The Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC) ushered in a new era of leadership as Niroshan Kahawatte was sworn in as the 50th President on Sunday, April 30, 2023, amidst an enthusiastic crowd of over 100 attendees at 910 S Sunset Ave, West Covina, CA.
A renowned former news anchor at Rupavahini TV studios in Sri Lanka, and a successful entrepreneur in Los Angeles, Kahawatte brings a wealth of experience and a fresh vision to the SLAASC. Known for his dedication to cultural advocacy, Niroshan’s commitment to the Sri Lankan American community is deeply rooted.
Under the banner of his parent company, TD Group of Company, Niroshan has diversified interests spanning the film industry, fashion, gold and diamond jewelry, tea, and travel services. His businesses, employing around 250 individuals from different corners of the world, are a testament to his drive and commitment to creating a robust community.
In his inaugural address, Kahawatte articulated a clear vision for the association under his leadership. He voiced his intention to foster unity within the Sri Lankan American community by unifying smaller groups and creating more inclusive, grand scale events that celebrate Sri Lankan culture, such as a unified Sri Lankan New Year celebration.
A powerful moment during his address was his assertion of the SLAASC’s impartiality. Emphasizing the association’s dedication to serve the community, he declared, “We are an organization by the people, for the people. No political affiliation, race, or gender will ever hinder our service to our members or those we aim to support.”
The swearing-in ceremony, attended by a host of dignitaries including Dr. Lalith P. Chandradasa, Sri Lanka Consul General for Western States of USA, and Jayam Rutnam, Founding President, was marked by an air of excitement and optimism. It was indeed a fitting welcome to a leader who, as one attendee put it, “promises to grow and publicize Sri Lankan culture in Southern California.”
As the SLAASC ushers in this new era of leadership, the association and its members are eager to see the fruition of President Kahawatte’s vision. His ascension promises a renewed dedication to community-building, cultural preservation, and the support of all Sri Lankans in Southern California.