Events

Events

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018/19

SLAAAA successfully concluded its 6th Annual General Meeting on 31 January 2020 at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo. The meeting was well attended and we would like to thank all the members for attending the event. We would like to congratulate the newly elected Executive Committee and also thank the outgoing EXCO for their tremendous contribution. This was followed by a reception to celebrate the success. We look forward to working with the new committee and will share our annual plan with you soon

Event 6: Beach Cleaning Program

Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni completed the Beach Cleaning Program at the Hikkaduwa Beach on 30 November 2019. This was organised in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.

Event 5: Life Skill Development Program

Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni conducted a Life Skill Development program for its members and other interested parties on 29 October 2019. This program covered what self-awareness is, how it can be beneficial in a therapy session, why it is difficult to achieve, and how one can cultivate it. Around 40 participants attended the program. The program was delivered by Dr. Sarath Mandalawatha and Dr. Maheshika Jayathilake, who are medical professionals in the field. They have over 20 years of experience in the field.

Event 4: Book Drive Project

SLAAAA Book Drive Project – Donating books and Furniture for Libraries in Rural Schools in Sri Lanka. The #SLAAAABookDrive2019 is our 3rd consecutive year of building libraries for rural schools in Sri Lanka. This year we gifted libraries to two schools including Sinhapura Widyawardana Vidyalaya – Mahadiwulwewa & Morawewa Sinhala Vidyalaya – Pankulama on 14th September 2019. This included donating furniture and books required for the libraries.

Sinhapura Widyawardana Vidyalaya – Mahadiwulwewa

Morawewa Sinhala Vidyalaya – Pankulama

Fund Raising Event

Kathak Recital by Nurthya Visharad Dumitha Gunawardana organised by Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni to raise funds for SLAAAA Book Drive Project. 2019 Book Drive is SLAAAA’s 3rd consecutive year of building libraries for rural schools in Sri Lanka. HE David Holly, Australian High Commissioner graced the event as the Chief Guest. Many other prominent experts in the field of Arts and Visual Performance has also attended the event. Around 250 participants attended the program.

Health Camp on the Women Day 2019

SLAAAA successfully conducted A Health Camp for Estate Workers to celebrate the Women day on 16 March 2019 at the Kolapthana Estate, Ketaboola, Nawalapitiya. Over 500 workers including children and other family members were benefited from the program. We were able to identify some patients who have critical health conditions and necessary arrangements were made to refer them to long term treatment under the guidance of the Dr. Anjana Seneviratne and the team from SLAAAAA Central Province Chapter.

SLAAAA Planning Day 2019

The Planning Day of SLAAAA was held on the 9th February 2019 with the participation of the newly elected members of the Executive Committee. This event was to decide on the goals and initiatives that will guide SLAAAA’s efforts to achieve its objectives during the year 2019.This also gave an opportunity to the new EXCO members to strengthen connections between them.

Awareness Program on Non-communicable disease (NCD) organise by SLAAAA Central Province Chapter

While Sri Lanka moving forward with economic development steadily, the Health of Sri Lankan people have been improved but subjected to change in the pattern of diseases. Life style of the citizens become sedentary and food pattern have been westernized. People started to migrate towards cities but with poor quality of life. All these factors contributed to the increase of Hypertension, diabetes, cancer and heart diseases like non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among urban communities. Current data suggests about 50% and 25% population are at risk for diabetes and hypertension respectively.   It is important to screen for these diseases as they are non-recognizable in early stages, and can be cured or well controlled. The state system of screening for non-communicable disease encompass the rural population but poorly the urban population.  The main objective of this event is to provide essential knowledge on lifestyle modification to prevent NCDs and screen for NCDs at Banks of Kandy municipal area.  The date to be decided.

Awareness Program on snake bites organise by SLAAAA Central Province Chapter

Snake bites are highly prevalent among agricultural communities residing in dry zone of Sri Lanka.  Mahaveli agricultural region and Mahiyangana area of central province also among the risk group. With the recent Mahaveli project and resettlements in these areas both human and reptile communities experience different challenges and meet each other in day today activities. These meetings result in either endangering or loss of each other lives unnecessarily.

