Mr. Janaprith Fernando assumes duties as Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Scout Association.
Attorney at Law Mr. Janaprith Fernando, officially assumed duties as the newly appointed Deputy Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association, yesterday (26-11-2016) at a special assumption ceremony held at the National Scout Headquarters Premises. Religious dignitaries of Christian were present at the occasion and offered blessings to the newly appointed DCC Mr. Fernando.
Before this prime appointment Mr. Fernando served as an International Commissioner of SL Scouts & who became the 1st warranted IC of Sri Lanka Scout Association.
Emeritus Prof. Nimal De Silva Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scouts, Minister of Plantation Industries Hon. Navin Dissanayake,/ State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Hon. Vasantha Senanayake,/ Member of Parliament Hon. Mayantha Dissanayake, President of SLSA Mr. Srinath Gunarathane / Chairman of the Committee of the Council Mr. Ransiri Perera / Outgoing Deputy CC Mr. Shiraz Salih / National Training Commissioner Mr. Sarath Godakanda Arachchi / National Programe Commissioner Mr. Rohan Wirasekara / Officials from Executive Committee SLSA/ Asst. Chief Commissioners / Special Commissioners / Headquarters Commissioners / District Commissioners / District Officials / Distinguished guests from several reputed platforms / Family Members Friends & Well Wishers / Staff Members of NHQ, were also present at this significant occasion.
Mr. Janaprith was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka in year 1967 & he was educated at St..Thomas Preparatory School, Colombo 03 and St.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia & then earned his Law Degree at the Sri Lanka Law College and Called to the Bar as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in June 1992 Practicing as an Attorney-at-Law, Notary Public, Company Secretary and Commissioner for Oaths from 1992 to date and has his own Chambers with several Junior lawyers and appears in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Courts, District Courts, Magistrates Courts, Labour Tribunals and Arbitrations Company Secretary to many Leading Business Enterprises in Sri Lanka. General Counsel and Legal Consultant to many Governmental, Non Governmental and Mercantile sector organizations.
49 years aged Mr. Janaprith, entered into World Scouting Fraternity In year 1979, from 39th Colombo St..Thomas Preparatory School, under the leadership of Mr. Maurice Weragoda, Claude Halpe & later on current District Commissioner of Colombo Branch Scout Association, Mr. Suren Wikkramatilleke, also became a Scout Master of Mr. Janaprith’s. As a young & an energetic Scout in many aspects he proved himself as an admirable asset to entire Scout Movement and in year 1983, got elected as the Chairman of the 1st Scout Youth Forum held in Sri Lanka in 1983 in Anuradhapura, then young blooded Mr. Janaprith get the maximum of use with the opportunity by performing consecutively to expose his leadership abilities and capableness to make himself an eligible person & leader for future Scouting World. We can guess that the 1st SYF can be one of the changing points of his scouting career and was the moment of discovered the future leader. In year 1984 he won the highest Scout Award of SL Scouts President’s Award and at the age of 22, in year 1989 as an Adult leader won the Wood Badge, the noble milestone of an Adult in Scouting. After that it is a wonderful journey par excellence.
Throughout his career, Mr. Janaprith has been recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership, long-term strategic planning, financial and negotiating skills. In year 2012, as Member he got elected to the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Committee (APRSC) of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement at the 24th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference held in Dhaka from November 24 to 29, under the patronage of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Chairmanship of the Vice President of Phillipines Jejomar C Binay. This is the first time a Sri Lankan is elected to this prestigious post in RSC/APR. Before that for the period of 2007-2012 he was serving as the Chairman of Management Sub Committee APR/WOSM. In the name of scouting he has functioned as a resource person and speaker at many seminars and workshops in several countries & NSO’s. Currently is the Chairman of the Global Support Core Group of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and recently he has been awarded the Certificate of Competence on being the first in Asia Pacific Region of WOSM to Qualify as an Internal Quality Auditor.
Nationally & Internationally Mr. Janaprith has received numerous awards in recognition for his leadership, dedication, including BSP’s BRONZE TAMARAW Award by the Vice President of Republic of Philippines H.E Jejomar Binay , for SERVICE TO THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD. He also received the GREEN JADE LION AWARD by His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China Taiwan.