Message from our District Director DTM Sudash Liyanage about our very own DTM Vasanthan.
“A great friend I met thanks to toastmasters has departed us today. He was a true friend and toastmaster who truly lived ‘friends helping friends’.
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Vasanthan Kanagaratnam (1244428) joined toastmasters on the 01st of October 2008. He soon became an asset to the toastmasters’ fraternity of Sri Lanka and India, District 82 and Toastmasters international, where he stepped beyond club activity by becoming an Area Governor, Assist. Division Governor, Division Governor, -Division J, Ambassador for Revitalized Education Program, a Club Coach, Judge, Chief Judge, Facilitator, Trainer, Mentor and Sponsor.
He was a practical man who stood firm to get the right thing done and was able to walk the talk. I remember the time he became a member of Jaffna Toastmasters Club when they were struggling and took charge as the president and put his heart and soul to revive it to be a distinguished club by even giving his educational credits. He visited many ailing clubs and always availed himself to help a member or club just over a phone call for anything related to toastmasters.
DTM Vasanthan was a tough character was not afraid to articulate his views and lived with his unshaken principles. Yet, he was humble enough to change when he was convinced otherwise. Spontaneous to get himself corrected with right advice and I still remember a day when he walked into my office to quit membership, shaken over a toastmaster issue. He then realized to take out the Banker in him at toastmasters, after retirement from HNB he wanted me to be his mentor to learn the art of becoming calm when in troubled waters. Undoubtedly he was another toastmaster who lived with true Toastmaster values and leaves a lasting legacy and fond memories behind to many a toastmaster.
I cannot forget the times he spent as a member in my home club Bcis Toastmasters, where he was a great evaluator after the day’s general evaluator that helped us be better in every forthcoming meeting.
Let’s join with the family to pay our last respects and pray for our beloved member Vasanthan and may solace come to his soul.”