GPA with Int. Ass. of Parliamentarians for Peace, Canada Chapter


 GPA President Dr. R.B Herath speaking at the Universal Peace Federation Vancuover chapter on sunday, Oct 29th, 2017










GLOBAL PEACE ALLIANCE SURREY SOCIETY (GPA) celebrated the 2016 International Day of Peace with its first, annual ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE SURREY FESTIVAL’ on Saturday, September 24th. It was the first time a peace-themed multicultural event of global significance of this importance was held in the City of Surrey or anywhere else in British Columbia or Canada. There were live performances by a record number of varied cultural groups from around the world: Aboriginal, Mexican, Sri Lankan, Indian, Vietnamese, Scottish, Tibetan, Japanese, Arabic, Ukrainian, African, Greek, Filipino, and more. The turnout was tremendous. Lots of fun for both young and old. Contact details for more information: Tel: 604.583.6767, Email:, 

You can see photos of the event by clicking on the link Also you can watch the full celebration video on Youtube at

Come celeberate the International Day of Peace 2016 with live music, songs, dances ad peace talks!
Live performances from Aboriginal, African, Mexican (Mayan), European (Scottish, Greek, Ukrainian), South Asian (Indian, Sri Lankan), Southeast Asian (Vietnamese, Filipino), Far Eastern (Chinese) & other cultural groups! 


Come and join us on this day for an afternoon of celebrations and give peace a chance. Admission is FREE!


Dear GPA Members, Friends and Well Wishers,
Happy New Year to all of you.
We are well on our way into this new-year, and Global Peace Alliance (GPA) is getting ready for its second Annual General Meeting (AGM).
WHEN: Sunday, February 21st, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Newton Library (13795 – 70 Ave., Surrey BC V3W 0E1, Tel: 604.598.7300).
Come and hear what GPA has accomplished in the last year and our plans for the upcoming year. Bring your family and friends and tell us how you are working for peace locally! Nominations for Board and Staff members are also being currently accepted so contact us today.
There will also be a guest speaker who will talk about a relevant issue. The speaker will be announced soon.
Looking forward to seeing you there! RB



  1. 16 September 2013, 12:00 - 2:00 P.m: Press conference called to announce the inauguration of a new peace initiative in Surrey.
  2. 21 September 2013, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Book Launch (A New Beginning for Humankind by RB) at City Central Library, Surrey, BC
  3. 28 September 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Inauguration of a new peace club at Surrey Central Public Library, Surrey, BC

Photographs taken at all these three events appear on other pages of the website. For more details, please contact RB by email at or by telephone at 604.583.6767   



R.B.'s interview with iUniverse Radio





RB speaks at Kwantlen University, Surrey Campus, Surrey, BC


Dr. R. B. Herath speaking on world peace and his book on the subject, A New
Beginning for Humankind, at Kwantlen University, Surrey on April 4, 2013


RB at Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus, Surrey, BC

RB gave a speech on current challenges to world peace and how to overcome them at the Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus, as part of the first ‘Community Summit of Surrey’ discussions on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

RB Convenes a special meeting to begin planning a new global peace movement in Surrey, BC, Canada

RB convened the first meeting of local community leaders interested in a global peace movement in Surrey. It was held at the Baobab Inclusive Empowerment Society Board Room on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. At the end of a detailed discussion, the attendees agreed to hold the first public workshop of the intended peace club at the Surrey Central Public Library on Saturday, September 28th, 2013. The two photos below show some of the participants of this historic May 15th meeting.
From L to R: Charlotte Ndikuriyo (Baobab), Connie Waterman (Surrey Interfaith),
David Dalley, (Surrey Interfaith), Dr. Chris Eigbike (Western Institute for Social
Research), and Hemamala Herath (RB’s wife)
From L to R: Mohammed Alam (Social worker & Human Rights activist, Surrey),
Comfort Ero (African Stages), Felix Kongyuy (Baobab), Charlotte Ndikuriyo
(Baobab), and Connie Waterman (Surrey Interfaith)


iUniverse launched a website to promote R.B.'s newest book!


iUniverse website



R.B.'s interview with iUniverse Radio





Visit to Birken Forest Monastery in July 2011


Dr. R. B. Herath, family (wife, daughter Anoja & granddaughter Chantal) & friends (Kirthi Senarathne, Bandula & wife, and Dharmasiri & family) with Venerable Ajahn Sona and Sister Mon at the monastery



Visit to Kandy in July 2010


Dr. R. B. Herath & wife offering Atapirikara to The Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera, the Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter, Sri Lanka, during their visit to Sri Lanka in July 2010. 


