N U Yapa Memorial Oration was held on 23rd Nov. 2011 at the OPA Auditorium, Stanley Wijesundera Mawata, Colombo 7. The event began with the academic procession by past presidents of the association and present council members who accompanied the orator. It was followed by garlending Mr.Yapa's photograph by his beloved wife, and the President - SLLA.
After a short speech by the President Mr. Amarasiri, Prof Kapila Dahanayake, Professor Emiritus, University of Peradeniya delievered the oration. The topic of his address was Disaster Management in Sri Lanka: need for information dissemination.
Mr. Neil Upali Yapa died on 28 September 2009 after a brief illness. His death at age 65 was untimely and a severe loss to his family, to the professions of information science and librarianship, the SLLA, and to his friends.
SLLA council and membership hosted this first memorial oration with appreciation and gratitude towards the value of his work, dedication, and commitment.
Yesterday's The Island carried an article about him.