Heroes of the MJF Foundation

Dilmah’s Ethical Tea Society directly addresses Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando’s vision of making business a matter of human service. The society harnesses the enormous goodwill and creativity of the Global Dilmah family of partners and their networks of consumers and well-wishers to benefit the underprivileged and the environment.
Heroes of the MJF Foundation commends these countless heroes who have dedicated their time to brightening and enriching the lives of those in need of our support.

Selvana Chelvanaigum, Head Pastry Chef and Patisserie Teacher
Selvana Chelvanaigum Head Pastry Chef and Patisserie TeacherWilliam Angliss Institute, AustraliaBorn and raised in beautiful Mauritius, Selvana Chelvanaigum, took her first step into the world of Culinary Arts studying at the Hotel School of Mauritius. She continued her further studies at both the Bellouet Conseil in France and at the William Angliss Institute where she completed her Diploma in Hospitality in Management and Patisserie.Read More
Sean Collins, Executive Chef at Novotel Brisbane
Sean Collins Executive Chef Novotel Brisbane, Accor AustraliaArmed with a trade qualification in the field of Professional Cookery and a SIT50307 Diploma of Hospitality from Académie Accor, Sean Collins is the Executive Chef at Novotel Brisbane. As Executive Chef, Sean carries out a host of duties including but not limited to daily monitoring of the Hotel’s five food production and service outlets, guides staff, develops and markets menus, and conducts brand consultancy, inter-hotel operational audits and food and beverage service operations. Read More
Volker Marecek, Executive Chef, Langham Hotel, Auckland
Volker Marecek Executive Chef Langham Hotel, AucklandVolker Marecek has more than 14 years experience as an Executive Chef, a position at which he has excelled. Volker was first appointed Executive Chef for the 5 Star Berkeley Court Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, which was a leading hotel of the world, among countless other achievements during his time here, he achieved 3 RAC rosettes for the Berkeley Room. Four and a half years later, he was made Executive Chef for the opening of the 5 Star Swissôtel Tallinn, Estonia; the first international 5 Star hotel in Estonia. Read More
Chefs Jaimie Stodler and Josephin Geimecke
Chefs Jaimie Stodler and Josephin Geimecke ChefsCup & Cake Queenstown, New ZealandAward Winning New Zealand Chefs Jaimie Stodler and Josephin Geimecke, of Cup & Cake Queenstown, volunteered at the MJF Charity Foundation from 3rd – 6th February 2017. Their time, knowledge and kindness benefited hundreds of impoverished kids and young adults at the MJF Charitable Foundation; it’s been an amazing journey for the MJF kids, cerebral palsy kids and kids with other developmental disorders, and empowered women in the Women’s Development Programme.Read More

Thank you for joining us in expressing our true purpose as businesses and as individuals, in empowering many whose lives you have touched through our co-operation
in making business a matter of human service.

You are a hero of the MJF Charitable Foundation and its Ethical Tea Society.

Signature of Merrill J. Fernando

Merrill J. Fernando
Founder of Dilmah Tea
Settlor of the MJF Charitable Foundation