V-AWARDS

Shining a light on those who serve in silence

THE JOURNEY

In 2011, the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV), the Ministry of Social Services, the National Steering Committee on Volunteering, and News 1st launched the National Volunteer Awards (V-Awards); a journey to recognize and appreciate those who serve in silence in their communities. It was a sincere effort to say ‘thank you’ to individuals who had selflessly contribute to the Sri Lankan society and continue to inspire others to follow their footsteps.

2011

To Honour, To Salute

The first edition of the V-Awards was held in 2011. The V-Awards Secretariat received over 450 applications from Sri Lankan citizens who nominated individuals for whom they believed to have significantly contributed to positive changes in their communities. Out of the fifteen finalists, six were honoured for their exemplary service to the people of Sri Lanka.

2013

Volunteering for Water

The second edition of the V-Awards in 2013 continued in the same vein, honoring and saluting individuals who made extraordinary contributions to society, and identifying role models that can inspire a nation to volunteer for social causes.

2015

Recognize. Honour. Inspire.

Continuing this tradition of bringing to light inspiring acts of volunteerism, V-Awards 2015 looked to recognize, honor and inspire, individuals who have selflessly served the people of Sri Lanka.

2018

Volunteering for Peace Building

Will continue to Recognize, Honour and Inspire selfless acts of volunteerism with special recognition for volunteering for peacebuilding.

V-Awards Heroes

Sinniah Devanandan

SINNIAH DEVANANDAN

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2011


Dr. Sinnaiah Devanandan works tirelessly to ensure the same rights, freedom and opportunities for children with autism that other children enjoy

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ANANDA GURUGE

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2013


Winner of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award, established the first organization for people with hearing impairments in the Southern Province. He has now moved on to setting up the Sri Lanka Deaf Sports Federation with the intention of empowering the deaf youth using sports.

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KASUN JAYATHUNGA

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2015


Kasun, who was born with a hearing impairment, suffered immense hardship in his childhood. Despite all of this, he can fluently communicate in sign language and can understand what others say through the lens movement.

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SELVIKA SAHADEVAN

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2018


Having grown up with an alcoholic father, alcohol addiction was an issue that resonated personally with Selvika. Selvika started.

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STORIES TO INSPIRE

THE NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE ON VOLUNTEERING