Asoka Weerasinghe

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Asoka Weerasinghe
Born Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Canada Canadian
Education Nalanda College Colombo
Known for former Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Canada

Asoka Weerasinghe, born in Sri Lanka, was a former Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Canada and an activist in Canada.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Asoka was educated at Nalanda College Colombo, Sri Lanka. Henry Jayasena was one of Asoka's contemporaries at Nalanda.[3][4][5]


He is an award winning poet and his poetry has been published in many literary magazines in the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Germany and many countries. Few of the many poetry awards he won are Welsh University Eisteddfod Poetry Award, Sri Lanka State Literary Award (1995 for My Roots), Manifold Award and City of Ottawa’s Appreciation Award for Arts and Culture in 2003. His poem "Trail of Mankind" was adopted as the storyline for Canada’s National Museum of Man’s Orientation Hall in Ottawa 1972. Books written by him were shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman and Lampman-Scott Award as well.[6]

By profession he is a Geologist, Paleontology and Museology and also one time Curator of the Ottawa Museum in Canada.[7]

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