Goan Community in Toronto enjoyed a year and a season others
abroad can only dream about.
December 25 we awoke to a white Christmas with just enough
snow to clear the driveway with ease, build a snowman, and
go about entertaining relatives and friends in the time
year-end is also a time to count one's blessings:
Goans here can count ourselves among the 44% of Canadians
who express satisfaction living here -the highest rating
in the western world.
had Youth Day 2002 and were relieved to see the Holy Father
make it down from the steps of the plane and inspire us
all with his presence, despite the foreboding of pundits
who questioned his strength.
of us are glad we made it here over the past 30 years.
The immigration laws for emigrating here are much tougher
now. The new laws stress on academic achievement, years
of specialized skills,and a job-in-waiting - few of us
including our PM would qualify for if we had to do so
now. However,it is still relatively easy to qualify to
emigrate to Canada.
the above, Canada with it's birth rate of less than 1.5%,
is heavily dependent on admitting 300,000 immigrants a
year to sustain our lifestyle. Hopefully many of these
will be our folks from Goa and the Gulf to inject new
blood into our own community here. For those of us successfully
settled here, we can do more to make the new arrivals
feel welcome here.
a lighter note we have enjoyed a wealth of material comforts.
Goan delights such as sausages, sorpotel, and Christmas
treats were readily available for the early birds. Suppliers
were swamped with orders and sold out well before Christmas
who had been good were rewarded with bottles of the celebrated
Kingfisher beer from India, and Kenya's famous Tusker
lager. Goa Fenny is in the works next year for those who
promise to be exceptionally nice.
Goan Community here has a reputation of knowing how to
have fun at social events, particularly the New Year's
Bash. This year is no exception, and events hosted by
the Goan Overseas Association and the Gulf Goan are expected
to draw full houses.
' Wish List '
compiled by Goan Voice Canada from listening to well-known
Goan community leaders include the following:
'just for once' the leaders of the main community groups
come down and meet for a 'face to face' talk to establish
'rules of the road' and other agreements so that collectively
we can achieve more for our community.
very successfully organized social events and casino trips.
We need to use these good organizational skills to do
more to advance the common good.
we display more empathy coupled with tangible action for
our folks and institutions in Goa.
we acknowledge and commend those working for our community
groups (especially our youth).
A Happy New Year to All Our Readers
imaginative and high-sounding titles have been bestowed
on Goa over the centuries. Let us add here on of our own:
Goa Centre for Celebrations. Down here on the west coast
of India, the year is about to ring out after having thrown
up a innumerable celebrations, religious or otherwise. Perhaps
I am repeating when I say that people have been coming here
not only attracted by the beauty of our land but for a lot
of other good, bad and even ugly reasons.
Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee will arrive here soon, to
have a good rest at a South Goa resort. North Goa seems
to be at the losing end, at least where celebrities are
concerned, since the advent of the "River Princess".
Anyway, one wonders whether the year-end in Goa is fine
enough time for such a thing. His deputy, Advani, will be
here too. The Goa cops are already hard put to contain the
threat that the Al-Qaeda terrorists have infiltrated Goa
to bomb the Israelis who descend on Anjuna and other beaches
for the New Year celebrations.
round of rave parties has already begun and the cops are
said to be on the lookout to stop them. But who can see
in the dark? Definitely not the cops, who can't even see
crime in broad daylight. Despite these eternal handicaps
they are now burdened with watching Goa's rough, serpentine
roads to see that no harm comes to the national leaders,
who would be here to rest for a couple of days or more.
terrorist bit has already terrorized the tourists, who would
have been here in several thousands otherwise. The visitors
appear to be much less in number than they once used to
be at this festive time of the year in Goa.
