First bottle drive raises TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY AND NINETY FIVE CENTS

The first fund raising event organized by SLAS was a success and could raise $217.95.

SLAS board of directors would like to thank all Saskatoon Sri Lankans who donated their recyclables to this event.

Special thanks to Thenura and Isuru for giving their “special collection” to this bottle drive event.

We also would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for Amila Prasad, Neelika Irugalbandara, and Prabhath Lokuruge for their help during collection, sorting and reimbursing at SARCAN.

SLAS will conduct another bottle drive in three months, please hold your collection for next collection.

Janitha receives the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Award

Saskatoon Sinhala Language School is pleased to announce that the Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Languages (SOHL) has selected Janitha Wanasundara as the recipient of the “2014 Long Term Volunteer Recognition Award”.

This award honours the outstanding voluntary contributions of a heritage language teacher in the province of Saskatchewan.  Janitha has been a dedicated voluntary teacher at the Saskatoon Sinhala Language School since its beginning and has made a significant contribution for the improvement of Sinhala Language skills of our students.

Janitha’s award was presented at the SOHL’S Annual Provincial Conference, which was held in Regina on 4th October, 2014.

Congratulations Janitha for this well-deserved recognition!

Third Annual NPL – 2014

The third NPL (Neighborhood Premier League- annual six-a-side tape-balled cricket tournament), organized by SCC (Sasklankan Cricket Club), will be held on Saturday, 12the of July 2014 at University High-rises Playground (McEown park). All Sri Lankans are invited. Anyone who is interesting to play this event, please contact – Amila (306.715.4974), Suneru (306.713.1860), or Maibe (306.477.0981).

Lunch will be provided!

We hope to see everyone at the ground on Saturday and it promises to be a fun filled day of cricket!

The first AGM of SLAS

The first AGM of Sri Lanka Association of Saskatoon Inc. (SLAS) was held on April 27th, 2014 at the ART241 hall, University of Saskatchewan. Briefly, following items were accomplished;

  • Formation of official Association for Sri Lankan in Saskatoon (i.e., SLAS);
  • Electing of new officers for the board (Maibe, Thushan, Janith, Ushan, Kosala, Nalinda, Udaya, Wimala, Gemunu);
  • Passing the Constitution
  • Electing an Auditor (Mahendra)
  • Advisory Committee Members (Andrew, Priyanshantha, Jazeem).

Then the Officers of the Board were met on April 30, 2014 at Udaya’s place (531, Kucey Crescent) to discuss the future activities and assign the roles of each officer. Following directors were elected by the officers,

President – Maibe Karunasena

Vice-president – Nalinda Dissanayake

Secretary – Thushan S. Withana-Gamage

Treasurer – Udaya Wanasundara

Director of Cultural, Social, & Recreational Activites – Ushan Alahakoon

Director of Membership – Gemunu Widyarantne

Director of Public Relations & Welfare – Wimala Makuldeniya/Janith Rajapaksha

The New Year Party 2014

You and your family are cordially invited to the Saskatoon Sri Lankan Community New Year Party on this Sunday. Program details are as follows.
Date: Sunday, May 25th, 2014, Time: Commencing at 10:00 a.m., Agenda in brief:  Registration (10:00 a.m.); Tea (10:30 a.m.); Sports (11:00 – 1:00 p.m.); Lunch (1:00 p.m.); Sports cont. (2:00-3:00 p.m.); Tea (3:00 p.m.); End (4:00 p.m.).

Venue:St. Luke Elementary School
275 Emmeline Road
Saskatoon, SK S7J 5B7
(306) 659-7370
Admission Fee: $8.00/Adult and $6.00/kid (age 5-12yrs). Admission is free for children under 5 years old
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Parents:  dress up your kids (below 15-year-old) for the Avurudu Kumara and Kumari competition.

Please bring your assigned food itemsand one bottle of any beverage of your choice.

As most of events are in outside (if the weather permits, however it is a sunny day as of today according to Environment Canada), you may dress up accordingly (sunscreen etc.), also please bring folding camping arm chairs. Hope to see you and your family on this Sunday.
There will be an option to register with Sri Lanka Association of Saskatoon

Dhamma Program: Sep 27-30

While appreciating you all for the very positive responses, following is the most updated program as of now. We will inform this schedule to Ven, Swamin Vahanse and let you see the final program if there be any modifications.

