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Families for Life

Families for Life

Families for Life Council’s vision is to build strong and resilient families because that makes for stronger communities and better individual well-being.

What We Do

Families for Life

The National Family Council was first formed on 1 May 2006 to champion and promote resilient families. On 7 February 2014, the National Family Council was renamed as "Families for Life" to reflect its evolving approach to connect with Singaporean families, and to better mirror the Council's community-driven identity. Families for Life is a people-sector Council, comprising of 15 volunteers from the people and private sectors. The Council is headed by Mr Ishak Ismail, Regional Director (Asia) of BAE Systems Hägglunds AB.

We Listen. We listen to the issues that Singaporean families are facing.
We Explore and Promote. We bring people and organisations together to create platforms for family bonding and to engage Singaporeans in conversations about families.
We Voice. We voice out concerns that people have on family issues and continue this conversation with our partners and the community.

For More Info

Families for Life Website

Families for Life Facebook

Families for Life Instagram

Council Members


Mr Ishak Ismail
Council Chairman, Families for Life
Regional Director (Asia) of BAE Systems Hägglunds AB


Mr Albert Lim
El-Shaddai Resources Pte Ltd

Dr Ann Tan
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Women Fertility & Fetal Centre

Dr Elly Sabrina Binte Ismail
Family Physician and Director of Banyan Clinic Pte Ltd
Director of Madison Academy of Music

Ms Joanna Portilla
The Collective Effort LLP

Dr John Wong
Associate Professor
Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, NUS & NUH
Director, NUS Mind Science Center

Ms K Thanaletchimi
President, Healthcare Services Employees’ Union
Chairperson, NTUC Women’s Committee
Vice President, NTUC Central Committee

Mr Kelvin Ang
Blogger & Founder

Mr Kua Soon Khe
Chief Executive
Singapore Buddhist Federation

Mr Lim Hock Yu
Chief Executive Director
People's Association

Dr Mathew Mathews
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Policy Studies
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Prof Paulin Straughan
Professor of Sociology (Practice), Singapore Management University
Dean of Students, Singapore Management University

Mrs Sher-li Torrey
Founder, Mums@Work (Singapore)
Director, Career Navigators Singapore

Ms Sim Siew Moon
Partner and Head of Tax
Ernst & Young Solutions LLP

Mr Tong Yee
Co-founder and Director
The Thought Collective

Who We Help

  • singles
  • couples
  • parents
  • families

Contact Info

Families for Life
20 Lengkok Bahru
Family @ Enabling Village
Singapore 159053