Giving Back to the Community

As part of the new initiatives announced on the 26th of October 2015, we are pleased to inform you that we have identified 3 registered charities that promote Sri Lankan culture and started to make monthly pre-authorized debit donations, starting 1st of April 2016.

With this initiative an amount agreed by the EC is allocated equally to the registered Sri Lankan Charities in Ottawa. This year, to start it off, we allocated a monthly sum of $10 to each of the three such institutions. This is done in line with the SLCAO Objectives.

Special General Meeting on the 30th of April 2016

April 08, 2016


link to presentation:SLCAO Registration

Further to our email on the 25th of March 2016 and As per 13 a. clause of the SLCAO Constitution there will be a Special General meeting to discuss a special matter as stated in the constitution.

We have sought legal advice and the time has come for SLCAO to complete the registration process by voting on the new By-laws.

Also Further to our email on the 25th of March to inform the members of the upcoming changes, we have also reached out to the Past Presidents of SLCAO for the last 9 years for their input on the 27th of March 2016. Other than compliments, we have not received any by-law related feedback from the members or the past Presidents. Therefore we will proceed with the attached by-laws. Any changes needed would be considered for the AGM in October 2016.There will be no other SGM before the AGM to review changes back and forth.
This meeting is schedule on,
Date: 30th April 2015
Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Heron Community Centre (1480 Heron Rd) – Alta Vista Room

2:00pm                             Arrival of Guests
2:10pm – 2:30pm             Presentation on the changes to the constitution
2:30pm – 2:50pm             Review responses
2:50pm – 3:00pm             Vote on the By-laws
3:00pm—4:00pm             Meeting adjourned and refreshments served

Click Here to view the by-laws ready for SGM



3rd of May 2016

Dear Members and friends,

We wish to share the following exciting news with you about the Special General meeting (SGM) held at the Heron Road Community Center on the 30th of April 2016 from 2pm – 4pm.

Pictures of the event can be found at:

As per section 18 of the constitution we have received over and beyond the required number of votes to proceed to change the constitution and proceed to register SLCAO as a Not For Profit Corporation. We will work with Francis and Francis Law firm to proceed with the registration and will let you know of the progress.

Thanks for all your support!

Executive Committee,

Registration of SLCAO as a Nonprofit Organisation


It is with great pleasure that we announce the steps being taken to register SLCAO as a Nonprofit Organization.

It is SLCAO’s 40th Anniversary and it is high time that this well respected and established organization be registered with Corporations Canada as a Nonprofit Organization. When SLCAO is incorporated, the constitution will be referred to as “By-laws”. Since it is a mature organization, in-order to register it, we need to call a Special General Meeting (SGM) and get the new by-laws approved from members, as per section 13 of the Constitution.

Here are the timelines that will lead to the SGM:

March 25th – April 9th : Draft by-laws are circulated to all Members via email and feedback requested till April 7th 2016.

April 9th – SLCAO Will officially schedule the SGM as per Section 13 of the (existing) constitution and send the final version of By-laws to members via email.

April 30th – SLCAO SGM to vote on the new By-laws.

Click here to download draft by-laws…

Click here to read more:



Sinhalese Radio Stations

Aganuwarin Payak

Tune into Sawana Radio every Saturdays 8pm-9pm and retelecast on Tuesdays 8pm-9pm.


Sinhalese Rhythm

Tune into 93.1 FM, alternate Tuesdays from 11:00 am to Noon for an exclusive Sinhalese radio broadcast, hosted by Priyantha Wijeweera of Ottawa.

Check the schedule for more information

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Latest SLCAO Email Updates


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  • Sri Lankan Short Eats.


    Dear Members and friends,

    This is an Important message from one of our sponsors of the upcoming Sinhalese Heritage Day/New Year event.

    Please support this. 

    Thank you!
    Executive Committee,



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  • Second Annual Walk-A-Thon


    Dear Members and friends,


    Please see upcoming Second Annual Walk-A-Thon hosted by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa. Please support  this event.

    Thank you,
    Executive Committee,

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  • Dinner Dance with Athula


    Dear Members and friends,

    The Ottawa Music Lovers has requested the following notice be circulated to the Sri Lankan community of Ottawa. 

    Please support this event. 

    Thank you!
    Executive Committee,



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SLCAO Building Fund and SLCAO Scholarship Fund

October 26th, 2015

Dear Members,

The Executive Committee is pleased to announce 2 long term initiatives;

SLCAO Building Fund

The main objective of this fund is to build enough capital to fund a Sri Lankan Community Center in the future. Money collected will be invested in a long term growth mutual funds and purchased via TD Waterhouse brokerage. The exact type of investment equity will be the decision of the Executive Committee (current and future) based on market conditions with advice from a licensed Investment Advisor.

SLCAO Scholarship Fund

The main objective of this fund is to build enough capital to finance an ongoing program of providing scholarships to an underprivileged school/individual in Sri Lanka or in Canada. The founding stone to this initiative was placed when SLCAO undertook and implemented a one-time Scholarship fund raiser in the 2013/14 EC year to a Primary school in Mangala Eliya in Sri Lanka (see youtube video here At the 2013 Christmas party $470 was raised for this purpose and Past President Roshan Fernando personally delivered it to the School in Sri Lanka.

Moving forward from this year, monies raised for Scholarships will not be distributed, instead it will be invested. The returns of the investment will be used to fund the SLCAO Scholarship program. While we hope to raise as much as possible in the current year at least to fund 1 or 2 students, the majority of the benefit would be in the upcoming years. The Executive Committee will decide as to which underprivileged school/individual to be funded.

Money collected will be invested in dividend/income equity fund and purchased via TD Waterhouse brokerage. The exact type of investment equity will be the decision of the Executive Committee (current and future) based on market conditions with advice from a licensed Investment Advisor.

Please stay tuned for the upcoming fund raisers to support these two causes.

Thank you

SLCAO Executive Committee