Guidance For Higher Studies For Highschool Students - 2015

The annual Guidance For Higher Studies workshops for High School Students organized by the Association of Sri Lankan Graduates of Canada(ASGC) in partnership with the York Region Distric School Board(YRDSB), Canadian Tamil Alumni Association(CTAA), Candian Tamil Medical Assocation(CTMA) and the Sri Lankan Accountants Association(SAAC) was held on Saturday December 5th, 2015 to promote higher education among Tamil youths. This extremely useful event for high school students and their parents were conducted from 10 am till 4 pm at Middlefield Collegiate Institute. This workshop as designed to serve as a forum for dissemintation of information, exchange of ideas, and sharing of academic professional experiences. The moderators and the panelist are selected on the basis of their success in their chosen profession and their ability to relate to youth. As usual, ASGC conducted the event free of charge and provided free lunch to about 250 students and parents who attended the workshop.

The plenary session of the workshop started with the welcome speech by the ASGC President Mr.Pon Balendaran. Following the welcome speech, Mr. Cecil Roach, Superintendent of Education spoke about the significance of the workshop and thanked ASGC for organizing this as an annual event. This was followed by an inspirational keynote address by Dr. Raj Rasasingham, Dept of Psychaitry, University of Toronto.

Ms. Suganja Sinnathamby explained the format of the workshop and said that two sessions, once in the morning and other in the afternoon would cover fields of study : Health & Life Sciences, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Creative Industries & Humanities and Social & Business Studies. Each field of study would be addressed by 6 or 7 guest speakers., chosen on the basis of their academic and professional success. The students who be able to ask questions and the discussions would take place in an informal and friendly atmosphere. She also mentioned that the parents would have a separate session to deal with the issues specific to parents. Mr. Prasana Balachandran and Mr. Thiva Kulasingam briefly introduced all the presents to the audience.

Compiled by Dr. V. Manivannan
Executive Director
Association Of Srilankan Graduates Of Canada