The 42nd AGM of the Sri Lanka Canada Friendship Association of Edmonton was held on the

02nd of February 2020. The following members were elected to the committee.


President Nirmalee Namasivayam
Vice President Anil Fernando
Secretary Yohan De Silva
Treasurer Nayanthara Witharana
Director of Social and Recreational Activities Maya Silva
Director of Membership Gothamica Wickramasekara
Director of Publicity & Communications Sharmini Senaratne
Director of Cultural Activities Savitri Senaratne
Director of Projects and Fund Raising Amintha Coonghe
Past President Ramona Fernando

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A meet and greet dinner was held to welcome the renowned singer Mr Sunil Edirisinghe and his troupe on October 30th at the Association building to a capacity crowd of adults and children.

The sumptuous potluck dinner was organized primarily by Lakshaman and Chandra ably assisted by the EC and a few others. All attendees had a very enjoyable time specially since it afforded a rare opportunity to meet the esteemed singer and take photographs with him etc., a feat not possible on the day of the show as the singer and troupe were catching a flight immediately after. Some of the highlights are depicted in the photos that follow.


“Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don't change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.”

John C. Maxwell


Consistent with previous years, a number of events were planned by the SLCFA over the summer months. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we were faced with the reality of having to move forward with these activities on a much smaller scale.




For the first time in the history of our association, to commemorate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year (the migration of the Meena Rashiya to Mesha Rashiya, which also marks the end of harvest and spring in Sri Lanka), we joined hands with the Sri Lanka Humanitarian Foundation of Canada (SLHFC) to hold Bak Maha Ulela 2015. The all-day event was held at the Sejong Multi Cultural Centre on May the 17th amidst a gathering of close to 300 adults and kids.




The function commenced with the lighting of the oil lamp by the presidents of the two associations and distinguished guests, and singing of the 2 National Anthems and brief addresses by the presidents of the 2 associations.


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