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25 Years in the making

Not the end of an era, but the beginning of the next chapter in the storied history of the STC OBA – CANADA.

As the evening of May 5th drew close, 400 guests of the STC OBA – CANADA prepared themselves for an epic event. The evening began with a happy hour of drinks and hors d'oeuvres and gave our guest the opportunity to mingle in their dazzling attire. Right on queue the MC Bennett Olegasegram asked everyone to take their seats in the hall. The opening ceremonies began with 8 Past Presidents marching in proudly behind flag bearer and past president Kumaru Wijesundera, flanked by all old Thomians present. The procession began with founding member and first president Wimsy Sinntamby, He was followed closely behind by Siri Wijetunge, Chico Guneratna, David Jayaweera, Shanaka De Mel, Russell Rajaratnam, D.R. Weerasinghe, Rajith Kannangara and current president Jehan Ahamed. All past presidents were honoured with a keep sake memento as gratitude for the services rendered.

With his Dance Committee standing behind him our current President Jehan Ahamed welcomed all those in attendance and thanked his team for 3 months of long hours, many late nights and weekends spent planning and preparing for this moment. Special mention was made of dance Committee Chairman Sumith Samarasinghe whose leadership and skill had made this special event evolve from idea to reality. As a special tribute to his invaluable contribution to the dance Mr. Daya Ginige was called upon to cut the 25th anniversary cake.

Headliner and “King of Baila” Desmond De Silva transported us back in time with heart wrenching renditions of some of the best of the 60s and 70s. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand, singing along to a few choruses, left side vs right side of the dance floor. He nearly brought the roof down when he sang “she went into the water”. The surprise guest artist Mr. Roshan Thavaratnam, added a great deal of flavour with a short set of popular Tamil songs. Matrix and DJ Chamil also brought their “A” game to the event keeping the dance floor jammed packed all night long.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen the Thomian “Silver Jubilee Dinner Dance” was a big hit and a roaring success. A fitting celebration with style and elegance that only the boys from “The School by the sea” could pull off. Ducimus Nos Sequnter Alli as the saying goes, non Thomian guests were privy to just how the alumni of the most prestigious school in Sri Lanka celebrate a great milestone in Canada. A beautiful venue, great food, top shelf entertainment and a midnight Sri Lankan table with a live “Kothu” station were complementing the main event, Celebrating the 25 years of the STC OBA CANADA.

In Closing I would like to thank all the past presidents for their exemplary service to our Alma Mater, Wimsy Sinntamby, Siri Wijetunge, Premalal Fernando, Chico Guneratna, Kumaru Wijesundera, David Jayaweera, Sunil Welikala, Shanaka De Mel, Russell Rajaratnam, Malik Candappa, Ashok Senadeera, D.R. Weerasinghe, Hiran Adhihetty, Rajith Kannangara, Trevor Fernando, Thamal Perera and current president Jehan Ahamed.

An event such as this would not be possible without our great sponsors, especially our very own Thomian sponsors, Yoga Warren, Kumar Gurutharan, Chian De Silva, Sumith Samarasinghe, Trevor Fernando and Riyaz Rauf.

Finally, the Dance Committee:

Chairman: Sumith Samarasinghe, and his team Daya Ginige, Jehan Ahamed, D.R Weerasinghe, Goddy Kumarage, Malik Candappa, Prasad Jinasena, Priyanthan Gopallapille, Ram Thirugnanam, Sachi Suresan, Sana Saravanamuthu, Ravi Niles, Trevor Fernando, Sajeewa Peiris, Gerhard Munaweera, Eshan Samsoodeen and Rajit Kadirgamar

Dance Photos: by Daya Ginige

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Annual Christmas Party (2017)

2017 Annual Christmas Party-December 2nd - Event recap and photos

On Saturday December 2nd, 2017 the evening light began to fade, and the early winter winds gently rustled the leaves on the trees around the chalet at Simeon Park. A group of old and young Thomians gathered around the warmth of the centrally located fire place to share some festive eats and a drink or two.

The 2017 Annual Christmas party got under way around 7pm, members, family and friends trickled in as the evenings events began. To get everyone into the mood music maestro Daya Ginige had all the Christmas classics playing on the jukebox. One man band Rollinson Ferdinandez set up quickly and took over the evening’s entertainment, often accompanied by all the usual singers. On this night we were lucky to have on the open mike, the likes of Gihan, Rasitha, Shanaka, Kumaru and the very special vocal stylings of Robin Mendis.

Kids under 12 were occupied by games and crafts until Santa made an appearance. Story time with Mrs. Clause (Sepa) was a big hit again this year.  After a few attempts at the snowman shaped piñata one good hit sent the kids into a frenzy chasing after candy and toys strewn on the floor.

Dinner preparation began around 8.30pm and the endless line for hoppers lasted deep into the evening. Delicious Egg, milk and plain hoppers accompanied by the various sambols and mutton curry were a huge hit with everyone. The evening wrapped up around midnight, with best wishes to all for the upcoming Christmas and holiday season.

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Introducing your 25th Anniversary Executive Committee

Dear Members,

Thank you for attending the 2017 AGM held on Oct 28th. We had an enthusiastic gathering of old and young Thomians participate in this historical appointing of the Executive Committee that will carry us into our 25th year. Among the gathering were many members from the inaugural Executive Committee, namely Wimsy, Chico, Shantha, Malik, and Naomal. Gentleman, I would like to thank you, along with Eksath for your efforts 25 years ago for starting the STCOBA Canada. The OBA that is now highly respected among all OBA's  around the world due to the quality of our members and the way we conduct our selves not only as a group but also as individuals.

Congratulations to our 2017/2018 Executive Committee, Wishing you all the success in creating the most memorable anniversary year.

Seated L to R:

​Treasurer: Ram Thirugnanam
Vice President: Sumith Samarasinghe
President: Jehan Ahamed
Secretary: Rajit Kadirgamar
Past President: Thamal Perera

Standing L to R:

Committee: Prasad Jinasena
Asst. Sports Secretary: Gamini Kumarage
Committee: Malik Candappa
Committee: Riyaz Rauf
Asst. Treasurer: Trevor Fernando
Social Secretary: Dulsri Weerasinghe
Asst. Social Secretary: Varuna Indraratne
Asst. Secretary: Priyanthan Gopalapillai
Committee: Daya Ginige
Sports Secretary: Sachithananthan Suresan (Absent)

Webmaster: Sathish Gnanakumar

The new Executive Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing committee (Thamal Perera, Balen Rajanathan, Rajit Kadirgamar, Mark Daswani, Sachithananthan Suresan, Jehan Ahamed, Sathish Gnanakumar, Varuna Indraratne, Vishan De Mel, Priyanthan Gopalapillai, Ashok Senadeera, Shantha Jayesekera, Sumith Samarasingha, D.R Weerasinghe,Trevor Fernando) for an outstanding year of events, The bar was elevated by the 2016/2017 committee setting the stage for an even grander year.

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