JPAA Canada funds infrastructure improvements at SJC

Posted on 03 December 2016 by admin

Fr. Travis with UpaliJPAA Canada donated Two-Thousand Dollars (CAN) towards infrastructure improvements at St. Joseph's College, in 2015.

A two-member delegation comprising JPAA President Upali Obeyesekere and Immediate Past-President Christy Joseph visited Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel last May (2015) at the Rector's office and handed over a bank draft in the $2000.00 to Fr. Travis for infrastructure development work at St. Joseph's College. 

JPAA Canada holds the distinction of been the first Sri Lanka Schools' Association to be formed in Canada, in 1984. Going on its 32nd year, the association has plans to help both schools (St. Joseph's College and St. Peter's College) with donations meant primarily for infrastructure improvements. Both schools have been the beneficiary in the tune of over one-million rupees each, since JPAA was formed in 1984. JPAA Canada is also the only "Joint" Alumni Association for the Josephians and Peterites in the world. An enviable record that shows that working together is better than working against each other.

" Helping the Alma Mater is a dominant mandate of JPAA Canada", says President Upali Obeyesekere. "This is the least we could do towards the great institution which gave us sound education and taught us the basic values of life and living with each other", he added.

Overseas branches of both schools are in existence in Canada, USA, U.K., Australia, UAE and a few other countries. Besides providing a forum for the alumni to meet and greet each other in their adopted country of choice, overseas branches have been a source of monetary help to the alma mater over the years. 

Fr. Travis Gabriel with Upali Obeyesekere.

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