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The inaugural meeting of Old Benedictines domiciled in Vancouver, Canada took place on September 16,1995 and was the culmination of several weeks of prior preparatory work.

The meeting was attended by members and their spouses and the enthusiasm and camaraderie that prevailed was a harbinger of greater happenings to follow. The Bens were quickly off the mark venturing to organize a Dinner Dance in June 1996. The ‘Bens Nite’ proved a tremendous success setting standards in entertainment and organizational finesse hitherto not witnessed by the Sri Lankan diaspora in British Columbia. The funding for this inaugural event was made possible due to the generosity of a member whose loyalty to our alma mater was a shining facet.

Our OBA still maintains the record of being the only Sri Lankan educational institution with an alumni Association in Western Canada. Our membership has recorded satisfactory progress with Bens domiciled in Calgary, Oregon and California too joining our ranks and thereby remaining close to the ‘old school’ across the miles. The destinies of our Association have been ably steered by Franz Lorage, Eric Motha, Oliver Perumal, Ranjit De Vaz and Eugene Motha.

The OBA has positively responded to the clarion calls from College and the OBU in Colombo in connection with various projects that surfaced through the years. It must be recorded that the pride of our OBA was the setting up of a Fund monitored by the OBU in Colombo for the welfare of the elderly Lasallian Brothers; this is our token of appreciation and gratitude to our former mentors and was made possible due to the generosity of our members, OBA’s in Toronto, New York and Sydney and individual Benedictines outside Canada.

It is with regret that we record the demise of Messrs. Kingsley Blake and Douglas Jansen during 2006/2007; they were vintage Bens whose loyalty to Alma Mater was exemplary.

In retrospect we are pleased to report that our OBA is actively working in tandem with alumni around the world in a manifestation of Benedictine solidarity.

Eric Motha



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Sydney Xavier
28/12/2016 08:35
Any college news for December 2016?

Santha Perera
13/06/2016 05:16
It is one year after OUR OWN SHOW. Any plans for the organisers to come out with most looked forward DVD. There seem to be a problem raising funds. DF & WELFARE please advance the money to get this g

Santha Perera
19/04/2016 02:39
Any of the Bens cricketers playing in the U19 zonal tournament?

09/02/2016 00:33
I feel we should keep the billiard table and make alternate arrangements to accommodate same in the club premises for club members use

Virosh Fernando
24/07/2014 06:55
Could we have the agenda of activities for the year 2015, so that the overseas Old Bens could plane out their holidays in Sri Lanka.

Dilshan de Silva
23/12/2013 02:07
Hi, could you please update all pages under construction ?

Virosh Fernando
09/10/2013 04:08
Appreciate if the 2013/14 Cricket fixtures are updated on the website

Santha Perera
01/02/2013 01:31
What about the Prefects investiture for year 2013????

Santha Perera
24/12/2012 12:40
Wishing all Old Bens & their families a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Niroshan Perera
16/10/2012 07:25
Hi, please advise the details about the Annual Dinner Dance - 2012.

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