Kwantlen Alumni Association Directors Elected with Two New Faces

Wed, Dec 21, 2011

 Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Alumni Association (KPUAA) reappoints Kristan Ash as chair of the association along with two new directors, Sarb Lalli and Ayanthi Samarasinghe. The new directors join returning board members Stuart Chase, vice chair; Baltej Dhillon, past chair and directors Sandra Hoffman and Nicholas Pavlich in serving the association.

Ash is one of the founding members of the association and also serves on the University's Board of Governors. She currently holds the position of director of operations for Helping Hands Rehabilitation Services Inc. and prior she was vice president of franchise and business development for Nurse Next Door Home Healthcare. Ash is active in her community through her involvement with the KPUAA, as a volunteer and advocate for JDRF and director with Jumpkick Foundation. Ash holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Kwantlen and is currently working towards a Master's in Business Administration.

Lalli is a firefighter with the Surrey Fire Services and proud to be the newest member of the Kwantlen Alumni Board of Directors. Lalli graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership; he believes that it is a privilege and an honour to give back to the school that provided him with a solid foundation and lifelong skills in attaining his accomplishments.

Samarasinghe attended Kwantlen as an international student and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership. After graduating, Samarasinghe returned to Sri Lanka where she continued her career in banking before joining HSBC in 2007. Samarasinghe has been active in a number of community and volunteer organizations in Sri Lanka and Richmond, BC; she is a past Chairperson of the Finance and Administration Committee advising to the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka, a past National Council member of the Association, a Charter Member of Zonta Club III of Colombo, founder and past Chairperson of the mentorship program, Zonta Women of Tomorrow, has volunteered at the Richmond Multicultural Concern Society and the Richmond Alcohol and Drug Action Team. Samarasinghe looks forward to giving back and serving her University.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Alumni Association is dedicated to supporting the continued success of Kwantlen alumni by providing them with valuable programs and initiatives, and aims to raise awareness about the value of higher education and make a positive impact on society locally and beyond. For more information on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Alumni Association's Board of Directors, visit:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for more than 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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