Rukshan Para began volunteering at the age of 9 when he carried bread and milk for seniors. Rukshan Para continues to eagerly give back to the community in various capacities. “Volunteering helps me strengthen the community, create bonds, and develop social responsibility. I understand the need for volunteer services in the community, especially the valuable work that not-for-profit organizations provide to the community.”

  • Interpret report cards for newcomer families
  • Represent families at the school in IPRC meetings
  • Promotes Children Mental Health well-being
  • Increase awareness on Literacy and Numeracy
  • Building self-confidence in youth
  • Facilitate on Youth Leadership and Public Speaking Program
  • Presenter on Elders and Community to Build peace organized by the United Nations ECOSOC Accredited member organization ACCP
  • Aaniin Community Centre & Library Opening Ceremony
  • Ribfest 2018
  • Canada Day Parade
  • Markham Santa Clause Parade
  • Markham Children Festival
  • Mayor’s Chinese New Year
  • Markham Music Festival
  • Markham Expo 150
  • Taste of Asia Markham
  • Children with Learning Challenges
  • Markham Earth Hour
  • Parents Symposium
  • Gala for Giving and other fundraising

The Ontario government awarded Rukshan Para with the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism. This award was to recognize Rukshan for outstanding contributions as a volunteer in the community and for being a changemaker. He was also a recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2019, and the recipient of Men of Honour in 2019.