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Staff Profile: Chanika Ehelepola, Receptionist

05 April 2020

Each week we will feature a member of staff across all areas of the school including teachers, admin staff, support staff and more, to get to know members of our school family a little better. Our profile this week is Chanika Ehelepola, our Receptionist. 

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My name is Chanika and I am originally from a city called Kandy - the hill country of Sri Lanka, located in between multiple mountain ranges consisting of valleys, plateaus covered with greenery, streams, waterfalls and history. I grew up embracing the simplicity of nature, and loved hiking and playing Netball.

My team at BIS Abu Dhabi has been very supportive, and I feel like I have been working here all my life. Although it has only been about 2 months since I joined BIS Abu Dhabi, I soon settled in and begun to really enjoy my work at the Main Reception.

My previous job was with Federal Express (FedEx) as a Territory Sales Manager, managing the Small, Medium Enterprise and Global Corporate Accounts for FedEx in the city of Abu Dhabi. I have lived in the UAE for 15 years, out of which 9 years of my career lies in Dubai with FedEx and TNT Express.

It was my son who is in FS1 at BIS Abu Dhabi this year, who made me take up a new challenge in a completely new industry. I am glad to have been a part of an organisation that plays a big role in today's world, taking up the responsibility in moulding each student's personality to turn our next generation into more responsible and successful leaders/people. 

I enjoy my time off spending quality time with family, baking for my family and friends and travelling. I have travelled to many parts of the world and hoping to continue to do so in the coming years.

Chanika Ehelepola