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May 19, 2010 (From
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
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:
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 www.dolce.com 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
Bring your own favorite dish/food, snacks & soft drinks
DRESS VERY CASUAL
SATURDAY Evening: 7pm onwards:
Gala at Dolci: Cocktails overlooking the courtyard, Dinner and
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
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
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) -