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Sri lanka News – Two Sri Lankans, a doctor and a professor, have been named among the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2022, a statement from Sri Lanka’s ministry of said.

This is an annual awards programme that celebrates the achievements of immigrants in Canada.

Professor Janaka Ruwanpura, one of the recipients, is a scholar in construction engineering and an award-winning academic. He is the Vice-provost and Associate Vice-President (Research/international) and Professor of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

He has received many international and regional awards, a statement from foreign ministry said.

A few of the recent awards Ruwanapura has received are the Distinguished Alumni Award (Arizona State University), Life Time Achievement Award from Sri Lanka Foundation (Los Angeles) and City of Calgary’s International Achievement.

Dr Sivakumar Gulasingam, the other recipient, is an award-winning physical medicine and rehabilitation physician attached to University Health Network’s Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and an Assistant Professor of the University of Toronto.

He is a medical graduate from the University of Colombo. Before migrating to Canada, Gulasingam had worked as the lead physician at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Sri Lanka.

He is a national trainer and para-athletics classifier with Athletics Canada, an International Paralympic Committee classifier, and an international trainer for World Para-Athletics and World Para-Dance Sports.

Some of the accolades received by Dr Gulasingam include Michael Gordon Award for Humanism in Medicine from University of Toronto and The Most Outstanding Young Persons of the Year – Humanitarian and Voluntary Services, Junior Chambers International (JCI), Sri Lanka (2004), the statement said. (Colombo/Aug22/2022)

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