Date Time Venue Event
Sep 27 7.30 PM Airport Welcome to Saskatoon
Sep  28 6:00AM Prabath /Buwani Heela Danaya
  10:45 AM Nalinda/Kishari Evergreen Mahabir Cr Daval Danaya
  5:00-8:00 PM

 

Vietnamese Temple Meditation Buddha Vandana and Dhamma Deshana
Sep 29 6:00 AM Kamal/Ajantha Heel Danaya
  9:30 AM: 3:00 PM

(Tentative)

To be decided Children’s program (Daval Danaya is open preferably  for a potluck)
  Evening

5:00-8:00

Sajith/ Chathurika

226, Stepniy cr

Dhamma Deshana
Sep 30 6:00 AM Udaya/Janitha

531 Kucey Cr.

Heel Danaya
Sep 30 10:45 AM Udith/

306 384 5002

Daval Danaya
  2:00 PM   Departure

 

While respecting all your offers for a Danaya turn, we believe this program is fair for all. Let us make use of this opportunity to collect as much merits as possible.

Please kindly note that Ven. Swamin Vahanse never accept any cash donations for himself and is not interested in accepting  Pirikara. Those who willing to make any donations are most welcome, we will arrange you to make the donation directly to the Toronto Mahamevna Asapuwa Fund. For donations received along with name and address for tax return receipts, are issued yearly by the Committee.

Everyone is kindly invited and most welcome to attend any and all of the above events.

Please feel free to forward this message to anybody who might be interested in attending any of the above events.

Your suggestions to improve the above program especially, children’s program are most welcome.

Summer Party 2013

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Venue: Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park (1903, Forest Drive, S7S 1J2)
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Agenda: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Arrival
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Breakfast (pot luck)
(Tea, coffee, soft drinks and water will be available throughout the day)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch (will be provided)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Water melon and other fruits
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Milk (uku-kiri) tea and snack

Edmonton Sri Lankan Cricket Team Tour in Saskatoon: 2013

The Saskatoon Sri Lankan Cricket Club is organizing a cricket tournament with Edmonton Sri Lankan cricket team in August 4th at McOwen Park (University highrises) starting at 9.00 am. It is a full day event followed by a dinner get together at Albert Community Center. As the organizing committee we would like to invite you all to join with us to support the two Saskatoon cricket teams.

Where I’m From

 

By Thyaga Dahanayake (Published on Prezi)

 

I’m from the elegant dresses to the rebel apparels
I’m from quality family times to the amusing friendships
I’ m from the shimmering turquoise oceans to the shallow fresh lakes
I’m from the mysterious forests to the Exposed Cities
I’m from the spacious fields to the bright meadowsI’m from the crowded beaches to soul-searching woodlands
I’m from the elevated proud mountains to the wide green Plateaus
I’m from the pitiful and powerful lights of the sun to the grave darkness that promises clandestine
I’m from the anonymous and majestic creatures of the night to the great heroes of the dawns.
I’m from the isolated cold buildings to the comforting of the warmth of my house

I’m from the depressing times to the ecstatic times
I’m from the magical and enchanting tales to the Grimm’s dark fairy tales
I’m from the daring perilous games to simple puzzles
I’m from motivating and inspirational music to the blasting senseless rhythms
I’m from real friends to one faithful unique best friend
I’m from expressing myself to being who I am

I’m from the warming tea sips to the ice cold Slurpee’s
I’m from the tropical fruits to the exotic berries
I’m from the greasy fries to the fresh vegetables
I’m from the exhilarating adventures to the tiresome measures
I’m from humorous jokes to the series situations

 

 

Friendly cricket matches keep young men busy

By Bob Florence, The StarPhoenix

Last Wednesday was cricket night in Saskatoon.

Fourteen men, most in their 20s with many living in student residences at the University of Saskatchewan, met in McEown Park on Cumberland Avenue. They picked teams. They hit and pitched and caught and ran. Although competitive, they play for fun. The game is more about activity than achievement.

They laugh. They cheer.

Happy New Year 2013

Wish you a very happy new year with all happiness, prosperity, and health.

Auspicious times (nakath) for the New Year

Punya Kalaya: From 7.05 pm on Saturday, April 13 to 7.53 am on Sunday, April 14. Cease all work at 7.05 pm on Saturday April 13 and engage in religious activities.
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Cooking meals: Light the hearth at 4.06 am on Sunday, April 14 dressed in blue garments facing South and cook milk rice mixed with ghee and jaggery and a sweetmeat with sesame.
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Starting work and partaking of meals:
Partake meals after starting work and making transaction at 7.05 am on Sunday, April 14 dressed in red and yellow mixed (copper) garments facing South.

