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time Goan Float on the Canada Day Parade in Montreal
Message from :Mary Silveira, President, Quebec Goan
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Quebec Goan Association, took part in the July 1st
colourful parade in Montreal for the first time in
its history. The float
which was themed "To Keep Our Goan Heritage
Alive" was colourfully
decorated with ladies dancing to Konkani music,
and was cheered on by a large crowd
gathered along St. Catherine Street, in Montreal.
The parade terminated at Philips Square in downtown
Montreal and was
followed by a concert by performers in different
languages and different
ethnic groups. Goa was well represented with Jacinta
Luis opening the show
with a Konkani folk song, Aum Saiba Poltodi Vetam.
There were other songs
in Konkani, English, French and a Portuguese dance,
again by the Members of the Quebec Goan Association.
Ektaim Zavum Ters Korumya –Pray the Rosary in
A new website
www.konkanirosary.org has been unveiled which
allows viewers to participate in reciting all five
decades of the Glorious mystery in Konkani.
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11, 2010, more than 220 people from all parts of the
Greater Toronto Area, came to the Church of Our Lady
of the Rosary in Scarborough for a service
appropriately termed "Ektaim Zavum Ters Korumya".
The entire rosary was videotaped for subsequent
post-processing and display on the Internet.
Preparing the video for the Internet was a daunting
task according to Michael Pinto of Winnipeg, who
spearheaded the effort.
Michael writes “We were breaking new ground and had
to start from scratch. The developers of
website generously gave us their underlying software
templates and visual interfaces, but there were
strict conditions for it’s use. No logos or
promotional material to be displayed.
A considerable effort had to be spent in preparing
the videotapes before use in the program. Sound
tracks had to be edited for timing and quality. Some
of the hymns and music. had to be re-recorded in a
The task of matching video and voice to the computer
program was also a challenge. Each decade of the
rosary is recited at a different timing depending on
the reciter. Hence getting the rosary beads to
change colour after each Holy Mary is an arduous
task and had to be done bead by bead for each
The task of mastering the workings of the program
and preparing it for the Internet was done itself by
an IT team in Goa Those following the rosary have
the option of viewing the Toronto service as a
backdrop, or seeing screen shots of Goa’s famous
churches. The site also includes an “Intentions Page” for
dedicating the recitation.
Plans are in hand for adding the remaining mysteries
using tapings done in San Francisco, and
those scheduled for Melbourne, and London (UK)
View the Toronto taping - 11th April 2010-
View the San Francisco - 16th May 2010
The Melbourne, Australia event is to be held on 25th
July 2010 (tentative) at St. Theresa’s Church,
Albion. Victoria. Contact Joe Alfonso at
011-61-397-018-582 and Venessa Afonso at
London, UK will confirm if 30th August is a firm
date, and the location for the Aylesford Pilgrimage
Event. The event is listed for Mon 30, August 2010
Bank Holiday: GOAN PILGRIMAGE See
www.thefriars.org.uk for directions and maps
In a letter to the Toronto Pray the Rosary
supporters, Michael adds…
The Konkani Rosary recitation will serve to
enhance our spiritual well-being. It will bind us to
our Goan heritage, and maintain our links with Goa.
It should thrive and continue, but can only do so
from grass roots support the world over. Please help
Tumchea mogachea korubani tumi
Saibinmiche Ashirwad zoddle, ani tem sodanch tumechem
sovoyem assum, munon hanv magtam. Dev Borem Korum
Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Sixth
East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) celebrated the
Sixth Anniversary on Saturday, June 19, 2010.at The
Metropolitan Cenre. Scarborough, Ont. It is the
largest Goan Association in GTA with 750 members.
It was a friendly gathering of members and
out-of-town guests who shared lots of warmth and
they were in cheerful spirits. The ladies were
presented with a Capodimonte Rose as a “ Thank You”
and the entire celebration was upbeat.
The many familiar faces mingled around during the
Social Hour as Hors d’oeuvres were served. There was
never a moment without a conversation, or laughter
among the members. Sheilah D’Souza, the Cultural
Secretary was the compere for the occasion. She was
well prepared and she did a fantastic job throughout
the event. She kept everyone in a delightful mood.
The foremost part of the afternoon was welcoming
speech from Olga Madeira the President. of TEGSA.
She was poised as she conveyed her message. She
mentioned that the celebration was an illustration
of our relationship, our strength, our devotion and
dedication to our Goan Community. She expressed her
gratitude and best wishes for the Past Presidents
and their respective committee members for turning
over the thriving Association to the current
committee and she along with her enthusiastic
committee would carry the torch with pride. She
introduced her committee members to all the members
and guests present. She encouraged members to be
involved by attending the events or by expressing
their concerns and suggestions to the delegates.
Sheilah read the greetings that were received from
Michael Chan, the Ontario Minister of Tourism and
Culture. His letter stated that the province’s
cultural vitality is greatly enriched by the
contributions of Ontarians around the world,
including those descending from Goa, India. He
congratulated TEGSA on the occasion of the
association’s Anniversary Celebration and he
commended TEGSA for the vital support given the Goan
Next as planned, Sheilah D’Souza invited Effie Rocha
to say the Grace before meals She included a prayer
of thanks for the TEGSA’s good times and then all
joined her in reciting the Grace before meals.
This was followed with the scrumptious, delicious
meal with two bottle of red and white wine at each
table and it created a warm feeling of togetherness
Bosco and his Rafikis Live music created a beautiful
atmosphere. They set the tone for the afternoon and
almost everyone responded to their music. They took
to the floor and graciously swayed to the music.
These musicians under the direction of Bosco got the
people into the mood by playing some of the
traditional Goan folk music. They all danced and had
a great time.
Sheilah thanked all the generous donors for their
The spotlight was focused on the Special Treat for
Fathers to celebrate Father’s day in advance. Two
Flamenco Dancers were on the dance floor dancing to
the Spanish beat with castanets and fans. Their
performance was exuberant and joyful. Their superb
elegant, graceful movements got all the fathers glue
their eyes on them.
Time flies fast when everybody has fun and it was
just that. It was time for cutting the Anniversary
cake.. Martha Menezes and Flavia DeSouza were
invited to cut the cake and this was placed on the
Sweet Table for people to help themselves along with
cookies, tea or coffee.
It was a very enjoyable celebration. All in all,
special thanks to TEGSA’s President and her
committee for the wonderful Sixth Anniversary
Kampala (Goan) Institute Centenary Celebrations
Toronto June 24-27, 2010
Address by Antonio Mascarenhas- Chairman of
at Dinner Dance, June 26th, 2010 Pearson Convention
A Hundred years ago, our pioneering founders could
never have imagined that the Centenary Celebration
of the Kampala Goan Institute would be held 12,000
kilometres away in far off Canada.
This Anniversary celebration gives us an opportunity
to acknowledge and pay tribute to the courageous
nineteen visionary Goan pioneers who laid the
foundation for the Kampala Goan Institute on June
26th 1910. As Goan goodwill ambassadors to their new
home in Uganda, Africa, they enthusiastically and
courageously formed an institution where fellow
Goans could meet, play and socialize. From a tiny
tin-roofed shack, the club grew to the impressive
institution that was a haven for countless Goan
immigrants to Kampala. The site of the original club
was never changed – again a testimony to the vision
of the founders. They couldn’t have picked a more
central location for what became one of the finest
social and sports institutions in the city.
KGI members were recognized throughout East Africa
for their sporting prowess. We excelled in hockey,
cricket, tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Our
members were key players in Ugandan and East African
teams in international tournaments. Three KGI
members were in the Ugandan Olympic hockey squad at
the Munich Games in 1972.
KGI bonds of friendship have endured as is
demonstrated by the overwhelming support our
committee has received in organizing this Centenary
Much has transpired over the last hundred years.
Twelve years after celebrating a lavish 50th
Anniversary, the vast majority of KGI members were
forced to leave Uganda as part of the historic Asian
Exodus of 1972. Almost overnight, the Kampala Goan
Diaspora boosted membership of fledgling Goan
Associations in many cities around the world
primarily in Britain, Australia, the United States
Fifty years ago, KGI founding member, Eugene A.
Pinto stated: – “The past has been glorious, the
present is prosperously passing, and the future is
in trust with the younger members.” Political events
prevented future members from carrying the KGI torch
in the location of its inception but the strong
membership bond was never severed. This Centenary
celebration is a tribute to the KGI spirit that has
motivated so many to attend from around the world to
pass the torch to our children who have indeed done
us proud in every country that gave us refuge.
I extend a warm welcome to Dr. Sudhir
Ruparelia, Chairman of the Kampala Institute and the
Hon. Rajni Tailor, Secretary of the Kampala
Institute and Minister of State for Economic
Planning Development & Investments, Buganda Kingdom,
who travelled here from Uganda to represent the
newly constituted Kampala Institute. My sincere
gratitude for their generous donations without which
we would have been unable to organize a celebration
such as this.
Finally, an ambitious three day celebration such as
this could not have been possible without an
organizing committee that so unstintingly gave of
their time and energy.
I send my most sincere greetings to all past and
present members of the Kampala Institute and wish
the Institute many years of success in the future.
Click here for
Souvenir Booklet of the Kampala (Goan) Institute
Click here for Kampala Goan Institute Centenary Mass
GOA (Toronto) HOSTS A
By Armand Rodrigues
Throwing all cares to the wind, participants in this
light-hearted exercise of contrived laughter were
able to play out real-life situations that had the
singular effect of inducing laughter. Diverse
scenarios called for different degrees of
spontaneous sounds expressing lively amusement or
hysterics. You could be laughing in a person’ face,
from the side of your mouth, from the depths of your
belly, or having the last laugh. An outsider looking
in would think the crowd had gone bonkers or had
inhaled excessive laughing-gas.
The histrionics gave way to people with shawls and
pashminas, draped in an array of creative
arrangements, prancing about in moves reminiscent of
a hot potato between their knees. How else could
they express themselves in high-level “Bhangra”
instruction that they were receiving? Added to the
mix was some line-dancing and even a smidgen of
“Kunbi”dancing. The pot-pourri included lively songs
by Saozinha, Delphine, Alan Pires and others, ably
emceed by Alu DeSouza, and with piano accompaniment
by Bertha of Switzerland.
Guests from England, Australia, Switzerland, Uganda
(who were here for the KGI Centenary celebrations),
enjoyed this Goan merriment, as much as the locals.
You could laugh it off, but there was no traditional
“bacalhao” or “sopa de peixe” in the tasty catered
Portuguese dinner. Blame this on the cod-fishing ban
if you will.
Numerous people had a hand in putting this on. Some
of those were Morris & Rachel Pinto, Tina DeMello,
Jean DeMello and the well-known five George sisters
For now, laughter resides in our subconscious
Review "Dukh" - A testament of our time
From: Albertina Fernandes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Posted on Tanzanite Goans <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, June 28, 2010 11:52:14 AM
Photo: Eugene Correia
very privileged to attend the konkani tiatr written
by Raymond Menezes a multi-talented writer,
director, actor who has been
active on the Konkani drama scene in Canada since
1989. Also known as Jr.
Menezes on stage the konkani theatre impresario in
Toronto, Canada and
was produced by James Fernandes on Sat June 19,
I was very impressed by the visual effects which
were second to none
during my entire life attending the konkani tiatrs
in Toronto since their
inception. Raymond (Junior) was given this
opportunity by the late
Richard Fernandes who started the Goan Konkani
Troupe in Toronto and
introduced Junior to the Group. Junior hails from
Sonarbatt, Quepem, Goa.
He has been involved in Tiatr since his childhood,
having written his
first drama at the age of 13. Soon after immigrating
to Canada, he
presented his first Tiatr in Toronto in 1989. In
1999, he performed with
Goa's Melody King and Radio Star the late Alfred
Rose, along with Rita
Rose. He also directed M. Boyers hit Tiatros like "Burgim
"Adim tem atam hem" and Rosferns "Budhvont". Jr.
Menezes usually does
comedy roles and is called the Jancint Vaz of the
Canadian Konkani stage.
Amongst his other tiatr achievements, was 'Adeus'
which he wrote,
directed and participated in.
Junior definitely put a lot of time and effort into
this production and
it showed. Everyone who attended this event went
home with a lump in
their throat as to how much this young man is trying
to put our beloved
Konkani and our homeland of Goa on the map and in
each and every goan's
mind. I was fortunate to travel with Jr. Menezes to
Goa in December 1994.
He has such a passion for Goa, the land and its
people and especially the
language which is unique. He is a very passionate
man when it comes to
Goa and all things Goan.
The curtain opened with a family among others
boarding a flight. A
flight that ended in tragedy and left behind a young
orphan girl Roma.
The visual effects of the crash were simply amazing.
Roma was raised by
her paternal uncle, his wife and their son. Growing
up in this extended
family was no easy task for a little girl who just
wanted to be loved but
the aunt was not that giving. She made the little
girl's life hell on
earth and were it not for her young cousin and
uncle, Roma would indeed
Roma was married and again as luck would have it,
she was in the
clutches of a mother-in-law who was suspicious of
her every move. It was
revealed to Roma by an old visionary priest that her
husband was to die a
certain death but Roma made a pact with Jesus at the
site of the wooden
cross that she would make a novena and come before
the cross to pray for
his good health and life, she promised that she
would attend and pray at
the wooden cross every Friday and make a novena and
not break it. Her
father-in-law overhead her make her pact with Jesus
but she swore him to
secrecy as if anyone knew of her great sacrifice for
her husband it would
render the pact void. Her father-in-law was the
silver lining under every
cloud but her mother-in-law and husband could not
understand why she was
going out alone and suspected that she was up to no
mother-in-law berated her and so did the husband and
then both turned
against her and finally her husband
threatened to divorce her. Roma was watched by her
husband and mother at
every turn and she missed making her trip on the
last day of her novena.
That day unfortunately her husband had a massive
heart attack and died.
Roma went to the cross to ask why Jesus had let her
down as she had kept
her side of the bargain. Then come into play the
visual effects and Jesus
gets displayed on the wooden cross that she used to
go to pray for her
husband's good health and Roma understood and begged
Jesus to forgive
her. Her husband then made a miraculous recovery and
explained. There were few dry eyes in the audience.
Thanks to A. C. Pereira for co-ordinating the visual
effects with Jr.
Menezes and to Josie (Josephine) Carrasco (nee Dias)
for being a right
hand person for the konkani tiatr. Josie I
understand worked tirelessly
with the cast and learnt everyone's lines so that
she could prompt them
when needed. Winnie Crasto received the Richard
Fernandes Award, which
was donated by Jr. Menezes in memory of the late
Richard Fernandes and
presented by Richard's wife Rosy, for making her
mark on Konkani tiatr
and for giving of herself with love and passion.
recognitions handed out, were the producer
recognition awards which were
given to Josie Carrasco, Terry Carrasco, Keith
Crasto, Alywn Gomes &
Faria Fernandes as the older Roma was in my words
simply fantastic and
gets my nod for her stellar performance. Thanks to
Keith Crasto, Lourdinho Rodrigues, Grace Almeida,
Jude Menezes, Pradeep
Mahabir, Gregorgy Fernandes, Allwyn Gomes and Willie
Gracias and all the
others who worked behind the scences tirelessly but
don't always get the
praise. Of course Olavo DaCosta made a terrific M.C.
The comedians and
singers like Auggie Pereira, Hazel Jacob, Lara
Rebello, Oscar Nazareth,
Winnie Crasto, Charmaine Menezes (Jr.'s lovely
wife), Steven Fernandes,
Ruth Kumar (she gives a lovely rendition of Lorna)
Joyson and Wilson
D'Souza, Miguel Barretto and my heartrob Agnello
Fernandes who came all
the way from the USA for each practice and the final
Brendan Abreu (who probably did not understand
everything) was the
dedicated official photographer for the tiatr not
forgetting June Dias
(Josie's daughter) who was the official videographer.
All these people showed total dedication. Of course,
what can I say about our own AC Pereira. He was a
total hit with his portrayal of a cross dresser but
then which is the real AC? I never know as he
wears so many hats. It is people like these and the
rest of the crew make
me proud to be a Goan and one who loves Goa, was
born there (though I
moved to Dar at the age of 7) and has spoken the
language since birth.
Growing up in Dar es Salaam where my parents were
often ridiculed by
other Goans for speaking to the children in Konkani.
I remember my mother
always saying it is okay if my English is not
perfect or even broken at
least all my children know our mother tongue and for
which I have always
thanked my parents. All six of us children know the
language fluently and
it is only unselfish parents like mine that imparted
this gift to us
which we all love and appreciate. I can go to Goa
and feel completely at
home be it taking the buses
all alone, haggling at the markets about the prices
or enjoying the
tiatrs there. Knowing the language or any other
language for that matter
other than the one spoke at home is always a big
Jr. Menezes should be commended for his hard work
and for striving for
excellence in his adopted country of Canada. He is a
welcome addition to
the fabric and mozaic of multi-cultural Toronto.
Albertina Fernandes (nee Dourado)
Maria Fraser (nee Fernandes) Receives Award of
From: The Nunavut Nurse
Alex Campbell -
Deputy Minister- Health and Social Services
Government of Nunavut - Canada
As Nunavut celebrates National Nursing
Week, it’s important to recognize the
huge contribution nurses make to the
health and well-being of Nunavummiut
and our communities.
The commitment to numerous years of
post-secondary education prepares
nurses to be outstanding primary care
providers at our health centres, public
health offices and hospital.
Nurses are highly trained and skilled
professionals who possess a unique
knowledge-base in the health system.
Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement
Palmira Fraser was born in Kenya where she received
her elementary and high school education. In 1971, she began
religious training in Italy. In
1980, she completed her Nursing, Public Health and
Midwifery training in the
After working as a nurse in Italy, Maria returned to
Kenya to work as a volunteer
Registered Nurse and Midwife. She spent seven years
working in Kenya before
immigrating to British Columbia.
In 1991, Maria began working in the Northwest
Territories and then Nunavut.
She has worked in Rankin Inlet, Whale Cove, Baker
Lake and, for the past 19
years, Maria has worked in Repulse Bay.
The primary focus of Maria’s work is empowering
community members through health promotion.
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