Laurence Vandenborre is the Founder and Managing Director of The Red Pencil and a Registered Arts Therapist, with a background in professional counselling and life coaching.
Laurence started practicing arts therapy at Raffles Hospital, in Singapore, for a few years before opening her own private practice “The Arts Therapy Studio”. For years, her interest has included working with adults and family dynamics, in a multicultural context, helping them to journey through their challenges towards a happier, more fulfilled and hopeful life.
Laurence has served as a Board Director of Very Special Arts Singapore, a charity whose mission is to bring the benefits of the arts for people with disabilities. She is currently a Board Member of The Art Therapy Association of Singapore (ATAS) and of the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA).
Laurence holds a Masters of Arts in Germanic Philology (Dutch and English) from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve (LLN, Belgium) and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy (LASALLE College of the Arts, accredited by the UK Open University). She has also received diplomas in Teaching Aggregation (University of LLN), Corporate Coaching (USA Corporate Coach U), Applied Skills Counselling (Singapore), and Expressive Therapies (Australian Institute of Expressive Therapies and US National Institute of Expressive Therapy).
Siew Ching has over 12 years of leadership experience across social service, healthcare and public sectors. She has vast experience in managing business operations, programme implementation and corporate governance. Her expertise includes strategic planning, partnership development, community outreach and volunteer management.
Prior to her current role, Siew Ching was the Executive Director for a non-profit organisation and an Assistant Director at the National Council of Social Service. She holds a Masters of Art in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore and a First Class Honours in Psychology (Gold Award) from SIM University.
Siew Ching is passionate about serving the community and making a difference for others. Besides volunteering at local charitable organisations, she travelled overseas to help the needy.
Joyce has been working in the communications and research field for more than 10 years. She has a master's degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore and an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's degree in Digital Communication Leadership from University of Salzburg and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her bachelor's degree is from the University of the Philippines.
Joyce is originally from the Philippines and has lived in Singapore, Austria and Belgium. Growing up in a developing country, she is passionate about becoming an agent of social change and hopes that her work at The Red Pencil will enable her to do that.
Rainy has always been passionate about content creation and sharing stories. During her Polytechnic days, she was involved in a documentary about mental health disorders. This planted the seed in her motivation for mental health advocacy which led to her pursuing a degree in Psychology. Using her communication skills, Rainy wants to promote arts as a way of healing. She looks forward to working at The Red Pencil to facilitate impactful social change in the community.
After a tough day, Rainy can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes or watching “Modern Family", her comfort show.
Yoko has been passionate about art since young. Her love for art therapy was seeded from her volunteer work for Children's Cancer Foundation since she moved to Singapore in 2013 and had a career shift from architecture to art. Currently, Yoko is serving a few local charity and educational institutions in the capacities as an artist, art educator, or art therapist. Her clinical practice focuses on the population with special needs, chronic illness, physical challenges, women, and children.
Yoko holds a Master of Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and accredited by Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She also holds a Master of Architecture from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Diploma in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Yoko is an award-recipient of The most promising artist of the year, emerging artist, Singapore, from the Painting of the Year Competition 2016 by United Overseas Bank (UOB). She also won an Honorable Mention of the juried art exhibition from the 36th International Association for the Study of Dreams in the Netherlands.
With an interest in helping people, Bervyn started his work experience in social service at an internship that gave him exposure to the lives of underprivileged families in Singapore. He later joined a local university where he worked to develop rapport with university staff and help foster a philanthropic culture of giving to those in need.
Bervyn graduated from University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and works at The Red Pencil to transform their operations with the aid of technology. During his free time, he can be occasionally found exploring a local park or nature reserve.
For Pei Ling, art has been a major source of enjoyment and healing since childhood. Initially into animation, Pei Ling’s interests soon morphed into a love for surrealism and visual social commentary. As she grappled to reconcile her interests in pursuing social work and the arts, she witnessed how music supported domestic violence survivors during her stint at the Ministry of Social and Family Development. This memorable encounter struck a chord in her heart, emphasising to her the respite and solace that art can provide to individuals and communities in need.
Outside of work, the psychology graduate from Temasek Polytechnic can be found doing grocery shopping for the latest recipes she discovered. She also enjoys analysing films and runs an art account in her free time.