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July 2010

To whom it may concern

By way of formal introduction, my name is Melissa Gunadesa, and I am Director of Colourful Hearts. Colourful Hearts is an early learning centre, providing quality enrichment programs for the young, including children with special needs. Our teachers boast of more than 12 years experience garnered in top international enrichment centres with an educational background spanning speech and drama, special needs and pre-schooling.

I first met Nisar in 2002, at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Mass Communication programme. He lectured in Web Design Applications, and was Editor-in-Chief of fineArt forum (fAf) and the Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Nisar supervised my group’s final-year project to organise an annual fund-raiser for Club Rainbow - a registered charity committed to helping children and youths suffering from a range of chronic and potentially life-threatening illnesses.

When we began, the four of us, were naïve and ambitiously planned a mega-event. On hindsight, there was not a single moment, where Nisar actually discouraged us from pursuing our plans. In fact, I recall, one day, early during our planning process, he sat us down, and without us knowing it, made us mind-map our plans. It was through this process and with this map that we chartered our next steps. It remained ambitious, though achievable, and resulted in an A-grade, with outstanding accolades from both Club Rainbow and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.





When we began, the four of us, were naïve .... On hindsight, there was not a single moment, where Nisar actually discouraged us from pursuing our plans.


During the year-long project, we sought sponsors, organized the activities and worked closely with the Club. When we worked beyond hours, and sought Nisar’s guidance during the moments where we faced a hurdle, he was there to support, guide and help us. He subtly shared his world-experience without imposing how we handled our challenges.

Beyond formal supervision, he also guest lectured for my ‘Mass Media in the Asia Pacific’ class, on Singapore film, where I saw his academic side and how he engaged all 150 of us in a lecture. It was only after graduation, that I truly realized his breadth of work experience as a journalist, educator and trainer.


Over the years, I sought Nisar’s advice when it came to academic and job-related decisions. He was very encouraging when I was contemplating further study in Special Needs Early Childhood education, which was quite a leap from my Communications background. He nudged and reassured me that there was a need for more professionals in this under-resourced industry. Today, I have graduated and established my own learning centre.

In and out of the classroom, Nisar was a source of inspiration – and during my moments of hesitation, positively convinced me to pursue my aspirations.




In and out of the classroom, Nisar was a source of inspiration – and during my moments of hesitation, positively convinced me to pursue my aspirations.


I wish him every success and have no reservations in supporting his application. Please do feel free to contact me, should you have further queries.

Yours sincerely,

Melissa Guna Desa
BEd (Special Needs), Diploma in Mass Communications’
Director, Colourful Hearts

Contact details available upon request

     

 

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