Outstanding Sri Lankans Recognised in UK New Year Honours List 2024
January 11, Colombo (LNW): In the recently released New Year Honours List 2024 by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the United Kingdom, three exceptional individuals from Sri Lanka have been acknowledged for their remarkable contributions.
Dr. Anne Doloras Perera, based in St Johns, Auckland, has been honoured for her exceptional services to food science, nutrition, and the community. As a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Dr. Perera expressed humility and honour, reflecting on her 40-plus years of professional and community work in her adopted home.
Athula Cuda Bandara Wanasinghe, JP, is awarded The Queen’s Service Medal for his notable contributions to the Sri Lankan community and cricket. His recognition highlights a significant impact on both community service and the world of cricket.
Mr. Sadun Kithulagoda from Wellington is recognised for his services to the Sri Lankan community. Having played a pivotal role in shaping the expatriate community for over two decades, Kithulagoda has been instrumental in fostering cultural connections and supporting community events. His involvement in various organisations, including the United Sri Lanka Association and the Sri Lankan Dance Academy, has left a lasting impact.
In response to the honour, Mr. Kithulagoda emphasised that the award is not just a personal achievement but a symbolic recognition for everyone who has been part of his journey.
The New Year Honours List for 2024 acknowledges the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK.