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May 19, 2010 (From Paulina Gomes-Goveas)

Colin Saldanha, MD, formerly from Karachi, Pakistan, has been named the city of Mississauga's 'Citizen of the Year'.

(Last year he was on the list of 'Canada's Top 25 Immigrants').

Saldanha, 56, will be awarded the Gordon Ship Memorial Award - that annually recognizes the accomplishments of One Extraordinary Mississauga 'Volunteer'- this week, on May 20, at a reception at Mississauga's Civic Centre. (Over the years, Saldanha has been participating extensively in community activism and volunteerism, for which he has won several awards)

Saldanha was overwhelmed when he heard he had been chosen for the award (on May 11). "As an immigrant to this country, there's not enough ways to say thank you, and I find the (volunteer) work very rewarding," he said. "When people ask me why I do the things I do, I think it's my deep Christian faith to give back as well as my upbringing..." ( If I'm not mistaken, I think his mother used to be a teacher at Karachi's Convent of Jesus and Mary School).Saldanha married his wife, Sheila, in 1983 and they have three children, Diane, Warren and Jason.

As a patient of his, I've seen him speaking with such warmth and respect to all his patients. On one of his visits to Dr.Saldanha's Peel Clinic, Malcolm, my hubby, saw him switch to Urdu, with no difficulty, while talking to an elderly patient, who he addressed as 'Khan Sahib', and 'Aap' (terms of respect).Last year, when chosen as one of Canada's Top 25 Citizens, this is what one of the nominators had to say about Saldanha, "Dr. Colin Saldanha has earned the respect and love of people living in and outside of the Greater Toronto Area through his dedication and commitment to making it one of the best and safest places to live in the world." — Ali Adil Khan, nominator

Not only for people from Karachi, but also for the entire Pakistani community, as well as the entire Christian community- both in Canada and the rest of the world- Dr.Colin Saldanha's achievements are a source of pride. We wish him and his family our very best, always. For a picture of this Karachi Boy who has done us proud, use the first link below:

God bless
Paulina Gomes-Goveas

Generous Doctor is Citizen of the Year

Canada's Top 25 Immigrants

March 13, 2010 (From John and Tamera, New Jersey)

The Karachi I knew- a celebration of memories, music and sunshine!
Dates: Friday July 2nd to Sunday July 4th - 2010
Deadline: RSVP by April 1st

Reserve and prepay Hotel accommodations if needed, directly with DOLCI 300 North Maple Avenue Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. A block of rooms has been reserved at the special rate of $99 per night for a Deluxe Room on Friday & Saturday, July 2 and 3, 2010 for the guests of the Goa Gala. To make a reservation, please call 908-953-3000 or by April 1st, 2010 using Event Res ID: JC070310.

Where: Basking Ridge, Northern New Jersey (Located approximately 25 miles from Newark Liberty Airport and NYC).

FRIDAY Evening at 7pm:
Welcome gathering for remotely located attendees.
Cash Bar/hors d'oeuvres payable to hotel on site

SATURDAY Morning 10.00 am to 1.00pm:
Barbecue/Picnic at nearby scenic Harry Dunham Park, Basking Ridge, NJ.
Bring your own favorite dish/food, snacks & soft drinks

SATURDAY Evening: 7pm onwards:
Gala at Dolci: Cocktails overlooking the courtyard, Dinner and Dancing.
U.S. $86 per adult, $56 for ages 13 to 20, and $26 for 6 to 12 (gratuity and tax included) payable by cheque to Venetia D'Souza, Treasurer at 2 Reservoir Ridge Road, Morristown, NJ 07960, by April 1st.

SUNDAY (Optional) Choices: Catch a Broadway matinee, go shopping at nearby Flemington or Secaucus Outlet stores, or do brunch and some fun sightseeing in New York City.

Sept 14, 2009 (Walter Mendes, Canada)

  • Patrick Dias - After earning a master's degree from the University of Karachi, Patrick Dias did his PhD at Université de Montréal. He joined McGill in 1970 as an associate professor. In 1976, he was named chair of the Department of Education in English and in 1989 became a full professor.

  • Dr. Ron Britto, Professor, PhD (1966), Brown University, Macroeconomic theory, Business cycles, Risk and uncertainty

  • Dr. Joseph D'Cruz serves as Professor of Strategy in the faculty of Management. He is the Director of the Global Executive MBA program at the University of Toronto, and is a full member of the Faculty of Management Studies.

Sept 15, 2009 (Alan Falcao, Canada)

  • Between 1958-62, Alan was the official piano accompanist on Radio Pakistan's local talent program emceed by Edward Carrapiet and aired on the last Monday of each month. Many Goans and others performed on this program. Alan's signature tune at the start and end of this program was 'Canadian Sunset' little knowing that he would end up in Canada in 1965!

  • Since 1992, Alan has been to 12 Summer and Winter Olympics and is currently one of the worlds leading collectors of Olympic pins. He has appeared frequently in the world TV and print media and you can read more about his hobby by visiting

Sept 15, 2009 (Everard De Souza, Ottawa, Canada)

  • Roland D'Souza and I took piano lessons together from Celine D'Silva; I played the organ for St. Jude's Church in Hussain D'Silva Town until we left in 1971, and also played with the Keynotes (Cesca Domingo, Joe D'Costa, Malcolm Fernandes, David Wilson, and Arnold Saldanha . I still am in touch with Noel Ferreira, a classmate from St. Lawrence's, who played bass-guitar with the In Crowd, who also lives in Ottawa. Music is still a hobby/obsession with me....I play with three bands here in Ottawa! Wicked Grin - very active on the blues scene, The FoxyMorons, a Rock/Blues Band, and a third that's just getting under way. I also play and fill in frequently at St. Leonard's, our local church....

Sept 16, 2009 (Ron Pinto, Canada)

  • Got an award from Billboard for the song " Spare those lives" - did the lyrics and melody line for the song " Found your love " on a recent release of the album  - co-wrote "La Fete" with Lucie Gagnon on her recent release  - also wrote the music with Giovani Arteaga the song "Belle" & " Belle2" on the same album ( a Goan doing French songs? )

January 16, 2010 (Anthony Sales, Canada)

  • Goan Philatelist from Pakistan on World Stage - Started collecting stamps during school days. Joined the Stamp Society of Pakistan as a junior member. Later helped in the running of the Junior Section of the Society and organizing stamp exhibitions and stamp collecting workshop in various schools in Karachi. Participated and attended the RCD Stamp Exhibition held in Istanbul in 1975 and was awarded a special trophy for the best exhibit from Pakistan. (Regional Co-operation for Development included Pakistan, Turkey and Iran) - read more


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