Back in 2007, three-year-old Lihansa Wimalaratne posed in Sri Lanka with a copy of The Journal. In December 2019 she was able to have her photo taken with CII CEO Sian Fisher as she became a CII member.
Ms Wimalaratne, daughter of goodwill ambassador for the CII in South Asia, Pubudu Wimalaratne, is now preparing to take her first CII exams in April 2020 and hopes to follow in her father's footsteps. A Fellow of the CII, Mr Wimalaratne was recognised by the CII for his outstanding contribution to the profession with the CII Initiative of the Year award last year.
Mr Wimalaratne said: "We are very proud of Lihansa and privileged that Sian took the time to present her with membership, 16 years after Lihansa first learned of the Institute.
"With the valuable guidance of the CII, I have developed the Co-operative Insurance Training Academy to facilitate CII education for underprivileged students in Sri Lanka. I would also like to mention the great support extended by Sainesh and Zainab of the CII."