Dr. R. B. Herath as a Member of the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform , British Columbia , Canada


Dr. Herath was appointed to the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reforms in British Columbia, Canada, in November 2003. The Citizens Assembly consisted of two members from each of the 79 electoral districts in British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Herath joined the Assembly from the electoral district of Surrey-Newton, British Columbia.

By means of the Citizens' Assembly, the government of British Columbia (BC) gave its citizens the power to take control of its electoral reform process and make a final decision, bypassing the BC legislature. This was the first time the citizens were empowered to reshape the electoral governing system of a democracy anywhere in the world. The Citizens' Assembly first studied the different electoral systems used throughout world democracies, held public hearings to listen to British Columbians' views on the subject, and recommended a new electoral system for BC. Later, all British Columbians took part in making a final decision on the recommended new electoral system through a referendum. A second referendum on the subject is due in 2009.

Dr. Herath's new book (2007), Real Power to the People: A Novel Approach to Electoral Reform in British Columbia, describes this unique experiment in democracy that took place in BC, and draws attention to five important lessons to be drawn from this first time application of the new approach to electoral reform and its worldwide applicability. More information about the Citizens' Assembly is available at

Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform in session, 10 January 2004
Dr. R. B. Herath and two other Citizens Assembly Members chatting with the Hon. Jacques Saada, federal Minister responsible for Democratic Reform and Leader of the government in the House of Commons, Canada, and Mr. Matthew Mendelsohn, Deputy Minister for Democratic Renewal representing the government of Ontario, who came to observe the Assembly proceedings on March 20, 2004.

Some participants at the public hearing held on June 5, 2004 at Sechelt, Brtish Columbia

Dr. Herath is seeking further clarification on an electoral reform proposal made by a presenter at the Sechelt public hearing

Dr. Herath is giving a special presentation on the Citizens Assembly at the Surrey City Hall on April 28, 2004. This is one of a series of presentations he made to generate interest among the public on the Citizens Assembly public hearings

Three Members of the Citizens Assembly with the Board of Directors of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce, after Dr. Herath's presentation to the Chambers on April 27, 2004

Dr. Herath opening the Citizens Assembly public hearing at Sheraton Hotel, Guildford, on May 31, 2004

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Sri Lankan Book Promotion Tour - (Click here for more details)

Dates: 5th May - 20th June, 2003

R. B. Herath visited Sri Lanka in early May 2003 on a book promotion tour. He was accompanied by his wife, Hemamali, and youngest daughter, Lucky.

Dr. Herath and wife with The Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera, the Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter, Sri Lanka, during their visit to Sri Lanka in 2003


2003 Sinhale-Tamil New Year Celebration

The celebration took place at the Fleetwood Community Centre, Surrey British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, 26 April 2003. The event was organized by the Sri Lankan Friendship Association of British Columbia on Saturday, 26 April 2003.

Dr. Herath giving his speech at the New Year Celebration


Book Launching Ceremony

Some of the newspapers that carried news items/photos on the 15 December 2002 book launching ceremony where R. B. Herath presented his new book, Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis: Towards a Resolution:


  • The Sunday Leader, Sri Lanka (23 February 2003)
  • The Island, Sri Lanka (2 January 2003)
  • Sri Lankan Reporter, Canada (January 2003 edition, p53)
  • The Link Newspaper, Canada (28 December 2002, pA7)
  • Indo Canadian Voice, Canada (28 December 2002, p8 & 11)
  • The Asian Express, Canada (26 December, 2002, p7)

Group of Sri Lankans belonging to all major ethnic groups in Sri Lanka lighting a traditional oil lamp

Gurmant Grewal, MP for Surrey Central, speaking at the book launching ceremony


Book Reading in Sinhalese in Canadian National Book Fair, 2002

Date: Sunday, 29 September 2002.

R.B. reading from the book of poems he wrote in 1979. The two Buddhist monks who attended the event are seen seated on the front row, Ven. Kumbalgoda Siriniwasa Thero and Ven. Mirisse Dhammika Thero.

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