 

Indika-Sandali Baby Shower Invitation

It’s time to rejoice and celebrate! You are cordially invited to the baby shower for Sandali & her baby girl Sethmi and Indika & her baby girl Thenuki on Saturday the March 30th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Souris Hall, Saskatoon. Given with love by Lilani. Please bring your favourite snack to make the occasion extra special.

2013 MBVCA Meditation Retreat

Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association Inc will be hosting a meditation retreat with Venerable Uda Eriyagama Dhammajiva Maha Thero in 2013 in Winnipeg, MB.

St Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre
225, Masters Avenue
Teacher:Venerable UdaEriyagama Dhammajiva Maha Thero
Venerable UdaEriyagama Dhammajiva Maha Thero (also known as Sayadaw U. Dhammajiva) will be conducting this residential retreat in Winnipeg, Canada.Venerable Dhammajiva has practiced as a Meditation Master for over twelve years and is presently the Chief Preceptor of the Nissarana Vanaya Aranya in Sri Lanka. On a daily basis, he provides training on both tranquility (Samatha) and insight (Vipassana) meditation methods to about twenty monks, resident at the Nissarana Vanaya Aranya.
Venerable Dhammajiva also spent several years training under Ovadacariya Sayadaw U. Panditabhivamsa, a leading Burmese meditation master who follows the lineage of the great Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. Venerable Dhammajiva is fluent in Sinhalese, English and Burmese and has authored and translated many meditation books from Burmese to English and Sinhalese.
Style of Practice:Theravadha (Language – Sinhala)
This international yogi retreat will be conducted in the Theravadha tradition with a focus on the Satipattana Buddhist Meditation Practice. The practice emulates continuity of mindfulness through the noting of physical and mental objects, arising in each moment. This includes sitting meditation, walking meditation and the conduct of daily activities.
Instruction will include evening discourses, question and answer periods and individual interviews with yogis. During the retreat, yogis are expected to practice with a high degree of commitment. All yogis will be expected to observe the Eight Precepts and maintain strict Noble Silence.

Location:
St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre offers city convenience in a rural setting along the Red River and is located on 72 acres of wooded grounds. Just 20 minutes from downtown Winnipeg, the Centre offers walking paths and acres of land for walking meditation and contemplation.The surrounding forest and winding Red River offers a perfect atmosphere of tranquility to cultivate Vipassana Meditation.

Male and female dormitories are available with shared accommodation for up to 55 participants. Up to five Venerable monks will be accommodated in a separate monastery.Breakfast and lunch including rice, vegetarian curries and western food will be provided by the retreat centre. Only beverages will be provided after 12.00 noon.
Please contact your medical doctor before attending this retreat. All yogis are advised to have medical insurance prior to arrival in Canada.
Contact:
For more information contact Radhika Abeysekera (204) 254 7300 email; RAbeysekera@winnipeg.ca
or Rajitha Perera (204) 261 3683

Ven Upatissa Thero’s Visit to Saskatoon – Schedule

Here is the schedule regarding Ven Upatissa Thero’s visit to Saskatoon:
Ven Upatissa arrives in Saskatoon on Friday Sep 14th  at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday  Sep  15th  
Heel-Dana at Saman and Sujimas’
Daval-Dana  at Devini and Thilaks’
Gilanpasa at Nivantha and Sandali’

Sunday Sep 16th
Heel-Dana at Ananda and Rohinis’
Daval-Dana  Anula and Rajithas’
Gilanpasa at Chamara and Lilanis’

Monday Sep 17th
Heel-Dana at Dharmasena and Gnanaseelis’

Tuesday Sep 18th
8:00 p.m. Bana/Gilanpasa at Lal’s, 702-611 University Drive

Wednesday Sep 19th
Daval-Dana at Lal’s 702-611 University Drive

All Heel-Dana at 7:00 a.m. and Daval Dana at 11:00 a.m.

Ven Upatissa leaves  Saskatoon on Wednesday Sep 19th after Daval-Dana.
Everyone is kindly invited and most welcome to attend any and all of the above religious ceremonies.
If you are interested in an unscheduled time slot, please contact Lal Samarasekara.

Saskatoon Sinhala Language School Commences for the Academic Year 2012/2013

By Anusha Samaranayaka
Secretary, Saskatoon Sinhala Language School

This is a reminder that the Saskatoon Sinhala Language School Classes for the academic year 2012/2013 will begin next Sunday (September 9th, 2012) at the Aden Bowman Collegiate. Similar to other years, all classes will start at 10 a.m. in the class rooms 115, 119, and 121. We re-allocated all returning students to this year classes according to the progress they achieved in last year and revised the curriculum for all three levels according to our students’ needs.  Look forward meeting you all!

