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Aruni Boteju from Santa Barbara Receives Recognition for her humanitarian work!

Feb 2, 2018
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Aruni Boteju studied in Buddhist Ladies College, Colombo and migrated to the United States 22 years ago. She has two beautiful kids, her daughter Ashley and her son Ashton. She has been a banker for over 15 years in many different banks and currently pursuing her career in Business Banking working as a Relationship Banker at the Bank of the West/BNP Paribas, which gives her an opportunity to work with other small businesses.

Aruni’s purpose in life is to help others in need. Her commitment to help the community shows as she is involved with various local groups such as Santa Barbara Domestic Violence Committee, Women’s Economics Ventures as a Board of Director in Santa Barbara and Ventura County, Spirit of Women Entrepreneurship Board, Bank of the West /BNP Paribas Asian Pacific Resource Group Co-Chair for Southern California, Santa Barbara High School Multi Media Arts and Design Gala Committee.

Friends of Kenya is a organization that Aruni was involved with to help women and children in Kenya to provide a education with American Standards. They also built hostels for the girls so they didn’t have to travel far to go to school.

In the year 2015 Aruni was Awarded for Circle of Excellence as she made it to the top 16 sales representative list in Southern California. In 2016 received the Award for the most volunteer hours for Los Angeles North Region within the banking sector.

In the past six years Aruni has volunteered her time at March of Dimes annual walkathon, Junior Achievement, Dream Foundation to care for the people at the last stages of their lives, Santa Barbara Art Museum with Dance Choreography, Latino Community Events helping the Consulate of Mexico and Santa Barbara Rotary Club events.

Aruni has always taken a major role in most of the Sri Lankan community events. She has a hidden talent for dance choreography, fashion shows and other similar productions. She also organized a show for two musical legends from Sri Lanka, T.M Jayaratna and Pradeepa Dharmadasa which gathered a very large crowd.

Aruni will continue to be involved in the humanitarian projects as she wants to set a good example to her children and also have them be proud of her.

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