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Western Australian Old Bens look to future From Max Gerreyn
AlumniOld Benedictines living in Western Australia met recently at the spacious Scarborough Civic Centre - thanks to the great efforts by Ken Jansen and his lovely wife Anne who, once again, spared no pains in making it a memorable occasion.

The proceedings commenced with a prayer and quiet reflection of all Benedictines past and present their teachers and their families.

This was followed by a short discussion, led by Saliya Goonewardene, on the importance of building a Benedictine community in Western Australia.

Saliya referred to the great strides taken by Old Bens in Victoria and New South Wales in forming Old Benedictine communities and suggested that their achievements should inspire those gathered to bringing the Western Australian Old Bens together as a formal group. He said that when the Western Australia Old Bens first met in November 2003 there were 24 Old Bens living in Perth. Their numbers have now increased.

Following further discussions a six-strong group comprising Hillarion Caspersz, Terrence Paranawitane, Gerard Gnanaselvam, Max Gerreyn, Ken Jansen and Saliya Goonewardene was assembled to take this idea forward. Old Bens present were also urged to take a more proactive role in the organisation of common interests thus sharing the burden of supporting the various activities of interest that are essential to the success of a "Benedictine" group.

Saliya welcomed the attendance of Manel Wickremesinghe, wife of the late Elmo Wickremesinghe, at the gathering. He said that Elmo, who had made a significant contribution to the Old Boys Union in Colombo and had passed away suddenly in February 2007, was the man behind the printing of the Benedictine Memoirs.

Saliya also announced the death of Trevine Caspersz, an Old Ben in Western Australia, and offered the sympathies of those gathered to his wife, Dawn, and the family.

A sumptuous dinner of string hoppers, kothu roti and a variety of other mouth-watering curries made the event memorable and the wives of the Old Bens present were also clearly in evidence in providing the dessert.

Dinner was followed by music for dancing at which a few Old Bens showed their skills in tripping the light fantastic and was interspersed with interesting games of "passing the parcel" organised by Ken. He also paid respect to the oldest Old Boy in Western Australia - Elmo Livera - with a special gift.

Click Here: Photos from the meeting
 Posted by webmaster on October 15 2007 06:58:00 1 Comments 2135 Reads Print
dougjay on October 15 2007 19:27:34
Congratulations to our boys out West! Tidings of good things to come in Western Australia. The much-awaited harbinger of the newest Old Boys Association outside Colombo! It will happen sooner than we think, I am sure.
Congratulations to all Old Bens from WA, especially anchormen Salia Goonewardene, Ken Jansen & Max Garreyn for their pioneering effort. Bring it on boys!
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