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JHCA Canada Annual Gala Dinner 2015, a grand event
Posted on: 14/05/2015 (Thursday)
JHCA Canada hosted its colourful annual event, the Gala Dinner 2015, on the 2nd May 2015. It was held in the Convention Center, Scarborough. The event started with the Canadian national anthem and school song. Then, a two minutes silence was observed before the formal welcome to the event. Mr.Tharmalingham Sritharan welcomed the gathering to the annual gala dinner.  
Mr.Kathir Subramaniam, the President of JHCA, in his President’s speech detailed the contribution by the OBA to the school and solicited the support for the JHCA events planned in the near future. JHCA will be holding the 125th anniversary celebration of Jaffna Hindu on the 10th and 11th of October 2015. The two full-day event will mostly include Tamil cultural programs. 
Saturday Night Live music group entertained the crowd with English and Hindi songs and the Tamil cine songs sung by Super Singer Juniors 3 contestant Maheesha Baheerathan and Vaishali Krishnananthan were a feast to the ears. Dance in between by the Ryerson Royalty dance troupe provided the treat for the eyes.  
The Chief Guest of the event was Dr.Ponnampalam Balakumar, Research Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center USA. He is the son of Mr.Ponnampalam, former teacher at Jaffna Hindu. In his speech, he said that it was because he was educated at Jaffna Hindu he was able to reach this height in life. He commended the school for what he is today. 
The highlight of the event was the documentary video about Jaffna Hindu. The video presented a compilation of 125 years history of Jaffna Hindu. Also two stamps were released to mark the 125th anniversary of the school.  
In the Gala Dinner, annually two awards, one for the academic excellence and the other for the entrepreneurship, are presented. This year, the Academic Excellence award went to Mr.kasiviswanathan Selvakumar and Mr.Yogeswaran Thiyagarajah received the Entrepreneurship award. 
The masters of ceremony were Mr.Pranavan, an old boy of Jaffna Hindu and a Radio and TV Jockey, and Ms.Vasuki, an old girl of Jaffna Hindu Ladies’ who represented the school basketball team. 
Finally, Mr.Krishnananthan Ratnasingham, on behalf of the organizing committee, thanked everyone for making JHC Annual Gala Dinner 2015-8 a grand success and invited all to enjoy the dinner.
Photos Courtesy:ekuruvi
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