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GAMES NITE – SEPTEMBER 21/07
How do you describe in one word a very successful Games Nite.
It was TEGSAtional.
Yes the crowd was Terrific, the participants were Excellent,
the Games well chosen, the food Superb and the Attention to
detail speaks volumes of the organizers.
If you came to win, I’m sure you Whistaway with a prize or
two. If you had a lousy partner I’m sure you helped Bridge the
gap to victory or did you just Scrabble your way to win first
So thanks to you for coming.
To her, him and they the co-ordinators/organizers for a job
well done to make this a really TEGSAtional Games Nite
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Inclement weather did not deter members from attending the
Christmas Dance on Saturday, Dec. 15 at St. Clement of Ohrid
Banquet Hall. Members were pleasantly surprised by the sheer
luxury, style and elegance of the beautifully decorated
hall. The inviting ambiance of “red and green” and miniature
decorated Christmas trees was the start of a memorable
On arrival, members were escorted to Uvy Lopes and Rudi
Rodriques, who took portraits of each couple in a Christmas
setting. To their amazement & during the course of the
evening, members were presented with their photograph in a
souvenir card. A subtle touch indeed!
After the recitation of a very befitting grace by Priscilla
Pinto, the formal party began with a sit-down dinner. The
festive meal, which included roast turkey, veal, and mixed
vegetables, was sumptuous to say the least. The ice cream
crepes with chocolate toppings was irresistible. A bottle of
complimentary red and white wine was a welcome addition to
In his welcome address, President Al Andrade thanked the
members for the overwhelming support and cooperation that
the Executive enjoyed during the past two years. He said,,
“I am confident that the goodwill you have helped us to
create these two years, will be effectively carried out in
The decision of the Executive to sponsor four hundred meals
to destitute children housed by the Good Shepherd Ministries
in Toronto and to donate three baskets to the St. Vincent de
Paul, received a tumultuous applause by the members. The
President thanked members for participating in the Club’s
major project this year of collecting used eye glasses for
third world countries and donating generously to the food
drive. Both these projects were a huge success.
Focus Dance Band were in their element and continued to play
music which could not keep members off the floor. The gala
evening was MC’d by TEGSA’s own Hubert Pereira. With his wit
and humour, he kept the spirits lively and he gave away more
than thirty prizes during the evening with his innovative
The Volunteer Award of the Year was presented to Rosemarie
Soares for her invaluable assistance to the Executive.
The midnight surprise was a late night snack of Sorportel
and Sanas which was relished by all. This was sponsored by
the CIBC, Toronto.
The Social Committee, headed by Vicki D’Souza have to be
congratulated and commended for leaving no stone unturned to
ensure that members had an excellent time from the word
“go”. Other members of the Committee included Joan Menezes,
Charles & Dorothy Fernandes and Gerry D’Silva.
Goan Seniors Celebrate
By: Muriel Lucas
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55 Plus Goan Association –West GTA members & guests came
together, from far and wide to help celebrate the Greatest
Feast of all…”CHRISTMAS”… with a sit-down dinner at the
Oasis Banquet Hall in Mississauga. It was a resounding
success, with about 250 people in attendance. It blossomed
to a splendid reality of family & friends of the 55 PGA
It was heart-warming to be part of a nostalgic setting,
which so readily allowed for many of our members to
reminisce and share their Christmas cheer and festive spirit
with immense gusto, throughout the night, surrounded by all
After the formalities were over, by our Social Secretary,
Juliet Rebello, who thanked her sub-committee for their
active part in supporting us, throughout our term. She also
thanked each and every volunteer who came forward during our
term, The festive centerpieces at each table, created by the
talented efforts of Mrs. Rose D’Souza, added to the warm
Vice-President, Paul Nazareth, made the keynote speech in
place of founding President, Tony Fernandes, who is awaiting
cardiac surgery. He noted “. Behind every successful man is
a supportive woman. In this case it is Vivien Fernandes. The
dynamic duo of Tony and Vivien have guided our organization
and promoted the activities we now come to enjoy. We owe
them a vote of thanks.”
When formed in Sept 2005, the organization encountered
problems in search for a suitable venue. They started at the
Malta Band club, then moved to the Gateway Centre and
finally found what suited our members best, - which is a
clean and spacious facility at the Mississauga Senior
Centre, on Cawthra Road.
Paul then went on to thank various members who served on the
Executive or assisted in key activities. These included:
Auditors Al Mathias and Roque
Uvy Lopes for his talented assistance and loyal support
ever since our inception. Uvy would come all the way from
the east end to video and photograph 55PGA events.
Our Social secretary, Juliet Rebello who with her creative
ideas has stirred the interest of our members.
Treasurer Gerry Almeida has dedicated his work to the
All the beautiful write-ups you see in the Goan Voice he
said came from our General Secretary Muriel Lucas. Paul
noted that Muriel also came up with the idea of giving you
those pens so that members have no excuse in not filling out
Membership Renewal Forms in time.
Assistant treasurer Frank Fernandes has been promoting
Konkani from the inception of the association with his
introduction of the Ladinha and litany in Konkani.
John J. D’Souza, a silent worker who ensures that the web
site www.goanvoice.ca is updated with all the 55PGA news.
Paul also spoke of the CULTURAL HOUR at our monthly
functions. He noted that many Goans who know Konkani are too
shy to speak it. During this hour they plan to practice
basic Konkani, sing Mandos and dance the Lancers. The
catalyst of the cultural hour is Frank Fernandes and Lynn
Souza – Marques.
The 55 PGA also looks at the broader picture.
