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JPAA Canada AGM: Membership drive is central focus of 31 year-old alumni association

Posted on 28 March 2015 by admin

JPAA AGM 01The Annual General Meeting of the Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada took place in the Hamilton Room, Radisson Hotel Toronto East on Friday, March 27, 2015. Prayers were led by Old Peterite Rehan Goonetilleke and the meeting concluded with one central focus – "increase membership". The joint Joe-Pete association, the only one of its kind in the world was formed in 1984 at a time when the alumni were young and new immigrants to Canada. Over the years, interest in participation has dwindled due to increase challenges of time management and family commitments. The longer people live outside their motherland (in this case Sri Lanka), the desire to participate in the alumni activities lessen. Age too has taken a toll in membership and it is vitally important to engage the younger "Old Boys" in the JPAA Canada and this concern came out loud and clear.

President Upali Obeyesekere set his team a target of 100+ members for 2015. This is only a token considering there are more than a thousand Sri Lankans who attended either St. Joseph's College and/or St. Peter's College in Colombo and now domiciled in Canada. JPAA Canada is recognized as the first Sri Lankan alumni association to be formed until the Royal/Trinity/Thomian group formed another joint association. Within a few years, this alliance broke up and formed individual organizations. JPAA Canada however continued as a joint entity.

Calendar of events for 2015 were announced by the president so that the Peterites and Josephians living in Toronto could mark the dates on their calendar.

  • Friday, June 27th – Fellowship Nite at J&J Swagat Banquet Hall
  • July 1 (Canada) Day – 31st Josephian-Peterite Cricket Encounter at King City Grounds (Main Game + Masters Game
  • Sunday, August 16  – 6th Saints Quadrangular Cricket Tournament at Ajax Cricket Grounds
  • Saturday, October 3 – Annual Dinner Dance (Venue to be finalised)

All Josephians and Peterites in Canada are requested to support the association and participate in the above events.

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