Just like the culinary delights prepared by one’s favourite chef, life should be savoured, morsel by morsel. The stories are not meant to be read in one sitting–the reader should strive to read one story at a time, muse on each story and perhaps reflect on how the notion of unity is embedded in us. Yes, we are more alike than different!
–Stanley Gona Chee Khiong
Mr. Stanley Gona Chee Khiong is currently the Head of Corporate Communication at the Sarawak Skills Development Centre (Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance and Information Systems) from the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA.
His wealth of professional experience, spanning the broad spectrum of academia and industry (Banking and Oil & Gas) over the past thirty-three years, has enabled him to wear many hats, and facilitated his lifelong quest to contribute towards the betterment of society.
Stanley is also a Distinguished Toastmaster. Over the years, he has gained much from Toastmasters International’s unique style of education, especially in the area of communication and leadership skills development. He has competed in, and won various speech contests at the Club, Area and Division Level. He is a Past Division D Director of District 87, Toastmasters International. He has also served as a member of the Club Growth Team for District 87 which covers Toastmasters clubs in Brunei, East Malaysia and Indonesia. Currently (2021–2022 term), he is the Vice President Education of Connections Toastmasters Club.
Stanley also participates actively in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes, especially in the area of Public Speaking where he shares his thoughts on Presentation and Communication Skills. As an advocate of the conversational style of public speaking, he believes that given the opportunity, anyone can overcome the fear of public speaking and develop effective communication and presentation skills.
Stanley is also a proponent of the art and power of storytelling in shaping the vibrant canvas of humankind. For example, in 2019 and 2020, he contributed sixty-one (61) short stories as part of Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak’s quest to be listed in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR). In this respect, in August 2019, he was a Special Category Winner (Most Number of Story Submissions) of the Sarawak’s Pride Campaign (27 short stories in phase 1: from February to June 2019). In 2019, a selection of his short stories was displayed as part of the Sarawak’s Pride Maze in Kuching, Sarikei, Sibu and Miri. During phase 2 (August 2019 to May 2020), Stanley contributed more than thirty short stories. During the Malaysia Book of Records Award Ceremony on 10 September 2020, he received a prize (third place winner) for his short story, Unity in Challenging Times.
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