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October 18, 2017

THE BRITISH SRI LANKAN ASSOCIATION (BRISLA)
LEADS PRAISE FOR AWARD WINNERS
Leading figures in the British Sri Lankan community were recognised for their hard work at the annual BRISLA Awards this month.

The event, sponsored by Specsavers and Sri Lankan Airlines, was held at the Long Room at Lord's Cricket Ground and celebrated winners in fields ranging from business through to healthcare.

Those in attendance on the night included H.R.H. Princess Katarina, Ms. Mei Sim Lim OBE DL, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for London Borough of Brent, H.E. Mrs Amari Wijewardene, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to UK, Professor Karol Sikora, Dean of the Medical Faculty - University of Buckingham, Lady Eliana Houstoun-Boswall, Founder of Hampton Court House, Raymond Whitaker, Editor of Asian Affairs and former England cricketer Geoff Miller OBE, who were entertained by master of ceremonies, Mark Jones.

Dr Zimar Sivardeen, chairman of the British Sri Lankan Association (BRISLA), praised the strength of entries for this year's awards, adding the event had helped raise a substantial amount for the Equality-based Community Support And Training (ECSAT) charity.

He said: 'The BRISLA Awards celebrate the many ways the British Sri Lankans make positive contributions to their communities. We have seen some outstanding examples of this over the last few months that have really captured the hearts and minds of the general public.'

'It is an annual celebration and time to reflect on some amazing achievements. The purpose of the awards is to raise awareness in the general public of the importance and benefit of social integration.'

Winners on the night included Mr. Ratheesan Yoganathan in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, Professor Mudiyanse Dissanayake in the Outstanding Achievement in the Arts category, Professor Hilali Noordeen in the Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare category, Mr. Arunasalam Thirukeetheeswaran in the Local Community Hero of the Year category, Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala in the Outstanding Contribution to Interfaith category and Mr. Chandra Monerawela in the Lifetime Achievement Award category.

BRISLA is a non-profit, non-political organisation that aims to facilitate cooperation and build partnerships between the UK and Sri Lanka around issues including education, health affairs and sustainable trade and investment.

Photography by Prasad Fernando
H.E. Ms. Amari Wijewardene, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK,
Dr Zimar Sivardeen, Chairman of BRISLA,
Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka, Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain
Dr Zimar Sivardeen, Chairman of BRISLA
Professor Karol Sikora, Dean of the Medical Faculty
University of Buckingham
Ms. Catherine Mcleod MBE, Founder of Equality-based
Community Support and Training (ECSAT)
H.E. Ms. Amari Wijewardene
Outstanding Contribution to Interfaith Award
presented by H.E. Amari Wijewardena Sri Lankan High Commissioner
to the UK to Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala
Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare Award
presented by Professor Karol Sikora to Professor Hilali Noordeen
Local Community Hero of the Year presented by Ms Mei Sim Lim OBE DL,
Representative Deputy Lieutenant for London Borough of Brent
to Mr. Arunasalam Thirukeetheeswaran
Lifetime Achievement Award presented by HRH Princess Katarina
to Mr. Chandra Monerawela
Geoff Miller OBE, Former England player
and first National Selector of the England and Wales Cricket Board
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