Sri Lankans lived in Saskatoon and Regina celebrated the Summer 2014 in Forestry Park, Saskatoon. For more photo updates visit our flickr and facebook pages.
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 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
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
Admission Fee: $8.00/Adult and $6.00/kid (age 5-12yrs). Admission is free for children under 5 years old.
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
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.
|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|
|Vietnamese Temple||Meditation Buddha Vandana and Dhamma Deshana|
|Sep 29||6:00 AM||Kamal/Ajantha||Heel Danaya|
|9:30 AM: 3:00 PM
|To be decided||Children’s program (Daval Danaya is open preferably for a potluck)|
226, Stepniy cr
|Sep 30||6:00 AM||Udaya/Janitha
531 Kucey Cr.
|Sep 30||10:45 AM||Udith/||Daval Danaya|
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.
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
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.
I’m from quality family times to the amusing friendships
I’ m from the shimmering turquoise oceans to the shallow fresh lakes
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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
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I’m from the daring perilous games to simple puzzles
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I’m from real friends to one faithful unique best friend
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I’m from the warming tea sips to the ice cold Slurpee’s
I’m from the tropical fruits to the exotic berries
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I’m from humorous jokes to the series situations
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.
Wish you a very happy new year with all happiness, prosperity, and health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
or Rajitha Perera (204) 261 3683
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.
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.
If you are interested in enrolling your child/children, please contact us by e-mailing to email@example.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!
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.
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
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.
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 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 (
Following teams will be performing at SNPL-2012;
1. Buddhika Vithanage (c)
2. Sudath Mahendre
3. Chandima Kudalugoda Arachchi
6. Sudesh Galhenage
1. Chaminda Fernando (c)
2. Shermy Thilan
3. Semage Sujith Chitral DeSilva
4. Nipun Navaratne
1. Dilshan Benaragama
2. Pransiskudura Chamara Pradeep Silva
3. Duminda Chand
4. Sahaz Perera
6. Amila or Kamal
1. Raveen Prasad (c)
2. Aruna Prabhath
3. Kalpa Fernando
6. Udaya Wanasundara
1. Harsha Irugal Bandara
2. Dilruk Dinesh
3. Dhawala Abeywickrama
4. Danuka Ubayasena
5. Nalantha Wanasundara
6. Karunasena Malala Irugal Bandaralage
1. Thushan Sanjeewa Withana Gamage
2. Ushan Iranjan Alahakoon
3. Nalinda Dissanayake
4. Amila Navaratne
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.
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.
- The program includes following fun-filled Avurudu games