District Governor Lion K.V.D. Wilson Wijegunaratne

Lion Kahawe Vidanelage Don Wilson Wijegunaratne was born in Bopitiya, Matugama as the eldest Child in the family. He had his primary education at Bopitiya Maha Vidyalaya and secondary education at Nauttuduwa Maha Vidyalaya and Mihindu Central College, Agalawatte where he served as the head prefect of the school.


Commencing his professional career he joined the National Housing Department in 1971 and six years later was appointed as the head of the Housing Scheme Branch.

1981 was a land mark year in his professional career when he joined the country’s premier Insurance Company, Ceylinco Insurance PLC; Kalutara Branch. Rising up to the positions of Branch Manager and Area Sales Manager he displayed his skills, leading the branch to greater heights.

In recognition of his outstanding performance, he was elevated to the post of Regional Manager and gradually climbed up to the positions of Asst. General Manager, Senior Asst. General Manager and also to the post of Deputy General Manager in charge of all branches, where he served until his retirement.

He has had extensive overseas Training on Management at the following institutes which has given him the expertise and the confidence to perform effectively.

• Management training at the National Insurance Academy in Pune, India
• Management training at the National Insurance Academy in Malaysia
• Reinsurance training at the Munich Reinsurance in Germany
• Reinsurance training at the Surich Reinsurance in Switzerland


He has served as the

• Hony. Secretary of the Sri Lanka – Republic of Korea Association
• Hony Secretary of the Sri Lanka – Australia – New Zealand Society
• Vice President of the Sri Lanka – German Friendship Society
• Asst. Secretary of the Sri Lanka – Thailand Society
• Member of the Sri Lanka – Japan Friendship Association
• Member of the Sri Lanka – India Society
• Advisor of Friends of China Association

As an Executive Member of Sri Lanka – China Social and Cultural Cooporation, he was invited to China as part of a delegation lead by former Governor of Western Province, Alavi Maulana, in the year 2010. It was his great love for sports that made him Vice President of the Kalutara District Cricket Association and the Hony. Secretary of the Kalutara District Athletic Association.

He had the distinct honour of carrying the Vishnu statue to the tusker at the Esala Maha Perhere in the Bellanwila Temple for the past five years. He was responsible for the construction of two chetiyas in Suseemaramaya, Katukrunda and Seelawansaramaya in Bopitiya.


Joining the Lions Club of Kalutara Central in 1994, he step by step climbed the Lionistic ladder.

• A dedicated member
• A committed Club Director
• An effective Club President

In the year 2011/2012 District Governor Kapila Manamperi appointed him as the District Coordinator, Camilla School. He was responsible for the refurbishment of the auditorium as well as the gymnasium and providing other facilities at a cost of over Rs.2 million. He was awarded the Lotus Gold award in recognition of his outstanding services.

2012/2013 was one of the most significant years in his Lionistic career being appointed as the District Cabinet Secretary by the District Governor Dr. Upali Jayawardena.

He has served as the District Chairperson in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. Lion Wije has participated at International Conventions in Chicago USA 2007, Hamburg Germany 2013 and Fukuoka Japan 2016.

He is also the proud receipient of two certificates of Appreciation awards from International President Dr. Wing Kun Tam in 2011/2012 and International President Wainne A Madden in 2012/2013

He is backed by a loving family. His partner is an active lady in Lionism who continues to contribute her own share to the organization.

A former Senior Executive in the Bank of Ceylon, she was attached to International Division, when she went on voluntary retirement. She has successfuly completed many Diploma courses in Management and Information Technology.

She has also excelled in sewing and handwork and many awards have been received for her creative designs.

They are blessed with three sons and a little grandson. Eldest, Layan is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Superior,USA who runs his own IT Company in Colombo.

Second son Thilan is a Management graduate and works as an Account Manager at Brandix Textile Ltd; and married to Udeshika who works as an Asst. Manager at Redwing Logistic Company. They are blessed with a baby son.

Sahan the Youngest, has completed his IT degree and works as an Associate Software Engineer at CAM Management Solutions.

District Governor's Logo The Three Men In The Center

It denotes the District Governor’s Three Point Programme – Sustainable Excellence in Administration, Sustainable Excellence in Social Service and Sustainable Excellence in Brand Image.

Colours On The Logo

The colours of the three persons symbolizes the following:

Maroon : Represents Truth, Strength, Courage, Creative Energy, Desire, Power, Speed, Love and Passion

Yellow : Represents Joy, Happiness, Idealistic, Artistic, Spiritual optimism, Intellect, Love of Learning and Energy

Blue : Represents the Sky and the Sea. It is often associated with Depth and Stability and signifies Trust, Loyalty, Wisdom, Confidence and Intelligence. It slows human metabolism and produces a Calming effect

The Purple Rays of the sun in the middle, significantly denotes the dawn of a new century and a new era. Purple is one of the seven colours of the rays of the sun and is associated with Royalty, Wealth or Richness and Lush. It signifies Difference or Unconventional, which highlights the District Governor’s Theme: “Think Different for an Effective Change”

The Lions Emblem On The Top Of The Logo

The word LIONS on the emblem stands not only for fraternity, good fellowship, strength of character and purpose but it also denotes:


The two Lion profiles facing in two opposite directions signify the Past and the Future, showing both pride of heritage and confidence in the future.

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