Kelaniya alumni Ven. Dr. Sumana Siri played a pioneering role in establishing UKAAC
For more than 10 years University of Kelaniya alumnin Rev. Dr. Sumana Siri who studied for Masters at the University had been trying to set up an alumni association.
The monk who resides in England and visits many countries on Buddhist missionary work usually visits Canada in the summer for a respite from his busy schedule and spent some time compiling a list of the graduates of the university.
Some years ago Kelaniya was invited to compete in the inter-university cricket tournament which is being held annually and it was difficult to find 11 players for the team. The idea to form an association coincided at a meeting with Rev, Dr. Sumana Siri.
To expedite the matter Rev. Dr. Sumana Siri wanted to appoint temporary office bearers. Accordingly Hemachandra Dewamuni was appointed as the President, while Gamini Premachandra and Keerthi Hettiachchige were appointed as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.The first-ever meeting was held at the Brampton Buddhist Mission Centre headed by Ven. V. Pagnasara. The meeting was attended by Gamini Premachandra, Keerthi Hettiachchige, Nishantha Fernando, Hemachandra Dewamuni, Sisira Nambuwasam, Christie Leonard, Sunil Hatharaliyadda, Rohini Jayaratne and Mahen A Mudalige.
For about a year nothing much happened. When Ven. Dr. Sumana Siri returned next summer there was another gathering at Gauge Park in Brampton. The meeting was attended by Gamini Premachandra, Keerthi Hettiachchige, Nishantha Fernando, Hemachandra Dewamuni, Sisira Nambuwasam, Christie Leonard Sunil Hatharaliyadda, Rohini Jayaratne, Gamunu Rathnayake, Nimal Anthony and Ari Uduwakanda
The first-ever get-together was held on November 24, 2012 with a large number of members and their families present.