Senaka Samarasinghe honoured by Liberal MP Terry Duguid

Member of Parliament (Canada) Terry Duguid presented me with a “Platinum Jubilee Community Leadership Award” in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the throne.

The ceremony took place at the Canad Inns on Dec. 11, 2022. The organizers allowed me to accompany my wife, Chandani, and my daughter, Rowanthi, for this grand event.

MP Duguid introduced each and every Award Holder and he introduced me as, "Senaka is a longtime leader in Sri Lankan Canadian community in Winnipeg South. He is the former President of the Sri Lankan Association of Manitoba, which organizes events that celebrate Sri Lankan culture and keep young people in touch with their roots. He is a tireless advocate for the seniors in his community and has been successful in applying for the New Horizons grants from the Canadian Government."

With the Award Certificate there was a congratulatory letter dated on Dec. 11, 2022 signed by MP Terry Duguid. The third item was an “Emblem of the Platinum Jubilee”, created for this occasion by the Canadian Heraldic Authority. It features the Royal Crown and the Royal Cypher (EIIR) as personal symbols representing the Queen. With its seven-sided shape, seven maple leaves and seven pearls, it marks seven decades of service to Canada and embodies the idea of celebration.

Sri Lankan Seniors: Yoga Session

Sri Lankan Seniors Manitoba conducted their monthly yoga gathering in the morning of Dec. 9, 2022 at Whyte Ridge Community Centre. Yoga instructor Smita Gupta came with her husband Madhu.

Their loving daughter Aneri Gupta accompanied them to help her mother. Aneri is a practicing family physician in Fremont, California. She joined her mother’s yoga session. At the end, Aneri spoke few words about practicing yoga and explained healthy living methods to perform daily.

She agreed to sing and dance for the Sinhala popular hit, “Manike Mage Hithe”. They had lunch with us and SLSM fellowship session ended by 1.30.

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