August 2004

GLIMPSES OF ICCC 13th Annual Awards and 27th Gala Night

by Rajen Merchant

As a founding member, it was my great pleasure to attend the 27th Gala of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. During the last few years, we (myself or Rekha) have not been able to personally attend the Gala due to busy summer activities. Some of our NRI-club members have attended on our behalf and have reported on this annual event. This year I could attend and meet some of our old friends.

Back in 1976, when some of us got together to start the Chamber, of course, there was no internet and there were no fancy audio-visual gadgets.  We all had a dream and a vague idea of how it would transpire. During the course of time, ICCC had its own ups and downs, just like other Indo-Canadian organizations such as India Canada Association, NACOI, and FOGA. Undoubtedly, ICCC has not only survived the blows of time, it has prospered very well.  Below, we present, video clips of the 27th Gala held on Saturday, June 19, 2004. These clips provide a visual perception of this progress. 

a) Welcome by ICCC President Mr. Pradeep Sood (Time 0:33), click here.

b) Role & Achievements of ICCC by President Mr. Pradeep Sood (Time 1:19), click here.

c) Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Part 1 (Time 0:19), click here.

d) Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Part 2 (Time 0:20), click here.

e) Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Part 3 (Time 0:36), click here.

f) Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Part 4 (Time 1:36), click here.

g) Entertainment (Time 0:54), click here.

h) Mr. Michael Bregman, Chief Guest (Time 1:35), click here.

i) Dr. Srikanta Swamy receives 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award (Time 0:31), click here.

j) Dr. Srikanta Swamy acknowledges 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award (Time 1:18), click here.

k) Gary Singh receives and acknowledges 2004 Humanitarian Award (Time 2:01), click here.

l) Bob Dhillon receives and acknowledges 2004 Businessman Award (Time 1:40), click here.

m) Dr. Dhun Noria receives and acknowledges 2004 Businesswoman Award (Time 1:47), click here.

n) Dr. Virendra Jha receives and acknowledges 2004 Professional Man Award (Time 1:07), click here.

o) Suhana Meharchand receives and acknowledges 2004 Professional Woman Award (Time 2:16), click here.

p) Rahul Raj receives and acknowledges 2004 Youth Achievement Award (Time 1:23), click here.

q) Aditya Jha receives and acknowledges 2004 Technology Achievement Award (Time 1:21), click here.

r) Ramesh Chotai receives and acknowledges 2004 President's Award (Time 1:24), click here.

s) Sudarshan Jagannathan receives and acknowledges 2004 Member Award (Time 1:23), click here.

t) Conclusion (Time 0:18, Total Time 22:23), click here.


Symposium on Current Public Health Issues

Merchant & Associates organized a “Symposium on Current Public Health Issues” on Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Swagat Banquet Hall, Markham, Ontario.

The following presentations were video taped in the presence of a live audience of about 45 persons at this symposium. Ontario Region of National Indo-Canadian Council, National Indo-Canadian Council-Toronto Chapter, and Federation of Gujarati Associations assisted in coordinating this session. For viewing these presentations, please click appropriate links.

a) Introduction and Presentation by Dr. Sunil V. Patel, President, Canadian Medical Association Part 1 (Time 9:36), click here.

b) Presentation by Dr. Sunil V. Patel Part 2 (Time 15:05), click here.

c) Presentation by Dr. Kuldip Kular, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, Government of Ontario (Time 13:11), click here.

d) Presentation by Dr. Rasik Morzaria, President, CAPIO (Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) Part 1 (Time 18:46), click here.

e) Presentation by Dr. Rasik Morzaria, Part 2 (Time 19:57), click here.

f) Remarks by Mr. Rajen Merchant, Vice President, Ontario Region, National Indo-Canadian Council and Presentation by Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Children’s Services, Government of Ontario, Part 1 (Time 15:06), click here.

g) Presentation by Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Part 2 (Time 17:21), click here.

h) Remarks by Mr. Elesh Ruparel, President, Federation of Gujarati Associations, Toronto, Remarks by Mrs. Malvina Ram, President, National Indo-Canadian Council-Toronto Chapter, and Presentation by Dr. Vivian Rambihar, Cardiologist and Founder of South Asian Heart Foundation, Part 1 (Time 18:26), click here.

i) Presentation by Miss Sherryn Rambihar, UWO Medical Student involved in Community Heart Health Issues for Women & Children and Presentation by Dr. Vivian Rambihar, Part 2 (Time 14:10), click here.

j) Remarks by Mr. P. Nandakumaran, President & CEO, State Bank of India (Canada), Remarks by Dr. Neil Gajjar, and Remarks by Mr. D. K. Baruah, Director, Tourism India, Toronto (Time 10:03), click here.  

k) Remarks by Mr. Abdul Hai Patel, Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commissioner and Concluding Remarks by Dr. Vivian Rambihar (Time 19:02, Total Time 2:50:43). click here.


* Vedanta Society of Toronto is planning for a) a special two-day "Spoken Sanskrit" class on August 14 & 15, 2004, b) Janmashtami celebrations on September 2, 2004, and c) Annual Fall Seminar on September 11, 2004. For details, please contact them at 416-240-7262.

* Consulate General of India announces a change in venue for the flag hoisting on the occasion of India's Independence Day on Sunday, August 15, 2004. The flag hoisting will now be at 1835 Yonge Street, (Fourth Floor), Toronto at 9:00 a.m. Please be there by 8:45 a.m.

* Plan to attend the “Teej Festival, Jaipur”, being organized from August 19-20, 2004. For details, please contact India Tourism Office in Toronto at 416-962-3787 or indiatourism@bellnet.ca.

* Panorama India in association with Consulate General of India celebrates 58th Independence Day of India on Saturday, August 21, 2004. For more information, please call Raghu Nayak at 416-283-4271 or Krishan Khetarpal at 416-925-3230.

* inDANCE presents Master Class of Abhinaya taught by Lakshmi Viswanathan Sunday, August 22, to August 26, 2004 and a performance by her on August 28, 2004. For details, please call 416-504-6429, 416-304-1690 or e-mail indance@indance.ca.

* Trade Wind Associates Canada Inc. announces a special September offer for "SOTC - Classic Tour of Europe". For more information, please call Rukshana or Naomi 416-920-7682 or 416-966-4853 ext. 223/227 or click here.

* Across Boundaries Multifaith Institute sponsors a one-day multifaith retreat on healing & wellness on Saturday, August 28, 2004. For details, please call Ginny Freeman MacOwan at 519-576-4588.

* United Muslims presents 2nd Annual Muslim Family Day & Muslim Fair on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at CNE. For details, please call 416-916-1479.  

* Brahmin Samaj of Ontario is planning for a) Balev Picnic on Sunday, August 29, 2004, b) Navratri Havan on Sunday, October 24, 2004, and c) Diwali Dinner on November 20, 2004. For details, please call Hiren Upadhyay at 416-332-1030.

* Pushtimargiya Vaishnav Samaj of Canada is planning for Chhappanbhog and Kalash Mahotsava on September 11 and 12 2004. For more information, please call Jayanti Shah at 905-455-2206, P. K. Shah at 416-286-8556, or Raju Shah at 905-479-0507.