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Volunteer Recognition Day 2019

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good. To know that you have made something better”, Platinum awardee Abhishek Perera expressing his thoughts on volunteering at John Keells Foundation.

John Keells Foundation held its annual Volunteer Recognition Day (VRD) on 27th June 2019, to recognize staff who went beyond their day-to-day work and make a hands-on contribution to community and environment development, participating in the CSR projects and initiatives of John Keells Group in the financial year 2018/19. Most projects carried out by the Foundation functions with the support of staff volunteers. The Group’s volunteer network enables employees to go beyond their day-to-day work and make a hands-on contribution to the community and environment development while the volunteer leave policy facilitates the release of staff for CSR activities with minimum restraint.

Chairman, Krishan Balendra in his address, thanked all the volunteers for their contribution towards maintaining JKH as a responsible corporate citizen and encouraged more staff members to volunteer, pointing out the drop in volunteer numbers in 2018/19.

Staff volunteers vary from project champions, trainers and trained assistants to those who engage in skill-based volunteerism and administrative support. 2018/19 saw 786 staff volunteers engaged in 1,287 instances accounting for 4,652 hours. Every year volunteers are recognized for their commitment and contribution with ‘Platinum’, ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’, ‘Bronze’ or `Merit’ ratings based on the Foundation’s Volunteer Rating Mechanism with volunteers under the top 3 categories being felicitated at the event. For the first time in the history of VRD three exceptional volunteers were awarded Platinum trophies in recognition of their passion and commitment towards the Group’s CSR activities.

The 3 Platinum Award Winners were:

Ivan Perera - Security Manager at Habarana Lodge by Cinnamon: Ivan is an HIV Master Trainer who volunteered 36 hours of his time towards conducting 13 awareness sessions on HIV & AIDS at Army Training schools. He's also assumed responsibility for not only conducting the awareness sessions but overall coordination of the sessions.

Abhishek Perera - Process Associate at InfoMate: A passionate volunteer who engaged in over 15 instances covering a range of projects such as Vision, Project WAVE, No Kunu, Kala Pola, Soft Skills, Plastic Cycle, and location-based CSR and Neighbourhood Schools by putting in a total of 89.5 hours of volunteerism.

Damith Perera - Team Lead in Foreign Operations at InfoMate: A hard-working individual who volunteered 99 hours towards CSR related projects. He has also volunteered in initiatives under Vision, Kala Pola, No Kunu, Neighbourhood Schools and Project WAVE; recording a total of 29 volunteer instances

The Foundation also took the opportunity to pay tribute at this gathering to Ms Dilani Alagratnam who has been the President for CSR since August 2014 and is due to retire at the end of the year and also present her with a token of appreciation.

Volunteer Awards 2017

John Keells Foundation held its annual Volunteer Recognition Day at Cinnamon Lakeside on 12th June 2017. The event was graced by Mr. Krishan Balendra and Senior Management who awarded our high performing volunteers of 2016/17. A revised rating scheme was created whereby volunteers were ranked Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit based on the Volunteer’s role, number of instances and volunteer hours recorded, and the nature of engagement. Volunteers under the top 3 categories were felicitated at the event. A total of 1,008 volunteers in 1,954 instances and 7,649 hours were recorded in 2016/17 comprising of 2 platinum certificates, 31 Gold certificates, 69 Silver certificates, 266 bronze certificates and 589 recognized as merit winners.

Volunteer Awards 2016

John Keells Foundation held its annual Volunteer Recognition Day at Cinnamon Lakeside on the 13th of June 2016. The event was graced by Mr. Susantha Ratnayake, JKH Chairman and Senior Management who awarded our most passionate and dedicated volunteers. Certificates were ranked Gold, Silver and Bronze based on the Volunteer’s role, number of instances, volunteer hours recorded, and the quality of the volunteer’s contribution. 65 Gold certificates, 135 Silver certificates and 445 bronze certificates were given to our volunteers. Special trophies were awarded to two exceptional volunteers, while a few volunteers received special certificates for their commitment that exceeded expectation. In the year 2015/2016, we recorded more than 624 volunteers in 1611 instances.

Volunteer Awards 2015

The Annual Volunteer Recognition Day for the year 2014/15 was held on the 15th June 2015 under the patronage of JKH Chairman Mr. Susantha Ratnayake, recognizing the invaluable contribution of our volunteers in enabling the success of our projects. For the 2014/2015 financial year, 586 volunteers enlisted into various projects recording over 1212 volunteer engagements via the Foundation alone.

Each and every one of our volunteers received a certificate for their commitment towards the Foundations’ projects. A distinction was made between volunteer contributions as Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates were given out accordingly. A selected few received a special certificate of recognition for their time, dedication and commitment towards volunteerism that went beyond expectation. Hasanka Wijesinghe received a V SPARC award for her contribution towards the Vocational Training Programme at Cinnamon Grand while Forum Theatre Volunteers, Sachini Abewickrama, Pramukshi Kariyawasam, Savindi Lucas, Shehara Alahakoon, Ashraaq Wahab, Chenura Obeysekera, Rukshan De Soyza and Deanna Jayasundera received a Team V SPARC award for consistently providing their time, ideas and acting skills during WAVE sessions. A special award was also given to Ivan Perera for his significant impact towards HIV awareness resulting in the achievement during 2014/15 of the cumulative milestone of 30,000 persons.