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February 4, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


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Virtual: This is Ashland – Raise your flag! Celebrate Sri Lanka

Saturday, February 4, 2023

We are pleased to be partnering with Ashland Is United for this important discussion! Join us for a conversation with Chitral de Mel and learn about Sri Lanka on its independence day, its flag, people, history, and culture.

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About Chitral: 

Chitral is originally from Sri Lanka and has been in the United States since 1989 with his wife Vyonni.  Chitral has received a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA and a Master of Science degree from the Clarion University in PA.  He has completed a Diploma: Leadership and Non-Profit management at Boston University.  Chitral was ordained as a Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in 2004.  Presently he serves as the Rector at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Dedham, MA. 

Chitral was a civil rights lawyer in Sri Lanka from 1984 to 1989 specializing on Human Rights.  He had worked with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Massachusetts and detained immigrants in New England prisons as an Advocate and an Immigration Consultant from 1998 to 2004.  

He was the first President of the Sri Lanka Association of New England (SLANE) that was started in 1998. He is also the founder of the Boston Lanka Media, the premier Sri Lankan Media Network in USA.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and in partnership with Ashland Is United

Ashland Is United (AIU) aims to build and strengthen bridges where they don’t yet exist by educating and exposing people to new information and ideas. Learning from each other promotes true inclusivity in our community. The flag project titled “This is Ashland – Raise your Flag” recognizes and celebrates Ashland’s evolving demographic landscape.

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