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Ignited ingenuity

Segment of participants
Segment of participants

The Academy for Administrative Professionals recently returned to Sri Lanka with a high sense of pride in concluding its fifteenth residential seminar exceeding the expectations with, an unprecedented number of local and overseas participants from Thailand, Philippines, Australia and Sri Lanka. These landmark celebrations included five nights six days in Thailand and Singapore. The Metro Resort Pratunam, Bangkok was the seminar and accommodation venue. Dinner Cruise, Pattaya beach, Safari, temple tours, shopping spree, City tours of Bangkok Old City and Singapore contented the participants.

Dr Sunethra Nugawela, delivering the welcome speech said that “I am inspired by reminiscing accomplishments. A vision of possessing an educational institution for secretaries and admin professionals now a reality. AAP is now is a revolutionized and monopolizing industry leader. This has transformed the lives of administrative professionals to be it their own. In its knowledge sharing path, core human values such as trust, integrity, and teamwork are mandatory. AAP’s constructive business formulas, flexible work culture, perfect learning atmosphere, networking and special attention to senior citizens, regionally and globally are significant value additions. The classic example of fostering friendship is the participation of three Past Presidents of the Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals (ASA) namely Sukanya of Thailand, Lilian of Philippine and Sunethra from Sri Lanka at this forum”. She also sadly missed and fondly remembered of Prof Carlo Fonseka who served the institution as an Academic Advisor until his demise.

The workshop commenced with Buddhist religious blessings and pirith chanted by Most Renowned Ven Phra Piyasobhon Rajnyaknakavi, followed by a speech on Essential Buddhism Paramis and a practical session of Breathing Meditation, which has been well received by the audience.

Sukanya Nimmanheminda Managing Director of Viva Voyage, Chief Guest’s Key Note has stolen many hearts of the attendees. She sighted personal experiences, execution in administration, management and finally being an entrepreneur. This process had never questioned but she looked back occasionally to review the conspiracies. The importance of a consciously healthy sense of self-confidence, leading a meaningful and compelling personal philosophy of life was augmented with the positive mind; exploring opportunities in difficulty, and facing challenges are of need, for career aspirants” she said. “In it to win it” panel discussion interacted all aged groups. Kumari Wickramasinghe was the moderator and, Puntip Suwannarojn (Thailand), Barbara Buranasil Pin (Thailand) and Chamalika Senaratne were the panellists.

Panitta Srisa-ard (Thailand) – spoke on “Fusing Power”, the importance of continuous learning, dedication and professional interaction which cleared her path to be a General Manager. Lilian Coloma (Philippines) a CEO, “Focus on the future” stressed the need of looking at the future through the past but to forgo unhealthy and unhappy situations encountered. Dr Sunethra Nugawela’s capacity building workshop was fun-filled learning moment combined with music ended the day’s workshop in a very successful note.

Felicitating Dr Sunethra Nugawela for guiding and sharing business insights attending 15 residential seminars was a memorable moment. Nirmala Wijesuriya grabbed the 10th attendance award whilst Priyanka Gunawadana and Rinzi Bangasajayah had also attended 13 and12 residential seminars respectively.

Ignite Ingenuity is another innovation of AAP with a galore of prizes and surprises. The majority of resource persons comprised of starting a career as a secretary or an administrative professional which was a unique concept. This methodology was adopted to ignite AAP members to in-genuine their skills for sustainability, expansion and exploration. “Ignite Ingenuity”, was powered by People’s Bank, SDB Bank, Western Infirmary, Mediquiptment Ltd, Commercial Bank and Peoples Leasing. The next event of AAP “Christmas Splendour” will be held in early December and information will follow in due course.

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