Our Leadership Model

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development (SCM) encompasses the combination of leadership and service to enact positive, social change within a community.

Some key concepts include the understanding that all participants have the potential to be leaders (not just those with formal leadership positions) and that leadership is collaborative.

SCM is a three-pronged value approach with regards to the following areas – the individual, the group and the society.  These components are defined in the diagram on the right.

Source: Astin, Helen S. and Alexander W. Astin. A Social Change Model of Leadership Development Guidebook Version III. The National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs, 1996.

SCM

Meet Our Team

Our leadership team typically consists of around 15 – 20 students each year, working diligently on a daily basis to ensure the association operates as smooth as possible.

On an individual level, these students are provided with the opportunity to develop their self-awareness and voice their opinion amongst the wider community.

On a group level, they are provided with the means to enhance their teamwork, conflict management, communication and event management skills throughout the course of the year by participating in university-run workshops.  Moreover, they are able to further develop their leadership capabilities and gain invaluable hands-on experience.

On a societal level, these students are able to make a positive social impact through their work, which is directed towards advocating change in Australia and Sri Lanka.

Back Row (L-R): Mevan Fernando, Vibhuthi Wickramaratne, Charles James, Ravindu Jayasena
Middle Row (L-R): Devyansh Singh, Arijana Jumar, Piyumi Welgama, Divita Singh, Priyanka Ganeson-Hands, Anushan Jeyachandran, Danushan Jeyachandran, Maya Nair
Front Row (L-R): Supuni Sirisena Arachchi, Vihanga Akash Silva, Emily Carvalho

Team Roles

Overall Executives

Vihanga Akash Silva
President

Studying at: The University of Western Australia (UWA) – Masters in Professional Engineering (Electronics/Electrical)

Fun Fact: Usually covered in engine oil from working on cars

Emily Carvalho
Vice-President

Studying at: Curtin University – Bachelor of Commerce (Business Information Systems & Supply Chain Management and Logistics)

Fun Fact: Can usually be found climbing or swinging on things

Ravindu Jayasena
Secretary

Studying at: The University of Western Australia (UWA) – Masters of Applied Finance

Fun Fact: Can’t think of one, but trust me – I am fun

Devyansh Singh
Treasurer

Studying at: Curtin University – Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)

Fun Fact: I love food that you can eat and drink at the same time, for example, watermelon

University Executives

Anushan Jeyachandran
Curtin President

Studying at: Curtin University – Bachelor of Commerce

Fun Fact: Loves long walks to the fridge

Nerushini Ravindran
Murdoch President

Studying at: Curtin University – Bachelor of Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Fun Fact: Huge Harry Potter nerd

Damsi Weerawardena
UWA President

Studying at: The University of Western Australia (UWA) – Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Fun Fact: Overly competitive – will try to beat you in almost anything

Directors & Mentor(s)

Anushan Jeyachandran
Events

Studying at: Curtin University – Bachelor of Commerce

Fun Fact: Loves long walks to the fridge

Visith Daluwatta
International Representative

Studying at: Curtin University – Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering)

Fun Fact: Can do a one man show of Anna Kendrick’s cup song

Supuni Sirisena Arachchi
Marketing

Studied/Working at: FitCollege (Certificate 4 in Fitness) & Crown Towers

Fun Fact: Loves dancing and part-time actress

Danushan Jeyachandran
Mentor

Studying/Working at: Curtin University – Bachelor of Health Science & Autism WA

Fun Fact: Doesn’t know how to do the monkey bars…

Nadisha Senasinghe
Founder & Public Affairs

Studying at: Curtin University –Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology and Sociology

Fun Fact: Enjoys painting, yoga and dogs

ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS (OCMs)

Arijana Jumar
OCM

Studying at: The University of Western Australia (UWA) – Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law)

Fun Fact: A professional at spending money I don’t have, on things that I don’t need

Charles James
OCM

Studying at: Curtin University - Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) 

Fun Fact: Passionate about photography

Divita Singh
OCM

Studying at: Curtin University - Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Fun Fact: Can name any quote from HIMYM

Hiroshani Fernando
OCM

Studying at: ECU - Master of Professional Accounting

Fun Fact: I'm a huge doggy lover!

Maya Nair
OCM

Studying at: Curtin University - Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Law)

Fun Fact: My nickname is Mayo

Mevan Fernando
OCM

Studying at: University of Notre Dame - Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Fun Fact: Part of various sporting teams including rugby, cricket and football

Piyumi Welgama
OCM

Studying at: Curtin University - Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)

Fun Fact: Bubble tea lover

Priyanka Ganeson-Hands
OCM

Studying at: The University of Western Australia (UWA) - Master of Data Science

Fun Fact: Has a dog called Fudge 

Vibhuthi Wickramage
OCM

Studying at: UWA – Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)

Fun Fact: I have seen whales while scuba diving at Rottnest

Honourable Mentions

Our work over the years would not have been possible without the multitude of individuals who have assisted us.  These individuals have invested a countless number of hours during their period of service and we would like to acknowledge them for going above and beyond to ensure the survival of our association since conception.  For this we remain eternally grateful.

  • Gnaneeka Kodagoda (LYS Founder & President 09 – 14)
  • Naveeshan Xavier (Co-President 15 – 16; Resident DJ 15 – 18)
  • Venuri Lisboa-Pinto (Co-President 15 – 16; OCM 17 – 18)
  • Mokshya Balage (Social Media)
  • Himesha Seneviratne
  • Hirushi Pathirana (Co-President 18)
  • Aarahnan Raguragavan 
  • Nevin Jayawardena
  • Sharankan Namasivayam
  • Ridma Ratnakele
  • Kalpanie Fernando

Want To Join Our Team?

Leadership Team Perks

✨ Invaluable Leadership Skills

✨ Event Management Skills

✨ Strengthened Interpersonal Skills (such as Communication, Time Management & more)

✨ Increased Networking Opportunities

✨ Professional Development Opportunities

✨ Recognition at your University (such as Curtin’s Extra Certificate)

✨ Making New Friends from a Similar Background

Our Ideal Candidates

✨ Creative, diligent, conscientious people

✨ Genuine interest in helping our club achieve its goals

✨ People willing to learn new things

✨ People with a passion for Sri Lankan culture and/or supporting charitable work (you don’t necessarily have to be in University)

Our leadership team intake for the year happens between February to March via Google Forms.  Make sure to follow us on social media to keep an eye out for application forms!

Applications OPEN: 9:00 AM, 4/02/19

Applications CLOSE: 11:59 PM, 1/03/19

 

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

The above quote succinctly conveys how the work undertaken by our youth leaders has a triple benefit, in line with the SCM.