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We all know a few retired people who are busier now than when they were not retired. Felix Perera fits that bill perfectly. The retired former power engineer is super busy volunteering in a series of programs and activities.
Felix settled in Winnipeg in 1974 after leaving the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka.
After working at a few businesses, Felix was employed as the chief power engineer by the Manitoba Freshwater Fish Corporation — the huge fish-processing plant in Transcona. He retired in 2009 after 33 years of services.
Felix has always been an active volunteer.
"For the past 33 years, I made volunteering a lifestyle," he said.
Cricket is Felix’s favorite sport and the Manitoba Cricket Association recently awarded a distinguished cricket volunteer plaque to him for 25 years of service. He was recently named a patron for his outstanding volunteer services to the Bloomfield Cricket Club, and he was a founding member of the Manitoba Sri Lankan Association.
Since retiring, Felix has taken on additional volunteering posts. Always keen about heath and wellness, he joined the Wellness Institute. Because of his exemplary commitments to health education, exercise and volunteer services, the Institute appointed him its ambassador for healthy aging. His photo, showing him walking the track, can be found in several promotional brochures and on life-size panels in the Wellness Institute.
For the past eight year, Felix has also been the cricket chairman on the Maples Community Club board of directors.
Felix coaches young cricketers during both summer and winter (indoors, of course)and he and his wife Mary help supervise children free skating during the winter months.
Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples. You can contact him at email@example.com
The Maples community correspondent
Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples.
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