December and several Goan NRIs return for a holiday to the
land of their forefathers. You find them all over the place
visiting relatives, friends and acquaintances,
sampling the "natalamcho kunsvar" (Christmas sweets),
purchasing "cheurisam" at the Mapusa Friday Market
being virtually at all odd places. One wonders, however,
how many of them will find some time and would be inclined
to attend the Convention organised by the NRI Felicitation
Centre on November 29.
we haven't done with celebrations yet. At Goacom, we were
involved in a grand occasion of our very own with Marlon
Menezes, director of Goacom Insys, taking as his life-partner
lovely Aldila Lobo. The nuptials took place at the Bambolim
Cross at 5.30 pm on December 27, with Fr Athaide, Fr Ronnie
D'Souza and Fr Archie Fernandes being the celebrants at
relationship with mankind is depicted, in the Old Testament,
in matrimonial language," intoned the suave priest
in his brief homily, which lauded Marlon and Aldila for
the crucial step they have taken. Later, at the green and
profusely decorated lawns of Cidade de Goa, many gathered
enthusiastically to shower the happy newly weds with red
rose petals and confetti
the youngsters blew bubbles
gloriously, while the sea clapped consistently, rhythmically
on the sands that lace the Cidade lawns.
Dias, the toast mistress, sang some virtues of Marlon and
Aldila and their parents too, before going on to caution
the special man and his wife: "If somebody tells you
that there is a perfect marriage, don't believe them; it's
a myth." She added, "A marriage has to be nurtured
and sustained in love and understanding," and felt
that the intelligent and well-qualified couple possessed
it in plenty. Mrs Dias quoted Aldila, "Marlon is the
rugged type of hiking and biking man and I am a city girl.
Ever since we have known each other, we have found great
joy in doing the things that each other likes."
really given much to formality, Marlon miked
joked: "I had a fancy speech prepared and I left it
at the church," and thanked one and all for making
the wedding day such an august occasion. Aldila also had
her own say: "Where would we be without friends, who
were instrumental in bringing us together, and have great
pains, some crossing oceans and others just with the efforts
they put in, to be here today?" Aldila mentioned in
a special way Ariosto and Vivian Coelho, who she said were
"very instrumental" to bring Marlon and her together.
the favourite announcer of FM listeners in Goa, conducted
the function in his usually, very engaging manner. Archies,
with Santa Claus caps, provided melodious music, fitting
Till then, and wish that the NEW YEAR 2003 ushers
in a heavy load of happiness, peace and prosperity to each
one of us in humankind
In the Goan
Voice UK [Selected
excerpts from GoaNet-UK]
the Goan Voice UK
Abreu, our Goan Voice rep in Goa has been working hammer
and tongs to get the website ready in time for the launch
which took place on Liberation Day, Thursday, 19 Dec. Check
it out www.goanvoice.org.uk.
A classified ads section will be added soon. The list of
UK Goan Associations needs to be more comprehensive - please
send in errors and omissions and include e-mail addresses
and websites where possible. Events are listed a full year
ahead. The What's New section on the Home page will be used
to publicise any urgent news item. Please send your comments
16 Dec. Maclean's (Canada). Immigrants how many is too many?
Extract: A week after he arrived in Halifax by himself with
a single suitcase and $50, Jerry Braganza had a job with
a local travel agency. Nearly 30 years later, he owns his
own agency, employs five people and generates $3million
in annual sales. He was a Ugandan refugee of Indian descent
in a British camp when Canadian officials interviewed him.