New Students Welcome!

We are happy to welcome new students at all levels (between 3 to 16 yrs of age) to the Sinhala Language School. The classes will be held on every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Term-1: Sept. 9th-Dec 16th, Term-2: Jan 6th- June 9th) at the Aden Bowman Collegiate (1904 Clarence Avenue South, Saskatoon), except on special holiday weekends. Classes are taught in three levels: elementary, intermediate, and advanced.

This is a great venue for your children to learn and maintain Sinhala language and to interact with other kids in the Saskatoon Sri Lankan community. Even if your child already has Sinhala language skills, this will be a perfect place to maintain that valuable asset while living in Canada. Not only that, students from this language school participate in Sri Lankan community events in Saskatoon through  our cultural dancing, singing and music performances in Sinhala. Our kids have performed short sinhala drams in the past. All these activities carried out through the language school help sharpening various skills. Sinhala Language School students also participate in the Multilingual Choral Festival held every year in celebration of the Mother Tongue Day in Saskatoon. There is no fee associated with the classes. Students are provided with stationary and resource materials required for the lessons. In the past few years we all enjoyed a year end picnic/educational trip involving all student families. Our teachers work with student’s individual language needs focusing on cultural and family values.

If you are interested in enrolling your child/children, please contact us by e-mailing to sasksls@gmail.com (our new e-mail address) or calling one of the office bearers elected for this academic year (mentioned at the end of this mail). Also, please let us know if you require transportation arrangements for your children to attend the school, we will try our best to help you with that.

About the Saskatoon Sinhala Language School

For those who are new to Saskatoon or do not know much about the Sinhala Language School started in 2005, this is part of the Heritage Language Schools conducted by the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (SIA, http://saskintercultural.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1).   The Saskatoon Public School Board provides space to conduct these classes and the SIA provides funding to buy necessary school supplies, to book class rooms, and to pay for the teachers. The uniqueness of our language school is all teachers are volunteers from the community. So the money allocated to teachers’ salaries is used to buy necessary school supplies and to organize events such as Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration and year end trip. As mentioned before, we do not charge any fee from students for the classes. Our formal website will be created soon, and for now, you can get some information about our school through the SaskLanka community weblog (http://blogs.usask.ca/sinhalapanthiya/).

New office bearers of the Sinahla Language School for the 2012/2013 academic year are Ajith Kumara (President, Ph: 384-5118), Anusha Samaranayaka (Secretary, Ph: 979-1060), Kosala Rajapaksha (Treasurer), and Thushan Sanjeewa, Prabhath Lokuge, Nalinda Dissanayake, and Samantha Ekanayake (Committee members).

Together with many families and community volunteers, the Sinhala Language School helps our children to attain many skills to explore Sri Lankan heritage away from Sri Lanka. This really helps to develop personal identity and gain the means to bridge the language barriers which often isolate our children from their grandparents and relatives back home!

Sri Lankans Found Cricket Association in Saskatoon

A Sri Lankan Cricket Association in Saskatoon was established on Saturday the Sep. 2nd. More information will follow.

Briefly, Harsha Irugal Bandara and Dilshan Benaragama were officially named as Captain and Vice-Captain, receptively, to lead the Saskatoon Sri Lankan Cricket Team (SSCT) for 2012-13.

Other significant minutes/positions of the meeting were,
All members of the SSCT for serious tournaments will be selected by the Central Selection Committee (CSC). The CSC includes- Captain, Vice Captain, Gemunu, Mahendra, and Thushan for 2012-13. The criteria for selecting players to the team will be very transparent and shared with you in near future.

Other positions,
President of the Association – Karunasena Irugal Bandara (Maibe)
Treasurer – Nalinda Dissanayake
Secretary – Thushan Sanjeewa Withana Gamage
Manager – A manager will be assigned just prior to each major tournament

Saskatoon Sri Lankan Community Summer Get Together 2012

Date: Saturday the July 28th, 2012
Venue: Meewasin Park (Spadina Crescent E, ~5 km from the University Bridge)  – Map
Time:  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Entry fee
Adult (>14 years) – $ 9
Children (5 – 14 years) – $ 4
Children (<5 years) – free

Please bring your own water and/or pop with you as the water supply is limited at this place. And also, please bring; sport equipment (cricket bats, basket balls, volley balls, soccer, etc.), lawn/garden chairs, and lawn umbrellas, lawn mats, card packs, and musical instruments, if you have. If anybody knows newcomers please inform them to participate, get to know everybody, and enjoy the day.

