They say dads are a daughter’s first love. And a son’s first hero. This weekend, we send our highest regards to all fathers and celebrate the ever youthful Dr Simon Quek who shows us the best way to teach our children is to lead by example. Breathing the values of commitment and perseverance. Running after your dreams. And never letting go of your wife’s hand. Happy Father’s Day!
from showing to healing
Dr Quek was showing dogs at dog shows during his teenage years. After junior college, he made up his mind to be a veterinarian.
pillar of support
A career as a veterinarian takes up a lot of time and energy. It is hard work and heart work, which you can’t just leave at your desk at the end of a day. To remain in this vocation – and not sink into compassion fatigue – family support is very important.
“I have a fantastic wife who understands that the working hours of my job can be unpredictable. She doesn’t make a fuss if I get held up.”
work hard for your dreams
When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. Dr Quek believes in working hard for your dreams and also appreciates the beauty of failure.
“They need to learn how to fail because it is in failing that you learn to pick yourself up.”
What better way to foster a never-give-up spirit than practising a sport or musical instrument?
Besides treating animals, Dr Quek loves to capture birds – on camera.
“6 years ago, I saw a friend’s bird photographs and said ‘Wow! How can I be missing out on all these amazing birds.’ I bought a second hand 500mm lens, took my first bird photos and got hooked.”
Some of Dr Quek’s spectacular photos have been featured in calendars to raise funds for charity
you can do it
Whatever you put your mind to, at whatever age, you can do it. Although Dr Quek jokes that taking part in Ironman is due to mid life crisis, it shows the level of determination and fighting spirit in him.
“I’m currently taking part in half Ironman races. I participate to complete, not compete.”
“Just as in Ironman races, you need to pace yourself in life and career. Strike a balance between work, family and hobbies, otherwise you might just burn out.”