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Annual Christmas Party (2017)

2017 Annual Christmas Party-December 2nd - Event recap and photos

On Saturday December 2nd, 2017 the evening light began to fade, and the early winter winds gently rustled the leaves on the trees around the chalet at Simeon Park. A group of old and young Thomians gathered around the warmth of the centrally located fire place to share some festive eats and a drink or two.

The 2017 Annual Christmas party got under way around 7pm, members, family and friends trickled in as the evenings events began. To get everyone into the mood music maestro Daya Ginige had all the Christmas classics playing on the jukebox. One man band Rollinson Ferdinandez set up quickly and took over the evening’s entertainment, often accompanied by all the usual singers. On this night we were lucky to have on the open mike, the likes of Gihan, Rasitha, Shanaka, Kumaru and the very special vocal stylings of Robin Mendis.

Kids under 12 were occupied by games and crafts until Santa made an appearance. Story time with Mrs. Clause (Sepa) was a big hit again this year.  After a few attempts at the snowman shaped piñata one good hit sent the kids into a frenzy chasing after candy and toys strewn on the floor.

Dinner preparation began around 8.30pm and the endless line for hoppers lasted deep into the evening. Delicious Egg, milk and plain hoppers accompanied by the various sambols and mutton curry were a huge hit with everyone. The evening wrapped up around midnight, with best wishes to all for the upcoming Christmas and holiday season.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:58)


Introducing your 25th Anniversary Executive Committee

Dear Members,

Thank you for attending the 2017 AGM held on Oct 28th. We had an enthusiastic gathering of old and young Thomians participate in this historical appointing of the Executive Committee that will carry us into our 25th year. Among the gathering were many members from the inaugural Executive Committee, namely Wimsy, Chico, Shantha, Malik, and Naomal. Gentleman, I would like to thank you, along with Eksath for your efforts 25 years ago for starting the STCOBA Canada. The OBA that is now highly respected among all OBA's  around the world due to the quality of our members and the way we conduct our selves not only as a group but also as individuals.

Congratulations to our 2017/2018 Executive Committee, Wishing you all the success in creating the most memorable anniversary year.

Seated L to R:

​Treasurer: Ram Thirugnanam
Vice President: Sumith Samarasinghe
President: Jehan Ahamed
Secretary: Rajit Kadirgamar
Past President: Thamal Perera

Standing L to R:

Committee: Prasad Jinasena
Asst. Sports Secretary: Gamini Kumarage
Committee: Malik Candappa
Committee: Riyaz Rauf
Asst. Treasurer: Trevor Fernando
Social Secretary: Dulsri Weerasinghe
Asst. Social Secretary: Varuna Indraratne
Asst. Secretary: Priyanthan Gopalapillai
Committee: Daya Ginige
Sports Secretary: Sachithananthan Suresan (Absent)

Webmaster: Sathish Gnanakumar

The new Executive Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing committee (Thamal Perera, Balen Rajanathan, Rajit Kadirgamar, Mark Daswani, Sachithananthan Suresan, Jehan Ahamed, Sathish Gnanakumar, Varuna Indraratne, Vishan De Mel, Priyanthan Gopalapillai, Ashok Senadeera, Shantha Jayesekera, Sumith Samarasingha, D.R Weerasinghe,Trevor Fernando) for an outstanding year of events, The bar was elevated by the 2016/2017 committee setting the stage for an even grander year.

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Last Updated (Monday, 13 November 2017 10:34)


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Annual Dinner Dance 2017

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The curtains fell on the 2017 Swirl, Sip & Savour Dinner Dance early Sunday morning at the Warehouse in Downsview. After many months of planning, preparation, deliberation and negotiations with vendors, sponsors, advertisers and well-wishers this Gala Event came to its natural conclusion in spectacular fashion. Fashion and class displayed in volumes, the ladies all decked out ready for the runways of Paris ​​ ​and the Gents sporting their best suits, and of course their college ties and lapel pins.

​Every detail seemed to be meticulously planned to enrich and enhance the theme of the event “Wine Tasting”. The table center pieces​, ​lighting, backdrops and right down to the use of a cork to hold the place card was simply brilliant.

Enter the cocktail lounge to find yourself surrounded by wine connoisseurs, all enjoying the unlimited sampling of four of the best on offer by Joseph's Estate Wines, the main theme sponsor.

Two reds and two whites took a beating during the Swirl, Sip and Savor hour. Many a refined palate took in the range from medium bodied to honey fruited and delicately flavored wines.  The tasting was complimented by sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, carefully planned to assist in the wine tasting experience and beautifully presented by Chef’s Krishan and Merlyn.

Opening ceremonies were next, Emcee Rohan Mendis gathered all the Thomians to the center of the dance floor​, and led us in the singing of the college song, while our esteemed Past President Chico Guneratne unfurled and hoisted our proud colors. For many of us watching, this evoked so many memories of the “school by the sea” we had called home during our formative years. Emcee Rohan then called for a two-minute silence to remember our fallen comrades paying special tribute to Sri Rangan who we lost last December.

President Thamal Perera then took the mic to welcome all those in attendance, ​thank the vendors, sponsors and well-wishers. He made special mention of the Dance Committee led by Ashok Senadeera, who’s vision and leadership resulted in this spectacular event.

Grace was said by our very first President and founding member Wimsy Sinnatamby. He gave thanks to "All we have and are". He also reminded us that the STC OBA Canada has let the echo ring loudly for the past 24 years. Soon after the opening ceremonies it was time for dinner and the dinner time show with Rohan and Robin Mendis. ​The duo performed a variety of classics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to keep us entertained during the four-course extravaganza created by Krishan and Merlyn.

While the crowd was enjoying their delicious dessert, it was time for the door prizes to be drawn. ​In keeping with the Thomian tradition of class and value these prizes ranged from gift baskets to spa certificates and fine watches, totaling 14 Door Prizes drawn by a few of our special sponsors. Before you knew it, it was time for what everyone came for. Dancing to our favorite tunes from the Motown, Disco and rock n roll era. slowly building on speed and tempo. Next up we enjoyed the variety of Matrix for their first set.

​The battle of the bands kept the dance floor packed all the way to midnight. At this time, the dessert table was open for business ​and it was time for the all-important raffle draw! Many a lucky guest walked away with some great wine related gift packs including the top prize of a VIP Luxury Wine Tour for 12 persons at Karlo Estate and getaways valued over $2500. After a quick impromptu dance-off among the ladies hosted by Emcee Rohan and a few games of name that tune and guess the movie, ​it was back to Jit, Jive and Jig on the dance floor until the curtain call at 1.30am. Once again Emcee Rohan led the last men standing in a rousing rendition of Esto Perpertua to bring this memorable night to a fitting conclusion.


A big thank you to the dance committee who spent the better part of the last six months planning this event.

Ashok Senadeera (Chairman), Trevor Fernando, Priyanthan Gopalapilai, Varuna Indraratne, Thamal Perera, Sumith Samarasinghe, Balen Rajanathan, Mark Daswani, and Rajit Kadirgamar

Last Updated (Monday, 12 June 2017 11:20)

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