55PGA supported the Goan Charitable Organization. In October
55PGA had a joint venture with the Goan Overseas Association
on the Health and Wellness fair that went on very well.
55PGA also has an annual picnic with it’s sister institution
In July an International Goan Convention is being held in
Toronto. 55PGA requests all members to support this
The AGM will be held on April 15, 2008. This will be
followed by elections for a new executive committee.
He concluded by saying that with the support of members, an
established a solid foundation has been established. The
active participation of every member is required to keep the
55 PLUS GOAN ASSOCAITION WEST GTA vibrant.
Our Treasurer and Deacon, Gerry Almeida, eloquently recited
the Grace before meals and touched on many aspects of the
true meaning of Christmas, by giving, helping the poor &
needy, and learning and respecting other people’s needs,
The amazing four-course meal was served to perfection,
followed by a scrumptious & delectable dessert. Followed by
Music was provided by D.J. Anthony, who captivated the crowd
to a medley of “Old timers” Christmas songs, and continued
with a variety of numbers into the wee hours of the morning.
We entertained a 50/50 draw to the lucky recipient!
Numerous give away prizes, and door prizes, to the lucky
The bonus for the evening was the lasting souvenir. I
decided on a gift of PENS as our parting memento, with the
name of our Association engraved on it. The true spirit of
giving graciously and the joys of being involved in handing
them out personally were evidenced during the evening’s
celebration. The Pen is an Everlasting remembrance!
The evening wound up at around 1.00 a.m. with everyone
dancing to the nostalgic sound of Winter Wonderland!
On behalf of our Executive committee, I wish to take this
opportunity of wishing each and every one of you
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year –
Thank you for your patronage and your support during our
We are sure the Association will continue to progress and
wish the incoming Executive all the success for the next two
years, and after!
Do PEN us a few lines – until then, we shall keep the lines
of communication open, by signing off………….
…………JOY TO THE WORLD………….
General Secretary for
55 Plus Goan Association-West GTA.
55 Plus Goan
By Muriel Lucas.
What a night!
December 18, 2007- Mississauga Seniors Centre
“ If this is Christmas”…..then –
‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ - TO TOWN!!
…..IT WAS AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER……
and guests, of 55 PGA,(100) in all, brought not only their
cheers, but their sing-along-voices too and honed their
skills in harmonizing along a chorus of Christmas Carols, a
theme of voices that is practiced traditional, at this
“Magnificent” time of the year -the World over.
The evening began when Santa’s “Merry-makers” took off in
“high gear” all decked up in the festive attire, and
entertained the crowd with the most popular carols, like
Silent Night, “Away in a Manger” Jingle Bells, etc etc.,
Musical accompaniment was provided by Nelson Fernandes on
keyboard, Cooty Coutinho on violin and Joe D'Cruz on guitar.
The highlight of the evening – and of course, who else would
appear (Not thru the Chimney! BUT by a heartbeat!! … SANTA &
MRS CLAUS themselves to a thunderous applause! –“ WHO, was
the question, as we kept on guessing, well, they kept it
well hidden, Until Shirley gave that amazing smile, and
Bernard huddled closer to the ladies, & displayed that charm
By this time everyone was “Famished”…and no sooner than you
knew it the, “Hostesses” with the Mostest” served up a
“storm” with a mouth- watering traditional “Sorpatel,”
pillau, pickle and vegetable dish! – there were rave review,
to this “hot-hot-hot dish, which was prepared with a lot of
TLC by Ms.Loretta Fernandes. (Our grateful thanks) – A light
dessert & coffee – just hit the spot and got us going to the
was played with the Jackpot of $ 100.00 and the lucky winner
was…. Mrs. Nita D’Souza, “Congrats”!
Smaller prizes were given out i.e. One line, 2 lines, & the
ever so famous “Jeldi Five”- shared by groups of twos and
threes - …..lucky for some…..!!
Paul Nazareth, headed by Lynn Souza Marques, organized the
“Konkani Hour” and much to our disappointment, our Old
Crooner, Francis Fernandes, was unable to attend! All who
knew Konkani joined in the singing! This started the
traditional Mando dance – that went famously well towards
the end of the evening!
Finally, a Christmas quiz was in store for everybody….
(Shows you how much we all know about this festive
occasion)…well we were put to the test and there were 2
lucky winners!! Hurrah!
Well, as all good things must come to an end! The evening
wound up with “Auld Lang Syne” - We wish you a Merry
Christmas” and finally – and sadly “NOW IS THE
HOUR……………”When we must say, Goodbye”…
it didn’t end there, when we had a great entertainer
Custodio Pereira, who sang his heart out with
heart-wrenching, nostalgic Songs that left us
spellbound!.................into the night!
Initially, Juliet thanked everyone for his or her hard work
behind the scenes to make this Christmas event a special
Last, but not least, the writer extended a very warm
greeting to all who attended, & thanked each and everyone
for their loving support throughout our tenure, and
especially for putting their best foot forward in helping to
make this, our last event, an even more memorable one, than
what was expected!
She went on to thank Juliet Rebello, Social Secretary, for
Initiating this event and for putting it all together, to a
round of Applause………
The evening wound up at 10 p.m.
And so to all, whom we left YULE-TIDE-ING up after us…from
where we left off…GOOD LUCK, GOOD HEALTH & GOD BLESS YOU………
while we are on our way…………to ‘DREAMIN’ OF A WHITE
ADIOS, SAYONARA, KWAHERI, VYA- CONDIOS –
OH! WHAT A NITE!!!!!
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