Kids in to nature: Nature Scavenger Hunt
This will be conducted by a member of the Saskatoon Nature Society for Kids (up to 14 years) in order to introduce them to nature. This will start at 10:00 a.m., and please make sure to take your kids to this exciting event, on time.

Summer games, hikes, bikes in Meewasin trails
There are few games scheduled after the lunch for kids and adults as well.
Tug of war, sack race, balloon passing, and placing eye on an elephant.
There is Meewasin trail along the both river banks. If anybody wants to hikes or bikes this would be a good time.
Please make sure to dispose your garbage on that day only at assign places to protect natural beauty of the park.

Hope everybody would be able to attend, and have fun.

SaskLankan Neighbourhood Premier League 2012 (SNPL-2012)

SaskLankan neighborhood premier league 2012 (SNPL-2012), a six side tape-balled cricket tournament, has been organized by Sasklankan Cricket Club (SCC) for 16th June at St. Patrick Park, Saskatoon. All Sri Lankans are welcome to either participate or cheer the teams. For latest updates joint our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/groups/143631392398495) or Tweeter page (@sasklanka).

Following teams will be performing at SNPL-2012;

“Stone-bridge Bridges”
1. Buddhika Vithanage (c)
2. Sudath Mahendre
3. Chandima Kudalugoda Arachchi
4. Madhava
5. Oliver
6. Sudesh Galhenage

“Lakewood Lions”
1. Chaminda Fernando (c)
2. Shermy Thilan
3. Semage Sujith Chitral DeSilva
4. Nipun Navaratne
5. Tenzy
6. Andrew

“University Highrises”
1. Dilshan Benaragama
2. Pransiskudura Chamara Pradeep Silva
3. Duminda Chand
4. Sahaz Perera
5. Sayuran
6. Amila or Kamal

“Nothern Rockets”
1. Raveen Prasad (c)
2. Aruna Prabhath
3. Kalpa Fernando
4. Saman
5. Ajith
6. Udaya Wanasundara

“Sutherland Sharks”
1. Harsha Irugal Bandara
2. Dilruk Dinesh
3. Dhawala Abeywickrama
4. Danuka Ubayasena
5. Nalantha Wanasundara
6. Karunasena Malala Irugal Bandaralage

“Stone-bridge Stoners”
1. Thushan Sanjeewa Withana Gamage
2. Ushan Iranjan Alahakoon
3. Nalinda Dissanayake
4. Amila Navaratne
5. Samantha
6. Gemunu

New Year Party Agenda-2012

The most fascinating Saskatoon- Sri-Lankan community gathering of the year “New Year Party-2012” is just few days away. The organizing committee cordially invites you all to celebrate our rich traditions on this day.

Date :      19th May (Saturday), 2012
Venue:   St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Egbert Avenue, Saskatoon, S7N 1X3
Time:     4:00 p.m
Tickets: $7.00 per head (Over 14 years old)
$5.00 per head (Below 14 years old)
Free admission (Kids below 5 years old)
  • Each family is kindly requested to bring a pop bottle of their choice.
  • Due to very high volume of scintillating and very entertaining events, we are compelled to start early.

 

Please show your enthusiasm and support by attending on timeEspecially those who bring food for tea time, please make sure to bring that in-time since we will be having tea shortly after starting the event.
  • The program includes following fun-filled Avurudu games
 
Kids- Ballon blowing           Adults-Best laugh competition (Do not wait, start practicing!!)
          Bun eating                             Tug of war
          Sack race                              Yogurt eating
          Tug of war
 
Amazing prizes for the winners!!!!
The agenda of the party is in the “document box” for you to get a sneak peek of all the performances and activities happening during this event.
Look forward meeting you all on Saturday the May 19th. Come and Enjoy!!
happy wesak day

Buddhists in Sri Lanka celebrate Lord Buddha’s birth,enlightenment (nirvāna), and passing away (Parinirvāna) on the 5th of May (2556thBE) in this year (2012). Wish you all have a happy Wesak day. May middle path lead you to happiness and peace of mind.

Daana at the Burmese Temple-2012

Sri Lankan in Saskatoon conducted the Daana pinkama at the Mettaviahari Burmese temple on 1st of April, 2012. Students of Sinhala Language School in Saskatoon actively participated the event by making offerings to the Lord Buddha and alms-giving to the Sangha.