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Sri Lanka Day' successfully held in Toronto

2019-09-13

Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto together with the assistance of Toronto Police Community Partnership and Engagement Unit, and Toronto Police Cricket Club organised and successfully concluded the 'Sri Lanka Day' on 08 September 2019 at the Toronto Police Perceval Cummins Cricket Field in Scarborough, Toronto.

'Sri Lanka Day' was ceremonially started with a procession carrying Sri Lankan national flags, Sesath and other traditional symbols and a march by Toronto Police Ceremonial Unit. After playing the national anthems of Sri Lanka and Canada, the event was adorned with traditional cultural dances of Upcountry, Bharatha and a bridal pageant.

Delivering the opening remarks, as the Chief Guest, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in Canada  highlighted  the importance of sports in unifying all expatriates in Toronto and admired the assistance extended by the Toronto Police to organize this event under the theme of    “Partnership and Engagement”. The Superintendent of Toronto Police as Chief representative from the Canadian side, David Rydzik assured their support for partnership among all in his speech. Other dignitaries who graced the event as special guests were representatives from diplomatic corps and international organisations, senior Toronto Police officials, Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament Mayantha Dissanayake and other professionals from Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Malay communities.

Parallel to the event, the Consulate General office set up a booth to promote tourism, tea,  coconut and other products.

Further, a T 2O cricket match, between Ontario Cricket Academy (OCA) representing Sri Lanka and Toronto Police Cricket Club (TPCC) was held in the afternoon, at which Ontario Cricket Academy won the trophy. The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Canada presented the trophies and certificates to the participants. Consul General, Kapila Jayaweera closed the proceedings by thanking all the Sri Lankan expatriates and stakeholders who attached the event.

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