Annual District Commissioner’s Conference – 2020 of Sri Lanka Scout Association was successfully held under the theme of “Teamwork Towards Quality” Yesterday on 11th July at the General Sir John Kothalawala Defense University Premises, Rathmalana under the patronage of Chief Commissioner Major General Milinda Peiris. The DC conference, which is usually held in the first quarter of the year, was delayed due to the COVID 19 epidemic. The conference was taken place under the guidance of the health sectors & related authorities in an environment where the COVID 19 epidemic fears had subsided and the country was recovering. The District Commissioners Conference got off to a start this morning(11 July 2020) at 8.30 a.m. at the Kotelawala Defence University Auditorium in Ratmalana.
The Conference began with a traditional manner and everyone renewed the Scout Promise. Later those who Served in the Name of Scouting and “Gone Home” from the period of 2019 DC Conference were remembered with a gratitude.
Chief Commissioner & Vice Chancellor of Kotelawala Defense University Major General Milinda Peiris delivered the Welcome Speech and Deputy Chief Commissioner & Member of World Scout Committee , Attorney at Law Janaprith Fernando presented the DC Conference 2020 scheduled program and briefed everyone on the conference Them.
Lighting of the traditional Oil lamp marked the commencement with the singing of the National Anthem followed by Religious Observances. Mr. Lalith Weratunga , SLAS, Principal Adviser to the H.E the President Gotabaya Rajapaksha , graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and delivered the keynote address.
The Scout Promise was renewed by all present led by Deputy Chief Commissioner Mr. Janaprith Fernando.
Those called to higher service during the last year were remembered.
.Chief Commissioner Major Gen. Milinda Peiris delivered the Welcome Address.
Deputy Chief Commissioner presented the Introduction of the Conference Programme and theme.
Mr. Ahmed Alhandawi Secretary General of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement and
Mr. J. R. Pangilinan- Regional Director of the Asia Pacific Region delivered their addresses via Zoom which were very fruitful presentations.
The Chief Guest Mr. Lalith Weratunga – Advisor to HE President of Sri Lanka delivered the keynote address which was productive giving useful advice to the Commissioners.
Mr. Ahmed Alhandawi – Secretary General of World Organization of the Scout Movement and Mr. J.R. Pangilinan – Regional Director of the Asia Pacific Region were joined the Conference via Zoom Technology and delivered their Greetings and addresses.
This was the first DC Conference of this decade and the First DC Conference presided over by Major General Milinda Pieris as the Chief Commissioner and it is indeed commendable that as the Vice Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, He provided his University Premises and all the facilities to hold our DC Conference 2020.
The conference was organized with a new outlook and an impressive manner and provided an opportunity for everyone to enhance their knowledge by participating in various subject related Sessions and for the first time in a DC Conference District Commissioners and NHQ Commissioners had a chance to experience a Campfire evening and enjoyed the occasion
The Conference was attended by almost all the District Commissioners and all the NHQ Commissioner including National Training Commissioner Mr. Nanda Fernando, National Program Commissioner Mr. Sarath Mataraarachci, International Commissioner Dr. Rajeeva Peiris.
The Conference is being attended by almost all District Commissioners and all Commissioners of National Headquarters.
The Conference will end in the evening after a number of useful presentations and discussions.