And although Braganza was lonely at first, he and his wife
Rita now have a lively circle of friends. "It was difficult
but I had to get used to it," he says. "I had
no other place to go." Photographs of Braganza with
staff at his Aero World Travels agency in Halifax, and in
GoanVoice-UK@goanvoice.org.uk: The Stage 12 Dec. Salman
Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children has been adapted by
the Royal Shakespeare Company and runs at the Barbican Theatre
from Jan. 18-Feb. 23. After that, the production tours to
Aberdeen, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bath, Leeds, Milton Keynes,
Norwich and Salford. The cast includes Tania Rodrigues and
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge presented a concert
directed by Dr Richard Marlow at the Church of Assisi at
Old Goa. Among the several compositions they presented,
the hymn in Konkani which received huge applause from the
audience. Times of India 17 Dec. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/xml/comp/articleshow?artid=31509079
has expressed concern to India about the possibility of
a terror attack in Goa during the New Year's Eve celebrations
in which thousands of Israelis are expected to participate,
official sources said. Indian Express 17 Dec. http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=17742#compstory
Goan Voice UK (formerly Goanet-UK)
Editor: Eddie Fernandes
In the Goan
& San Franscisco based Goan soprano Deirdre Lobo-D'Cunha
will conduct the choir and sing Christmas eve from 11pm
onwards, prior to Christmas Midnight Mass, December 24,
2002. Place: St. Matthew's Church, 910 So. El Camino Real,
San Mateo, California, 94402. All invited, no charge. RSVP
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Goa Sudharop (http://www.goasudharop.org/dance.pdf).
Thanks to all who have responded to the San Franscisco Bay
Area New Years Eve dance invitation. Net proceeds from the
dance to benefit Goan charities.
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DAY - GALA DINNER AND DANCE
Brought to you by: The Playmates
Date: February 15th 2003 - 6.30 pm onwards
Venue: Brampton Banquets
Band: Blind Fold Test
Tickets: Adults $35 - Children 5-12: $15 Under 5 free.
Contacts: Hilary D'Souza 905 565 8236 - Tony Rodrigues 905
Godfrey Mathias 905 814 6138 - Kenneth D'Souza 416 446 1325
Knights of Columbus - Christ The King Council
Saturday, Feb 8, 2003 6.30 PM - 1.00 am
At Christ The King Church Hall,
3495 Confederation Pkwy, Mississauga
Band: New Illusion DJ: Glen & Malcolm
Contacts: Cruz Fernandes 905 712 3378 - Roy Almeida 905
A re-union in Toronto, Canada for Tanzanians all over the
Tanzanite Picnic to be held in July 2003 (date to be announced
Tanzanite Dance to be held on October 11th, 2003. (anticipating
about 800 Tanzanians in attendance).
to follow -
Book your vacations around those dates so that you will
be able to attend.
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year end issue of Goan Voice Canada recognizes the younger
members (<40ish !) of our world-wide community for achievements
in their professions, or service to the community at large.
list has been compiled from news sources in print and from
the Internet. It is not comprehensive but a start has to
be made some time.
for Goa Schools
J. I. Gonsalves,
citizens' issues campaigner Active with South Goa citizens
issues. He has been one of Goa's active letter-to-the-editor
writers, and a consistent campaigner against wrongdoing
that affect Goan life.
Menezes, (Pune) writer and community builder
One of the few Goans who has moved successfully into the
field of technical writing, and has played an active role
in building technical writers across India.
Nagvenkar, journalist. Bold and young (24) Goan
journalist. Has written fearlessly to expose police wrongdoing
and on a number of issues. Planning to shift to Delhi/US
for higher studies.
Fernandes, German-Goan volunteer with the GSCP
One of the few expat Goans to put his energies where his
mouth is. Often in Goa and spends time volunteering on the
Goa Schools Computers Project. He has played a crucial role
in supporting computer hardware in schools.
Almeida, women's rights campaigner and lawyer
in Goa. Has been active on rights issues and is an activist
of Bailancho Saad - a women's collective, besides being
with Adhar, a socio-legal forum, and Sandharsh, a research
and training initiative.
D'Souza / Neil Alvares, Southern Birdwing.For
work in building an enhanced awareness among Goa's young
about wildlife issues in the state.
B2, Free Software advocate. A young engineer,
who has been a key supporter of the Free Software concept
-- sharing his skills with those needing it.
