Arun Abey AM is thespeaker at next Ceylon Society of Australia meeting

Press release

The Ceylon Society of Australia is holding its 3rd General Meeting for 2019 on Sunday 25th August, starting at 6.30 PM. The venue is the Pennant Hills Community Centre, Ramsay Road, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120. (Ramsay Road is off Yarrara Road and the Community Centre is opposite the Pennant Hills Railway Station.) Admission is FREE and interested members of the public are invited.

The CSA fosters, promotes and develops interest in the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka, whose members greatly enjoy participation in these meetings in reasonably modest and intimate surroundings. Its meetings are held quarterly in Sydney, Melbourne and Colombo. While Sydney is home to the parent body that looks after the needs of the society in all of NSW and the ACT, the Melbourne Chapter covers members in Victoria and the Colombo Chapter caters to members and others interested in Sri Lanka.

The guest speaker for the evening is Mr Arun Abey AM who will speak on ‘The migrant experience, with particular reference to the ties between Sri Lanka and Australia’.

Mr Abey will focus on the migration with particular reference to the ties between Sri Lanka and Australia. With half of his formative 16 years in Sri Lanka and the other half in Australia, Arun’s is an inspirational migrant experience. He will elaborate on his background in the land of his birth, his way of life there, and then the different aspects of his life after coming to live here.

Mr Abey will talk on the reality of being a migrant, with the wealth of familiar culture, colour and tradition in one’s homeland, with extended family and customs, and then the juxtaposition of transition to a completely different culture and way of life. The adaptation which is necessary, with the initial difficulties and traumas of adjustment, particularly for a young person, the protective colouration which may be used, the strategies used to gain acceptance, the acquiring of self-confidence and the ability to then move beyond the ‘neither here nor there’ stage to the integration and acceptance as a valued member of the country of adoption. This is a narrative that we can all relate to as migrants ourselves.

It takes courage to make a new life in another country, and to make a success of the transition does need hard work. Arun will tie the two strands of Sri Lanka and Australia together, giving it the meaning of what it is to be a migrant and make a successful transition.

Arun Abey, (B.Ec., B. A. (Hons), HonD Univ ANU, FFin Finsia) is Chairman and Co-founder Walsh Bay Partners as well as Ipac Securities. He also holds the chairmanship of the Advisory Board, ANU College of Business and Economics, the Advisory Board SP Jain Global School of Management and the Abey Family Foundation. He is a Director of The Smith Family and Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee.
After a brief question time period, the usual Social will follow. Those able are requested to kindly bring non-sweet savoury finger food.  Please avoid cakes with icing as the general preferences are for plain cakes, sandwiches and savoury pastries.

As an alternative, a donation to the CSA to help defray costs could be made at the meeting.

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