The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa commenced work on the first day of the year with a special programme with High Commissioner to Canada, Asoka Girihagama hoisting the national flag followed by the singing of the national anthem. Thereafter, two minutes of silence was observed to commemorate war heroes and others who had sacrificed their lives on behalf of their motherland. The staff of the High Commission took the ‘Oath of Public Servants’ by pledging to work with efficiency and productivity throughout the year 2020.
High Commissioner Girihagama commenced his address by extending his best wishes for the new year and underscored the importance of adhering to the oath of the public servants. While thanking the staff for the work and events that were successfully carried out in 2019, he called on the staff to continue with achieving the desired outcome in keeping with the Government’s vision to increase productivity and economic empowerment.
The event concluded with partaking of milk rice and other traditional Sri Lankan sweetmeats.