Kulkarni, wildlife activist, Green Cross. see:
Hiren Lodhiya and Gaurav Priyolkar. The three young Goan
engineers who wrote a widely appreciated 'library' software,
and then put it out in Free Software, for anyone to use
Rodricks, Haute Couture and Design see http://goacom.com/news/news2002/jul/msg00012.html
D'Abreo - Field Hockey Canada- Men's National
Wayne Fernandes - Field
Hockey Canada- Men's National Team
Kenneth Pereira - Field
Hockey Canada- Men's National Team (see: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/teams/3ntms2003a.html)
Barreto - Toronto - Lawyer (Family Law)
Patricia D'Souza - Iqaluit
Chrystal Gomes - Toronto
- Stand-Up Comedian
OF G.O.A. TORONTO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2001-2002
KGA SQEEZE INTO FINAL
Sports Reporter - 4 December 2002
From Cric Info on the DAWN
Karachi Goan Association (KGA) Gymkhana squeezed into the
final of the Seventh Danish Trophy Ramazan tournament beating
Saddar Town by seven runs on Tuesday.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, KGA were restricted
to 141 for seven in 20 overs, due to some tight bowling
backed up by splendid fielding by Saddar Town.
Hilary Rodrigues top scored for the home team with a polished
42. Sunil Shanker unbeaten
with 22 and Nadeem Tariq (20), also made useful contributions.
Francis DCosta -
under a special star, loaded with blessings, Francis DCosta
who hails from the teeming Metropolis of Bombay, India came
to Canada in 1990, after a successful decade in the Middle
East. Winning comes naturally to this man of Goan heritage,
who streaked past his peers in every walk of life, whether
in the academic field or the Sports Arena. Not only did
he play Hockey for Bombays elite Income Tax team,
he was also selected for Rest of India Team. He excelled
in Soccer, Rugby (played for the Indian team against Sri
Lanka in 1975) and was a State player in Carrom. In Bahrain,
Francis displayed his skill in Scrabble, walking away with
Awards galore. He also continued playing Soccer and Hockey
for the various Sports Clubs, whose Talent Scouts were always
on the look out for rare players of his ilk.
to Canada did not deter his Winning Streak. Starting his
career graph from scratch in the World of Insurance and
Financial Services, Francis is President of DCosta
Financial Group having won the Million Dollar Round Table
Award many times over, not to mention Court of the Table.
would have been easy for the man to rest on his laurels
and enjoy the fruits of his labours, but Francis has a reservoir
of strength and endurance that never seems to stand still
and his work for the Goan community and the Indian community
at large is never ending. In fact, his involvement with
the Indian community won him an award from the Prime Minister,
Jean Chretien himself. He is a stalwart supporter of the
Goan Soccer League and sponsors budding young teenage sportsmen
under that banner. Francis DCosta is always in the
middle of sponsoring some cultural event or other
the most recent of them being the "Feast of St.Francis
Xavier" - the Patron Saint of Goa.
details at http://www.goanvoice.ca/2002/issue5/sfxfeast2002.htm
proceeds of the Feast Day are to go towards the Church building
of The Church of St.Francis Xavier. In fact, most everything
that Francis DCosta does ends up as a charitable venture.
The good news is that this event is destined to become an
annual event under the banner of "Friends
of St.Francis Xavier" of which Francis DCosta
is the President today and has been nominated for an on
going tenure, spanning the next three years.
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as an entertainer or to set up your business stall, please
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G.O.A. - Blast from the Past ~ `50s - `60s theme Party!"
The G.O.A. Toronto organized a very successful dance on
November 16, 2002.
a "Blast from the Past ~ `50s - `60s theme Party!",
it attracted a capacity crowd to the Premium Banquet Hall
at 2360 Lucknow Drive.
attendees dressed in the fashion reminiscent of that era
- bobby socks and gym shoes, jeans, rolled up t-shirts and
many women donned polka dotted flared skirts.
bands that played music from that era further enhanced the
event. Leading the show was the "Fabulous `50s and
Sizzling `60s by Les Ombres". The lively, enthusiastic
dancing on the floor reflected the popularity of this band.
They were followed by "Shade" who played music
of The Shadows.
was a very successful event.
to the G.O.A. Toronto organizing committee.
Some pictures of the event can be seen at http://ca.photos.yahoo.com/bc/timdemello2
and click on '50s.