer board member, counsellor, trainer, fundraiser and in-house graphic designer. Choong designed Oogachaga's Cirque du so Glam gala fundraiser programme booklet, raffle tickets and slides, apparently fiting all that into a 24-hours day. During the event held on 25 August 2017, Choong was given a special award for extraordinary service.
Those who know Choong will definitely recognise in him a slow-burning fire, a strong sense of social justice, a dogged desire to just get on with doing things, and a very low tolerance for bullshit and inaction. In his words: “dun waste time lah!”
In early 2016, Choong became a Program Associate at B-Change Foundation.
In 2017, he studied at the University of Edinburgh on a one-year programme leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with the support of the prestigious Chevening scholarship offered by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
This article was written by Roy Tan.