Transparency International Sri Lanka on Tuesday (Jan. 11) held the award ceremony of the Integrity Icon 2021 program at the BMICH in Colombo, to recognise and honour the public sector Covid heroes of Sri Lanka.
The event began with a moment of silence being observed in remembrance of the victims of Covid 19 in Sri Lanka as well as the numerous frontline workers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty as the country battled to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Integrity Icon, a program conceptualised by Accountability lab which is a global organisation that seeks to support change makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities, was held for the 4th consecutive time this year.
Integrity Icon Sri Lanka 2021 marked a shift from the previous years. Acknowledging the vastly different circumstances we now live in due to the global pandemic, Integrity Icon 2021 was dedicated to celebrating COVID 19 frontline workers. The program aimed to champion public sector officials who serve with integrity and honesty, who go above and beyond the call of duty and make sacrifices in order to manage the pandemic.
The process of selecting the Integrity Icons of 2021 commenced in June 2021 with the appointment of an independent panel of judges. Nominations were then accepted from public sector frontline workers Islandwide and following a meticulous vetting process which included online and in-person interviews, 10 finalists were selected from over 250 nominations received.
The following individuals were recognized as Integrity Icons for the year 2021,
- C.Nishari Anurudhdhika De Silva
Grama Niladhari officer – Dambhaduraya,Seeduwa
- Dr Hasitha Attanayake
Director – IDH Hospital
Ambulance Driver – Divisional Hospital Batapola
- Nimmi Jayasekara
Infection Control Nursing Officer – District General Hospital,Embilpitiya
- Shanmugaraja Shivasri
Divisional Secretary – Thellippalai