 

Dr Kalana Maduvage, a Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Medicine Peradeniya as an expert in snake bites will join as the key resource person. Medical officer non-communicable disease at Regional director office of Health Kandy will arrange the location and arrange the risk communities for the program. Respective dates will be informed. The date to be decided.

Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni (SLAAAA) – Annual General Meeting 2018

Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni (SLAAAA) concluded its 5th Annual General Meeting on 13th December 2018 at the Mandarina Hotel, Colombo 3. The meeting was well attended. The AGM was followed by its first ever SLAAAA Alumni Excellence Awards. The Excellence Award was destined to exclusively recognize and honour the significant contributions made by the Australia Awards Alumni towards the economic and social development of Sri Lanka through their professional, academic and other voluntary activities. This was followed by a reception to celebrate the success.

Today A Reader – Tomorrow A Leader”
SLAAAA Book Drive Project 2018  (11th November 2018 – Hasalaka)

As part of its commitment for sustainability and access to education, SLAAAA recently donated its 5th library including books and furniture to Keenapalassa Vidyalaya in Hasalaka through its 2018 Book Drive Project.

With these initiatives SLAAAA expects to provide rural school children with the knowledge they need to improve lives and expand opportunities and help infuse young children with an early love of reading.

Today A Reader – Tomorrow A Leader”
SLAAAA Book Drive Project 2018  (3rd November 2018 – Welikanda)

As part of its commitment for sustainability and access to education, SLAAAA recently donated its 4th library including books and furniture to Thirukonamadu Muslim Vidyalaya in Welikanda through its 2018 Book Drive Project.

With these initiatives SLAAAA expects to provide rural school children with the knowledge they need to improve lives and expand opportunities and help infuse young children with an early love of reading.

Today A Reader – Tomorrow A Leader”
SLAAAA Book Drive Project 2018  (3rd November 2018 – Batticaloa)

As part of its commitment for sustainability and access to education, SLAAAA recently donated its 3rd library including books and furniture to Mandur GM 40 School in Batticaloa through its 2018 Book Drive Project.

With these initiatives SLAAAA expects to provide rural school children with the knowledge they need to improve lives and expand opportunities and help infuse young children with an early love of reading.

Establishment of Kandy Provincial Chapter  (18th September 2018)
A Culture of Engagement: A Culture of SLAAAA Spirit 

The third Provincial Chapter of SLAAAA was established in Kandy recently with the objective of promoting alumni engagement. A great deal of effort was put into this and thanks to all involved. Congratulations to our Kandy Regional Chapter Leader Dr. Anjana Senevirathne and his committee members! Please join us to create a sense of pride that lasts a lifetime while showing a level of commitment to the Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni (SLAAAA ) family.

Climb the Heights of Mount Everest with Jayanthi – Public Talk (15th August 2018) 

SLAAAA organised a Public Talk recently and it was a privilege to have the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest – Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala as our speaker. Jayanthi’s summit made Sri Lanka the fourth country in the world, in which a woman has been the first person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Today A Reader – Tomorrow A Leader”
SLAAAA Book Drive Project 2018  (1st August 2018)

As part of its commitment for sustainability and access to education, SLAAAA recently donated a library including books and furniture to Sri Sumanasara Vidyalaya, Kurunagala through its 2018 Book Drive Project.

With these initiatives SLAAAA expects to provide rural school children with the knowledge they need to improve lives and expand opportunities and help infuse young children with an early love of reading.

The International Conference on Compliance Trends for Financial Institutions 2018 & Beyond

The Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni held its second annual conference “The International Conference on Compliance Trends for Financial Institutions 2018 & Beyond” on 12th July 2018, at Galleface Hotel, Colombo. More than 120 compliance professionals from the financial sector including the policy makers and the top regulators of the country participated in the event. Honorable Eran Wickramaratne – State Minister of Finance, His Excellency Bryce Hutchesson – Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka attended the event as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor. Mr. Vajira Wijegunawardanae- Director General of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and Ms. Yvette Fernando – Assistant Governor of the central Bank were the keynote speakers at the event.  Mr. Micheal Rasmussen – GRC Pundit from USA, Mr. Anatoly Kirievsky from Australia, Mr. Ayesh Ariyasinghe – Senior Assistant Director of FIU and Mr. Sujit Chirsty were among the main speakers of the event.

