Tribute , the place where the best performing AIESECers of AIESEC in University of Sri Jayewardenepura are appreciated and recognized in front of a huge crowd of undergraduates, parents, and corporate partners, is definitely the most glamorous event in the entity calendar. Tribute ’23 was held on the 13th of May, at the Lotus hall, BMICH, from 3.00 pm onwards.
The event commenced with the arrival of the chief guest, Mr. Janaka Gunasekara, Deputy Managing Director of A.Baur & Co (Pvt) Ltd along with other invited guests, and was then followed by the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and the University anthem. All guests were welcomed by the Local Committee Vice President for Talent Management for the term 2022/2023, Ms. Lakna Abeywickrama, by sharing her experience as an AIESECer and elaborating on how AIESEC truly inspired her to be a value driven and inspiring leader.
The first recognition item on the agenda was for the parents of our fellow AIESECers, for their unveiling support and guidance. All parents present in the audience were called on stage and were appreciated by their children, by handing over a flowering plant as a token of reflecting their gratitude. It was truly an emotional and inspiring sight.
The presentation of awards was next in line, where the best performing members from both the front offices and back offices were recognized with awards and gifts for their outstanding contribution towards the success of AIESEC in USJ. More than 60 awards were awarded to these amazing young leaders who had given their maximum commitment towards the local committee of AIESEC in University of Sri Jayewardenepura and it truly was a testimony for their hard work and dedication.
The evening was further filled with musical performances by the Flair Club of University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a very inspirational speech by the chief guest, Mr. Janaka Gunasekara. Mr. Janaka was also appreciated with a token of appreciation for the continuous support extended to AIESEC in University of Sri Jayewardenepura, by A.Baur & Co (Pvt) Ltd, to shape future leaders of our country.
The Executive Board of AIESEC in USJ for the term 2022/2023 was also recognized for their outstanding performance, where their hard work resulted in AIESEC in USJ being identified as the most outstanding local committee for the past term.
Then, the final set of awards for the evening, The Most Impactful Event, The Most Outstanding Organizing Committee, Best Emerging Young Leader, and Best Young Leader were awarded. Revive was awarded the Most Impactful Event and Youcon 4.0 was awarded The Most Outstanding Organizing Committee. The title of the Best Emerging Young Leader was awarded to Ms. Dilni Gunarathne, and Ms. Thanushi Perera was awarded the title of the Best Young Leader.
The evening formally came to an end with the floor being opened for jives and was started off with the jive of the Executive Board of AIESEC in USJ for the term 2022/2023 which was then followed by the jive of the Organizing Committee of Tribute ’23.
Tribute ’23 was such an inspiring moment for so many of us, and I am sure it sparked the fuel of all AIESECers who witnessed this glamorous night, to do more for our entity while improving themselves as true value driven leaders.
by Savindu Wijetilleke
Jaywardenepura Showcasing Team