University of Peradeniya
AAUP - Colombo Chapter
Toronto (GTA) Chapter
Alumni in Australia
New Zealand Chapter
Members of AAUPOC represent a Sri Lankan fraction of professionals living in and around Ottawa, Canada. The most of our members hold at least one degree offered from the first, world recognized university – University of Peradeniya - of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. They have been graduated with diverse areas of specialties varying from the Arts, Social Sciences, Pure Sciences, Agricultural Science, Vet/ Dental/ Medical Sciences to Engineering. Thus AAUPOC has an enormous capacity and exhibits a cross section of intellectual citizens of Ottawa and its suburb regions.
We have also been proud to include four different generations (though unfortunately no members from Greatest Generation) that are socio-culturally and economically significant in past as well as modern world namely starting from ‘Silent Generation’, ‘Baby Boomers’, ‘Baby Busters’ (or Generation X) up to Net generation (Generation Y or Millennium Generation). We hope that sooner or later Generation Z (Digital Natives) also will join us. This wide range of generations which form the structure of AAUPOC helps generate the wisdom of gratitude and ‘unity within diversity’ for social justice.
It is apparent that our alumni are leaders of Ottawa community by many means. They serve in highly respectable and undeniably responsible positions in public, private and NGO sectors in Canada in general and Ottawa in particular. Some of these institutions are Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, BMT Fleet Technology, National Research Council, Atomic Canada, University of Ottawa etc. We, the first ever Canadian alumni organization of the University of Peradeniya, hence enrich Ottawa community with Scientists, Economists, Medical Professionals, Engineers, Business Professionals, Technologists, Administrators, Technocrats and many other active social elements.
Our main objectives are, in nut shell, to pay the gratitude to our loving academy, University of Peradeniya by providing all possible assistance and to help improve socio-economic standards of our alumni by opening legitimately possible avenues for them. Doing so is greatly regulated by well defined ethical, financial and administrative codes incorporated in carefully documented alumni constitution. We rely on voluntary contributions to the association and its projects rather than loading a weight on our members by means of heavy membership fee. We believe on generating funds through collective cooperative actions for feasible and viable projects within our limitations. We encourage our alumni members, their families and non alumni backers to bring about their creative proposals and positive criticisms for pushing us forward to achieve our goals under set norms and objectives agreed upon.
AAUPOC is willing to help and work together with any similar chapters in else where within and out side Canada. We, the executive committee of AAUPOC welcome anybody living in Canada should he or she wants to be a member of our association. However, it is our policy and right to scrutinize the eligibility of such applicant if required prior to offering our prestigious membership. Our strength is transparency and accountability. Our thrust is social and educational justice. We believe ‘we have a journey.’