 

The conference was a comprehensive one day program that provided participants with the most current information available on the changing regulatory landscape.

Some of the objectives of the Conference are:

  1. Provide guidance for compliance management amidst of dynamic regulatory environment
  2. Provide a platform to the industry professionals for the most up to date information on regulatory initiatives, developments, and enforcement activities impacting the industry
  3. Provide an opportunity for the local industry professionals to learn new compliance trends and international best practices and thereby support the country’s financial sector to grow
  4. Create a networking opportunity for policy makers, regulators, industry experts and other stakeholders to discuss best practices and learn from each other’s compliance programs

SLAAAA Celebrates World Environment Day 2018

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. ” – Wendell Berry

SLAAAA launched its first ever tree planting project on the 5th June 2018 (World Environment Day) with Sri Sumanasara Vidyalaya in Kurunagala. This project that we finance has a unique approach and is helping to make our country greener in a very special way. As an Association committed to being green and giving back, we will be planting trees throughout Sri Lanka. This is the first stage of this initiative and we planted 50 trees around the school ground of Sri Sumanasara Vidyala. The project plans to plant 1000 trees in the coming months. In addition to the tree planting project, our own waste management expert Dr. Randika Jayasinghe gave a talk on waste management to students of Sri Sumanasara Vidyalaya. Our special thanks goes to Dr. Eshantha Ariyadasa from SLAAAA Kurunagala Chapter for all his hard work to make this event a success. We are proud to have Dr. Eshantha and Dr. Randika, who are so committed to make a change in this country, as our alumni/EXCO members.

We invite you to contribute to make our country greener.

How you can help – 

1. Donate Trees: Honor a loved one or special occasion with a tree voucher

2. Share: Share this message to five friends, and ask them to pass it to five more

3. Volunteer: Start a tree planting project in your town or school

Provincial Chapters – A Culture of Engagement: A Culture of SLAAAA Spirit

The establishment of the new “Provincial Chapter’ concept is our latest attempt to harness and attract ALL former alumni scholars to become involved with the SLAAAA irrespective of geographic proximity. Establishing a provincial chapter gathering for a variety of selected regional areas (North Central- Anuradhapura, Central- Kandy, North Western, and North Eastern) is being done in order to engage more alumni members and make it more convenient to get involved from a proximity perspective.

The 1st Meeting for the SLAAAA Provincial Chapters is scheduled to be held on Sunday 8th of April, 2018 at 11.00am (at the Mini Auditorium on the 5th floor) of the Chief ministry, NC Provincial Council, Harischandra Mawatha, Anuradhapura.

Please join us to create a sense of pride that lasts a lifetime while showing a level of commitment to the Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni (SLAAAA ) family.

Today A Reader – Tomorrow A Leader” – SLAAAA Book Drive Project 2018

As part of its commitment for sustainability and access to education, SLAAAA recently donated a library including books and furniture to Vilayaya Vidyalaya, Pasgoda, Matara through its 2018 Book Drive Project.

With these initiatives SLAAAA expects to provide rural school children with the knowledge they need to improve lives and expand opportunities and help infuse young children with an early love of reading.

THE AGM 2017

The SLAAAA AGM was held on the 5th of December 2017.

The BIGSHIFT forum

To promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, organize a sustainability forum featuring eminent speakers across various industries. This event which public on Sustainable Urban Development including sustainable production and consumption, Sustainable Transport and promoting sustainability in the construction industry.

Flood Relief Initiative

Flood Relief Program organized by Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni (SLAAAA) was held on 08th July 2017 at Pasgoda Divisional Secretariat , Matara District with the coordination of The Divisional Secretay, Pasgoda. School kits including Stationaries, Shoes and Uniforms were provided to 100 school children who were affected by recent flood.

Helping Hands

The members of the Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni (SLAAAA) were able to successfully donate custom-made beds to the Ragama Rehabilitation Hospital. These custom beds were manufactured to meet the special needs of the children at the Hospital.  The members of SLAAAA also managed to organize a session of fun activities and games with the children along with the donation of the beds to the hospital.

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