Newcomers bring new revenue and fresh ideas to your community. Here’s how to get intentional about welcoming and celebrating them.
By Quint Studer
We all know we need people moving into our community to help keep it healthy. New residents fill job openings, pay taxes, populate schools, and spend money in the local economy. Plus, they bring in fresh ideas and new energy to keep things moving forward.
For these reasons, communities spend a lot of time and energy attracting new residents. We focus on economic development and tout our strong schools, reasonable cost of living, and low crime rate. But what we often don’t consider is what happens once they get here.
As I travel across the country and visit different communities, I find that at times people may do a great job on the hard stuff and forget to do the easy stuff. We need to make it a point to celebrate and include newcomers. When communities do a good job of this, it can be very powerful.
Think about your own social circle. When you’ve lived in a community for a while, you already have well-established groups. It can be hard to invite people in. But seeing these “closed” groups only makes newcomers long for their old community. Continue reading “Making Newcomers Feel Welcome in Your Community!”
As thousands of mourners attended funerals across India this week for the paramilitary personnel who lost their lives to terrorism in Pulwama (Kashmir, India), His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj offered his deepest sympathy and prayers. As spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Mahant Swami Maharaj, prayed for peace for departed and a full recovery of those who were injured. All BAPS mandirs globally as well as the 100 BAPS mandirs across North America held special prayer services. Together they prayed for strength and solace for the families of all those effected by this tragedy.
The prayer service held at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at 61 Claireville Drive in Toronto, on Sunday February 18, 2019, was attended by the Consul General of India, Toronto Dinesh Bhatia along with many community leaders, dignitaries and hundreds of community members.
Echoing the sentiments of other well-wishers at BAPS mandirs across North America, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, said: “The 44 CRPF personnel who lost their lives each have families and communities who are feeling their absence. I feel part of their community and am here to pray for calm in their hearts which we know are hurting.”
The attack on February 14, 2019 has sparked peaceful vigils across India and the world, and BAPS joins in prayer for the families of India’s servicemen and for unity and peace. BAPS as an organization and its followers have also pledged financial support of 10 million rupees for the relief fund to support the victims and their family members on the road to recovery. Continue reading “BAPS Organizes Prayer Services Globally for Pulwama Attack Victims”
National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers in Kerala have taken up the relief and rescue operations on war-footing basis. About 1200 NSS units across the state are fully involved in the relief activities. The NSS volunteers are sanitising the affected area, preparing food packets for the flood victims, running common kitchen and distributing medicines. The Volunteers and other functionaries are distributing food packets to the affected people at various places and are also involved in rescue operations. They are collecting items of daily uses like Dry ration, clothes, soaps, sanitary napkins, medicines of regular use, Milk Powder, bleaching powders, Hand wash, sanitizers etc. Collection of money for the PM Relief Fund and CM Relief Fund of Kerala is also going on in all the NSS units. Volunteers from other states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat ,Karnataka and West Bengal are also participating actively in the relief measures.
NSS volunteers always take up relief and rescue operations on priority whenever a natural disaster occurs in any part of the country. These volunteers work tirelessly to mobilise relief materials and work for the smooth distribution of the collected materials in the affected area in close coordination with the District Administration.
NSS, the flagship programme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is one of the major programmes for the student youth across the country. At present about 41 lakh volunteers are enrolled in this programme in 426 Universities covering about 32000 institutions. Continue reading “NSS volunteers take part in large number in Kerala Flood Relief Measures”
INDIA DAY FESTIVAL AND GRAND PARADE EXPECTED TO DRAW OVER 50,000 PEOPLE AT CITY HALL
More than 50,000 people are expected to converge at Nathan Philips Square to celebrate the 19th Annual India Day Festival and Grand Parade on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Organized by Panorama India, with the support of Consulate General of India, the all-day event to celebrate India’s culture and heritage will present music and dance performances, a kids zone and an international bazaar with 100 kiosks exhibiting fashion, jewellery, handicrafts and an array of food. The King of Bhangra Malkit Singh, Indo-Canadian singer Parichay and Indian Actor Pukhraj Bhalla will be on hand to perform for the massive crowds.
The event kicks off with the National Anthem at 1pm followed by the Grand Parade, marshalled by Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill. According to organizers, the grand parade will have 20 floats representing the various States of India put together by the diverse number of cultural groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The parade will begin at Nathan Phillips Square, journey west to University Avenue, turning North to Dundas, East to Yonge Street, South to Queen Street and culminating back at City Hall.
Consul General of India in Toronto, Amb. Dinesh Bhatia will preside over the India Day event with participation from several political dignitaries from all levels of government. Continue reading “Panorama India to mark India’s Independence Day by showcasing India’s culture and heritage”
The 2018 Sikh Professionals Convention will be held from July 12-15, at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Canada. Over 200 out-of-town and 150 local Sikh professionals are expected to be in attendance.
The event will feature high-profile speakers including:
Gurbir Singh Grewal, Attorney General, State of New Jersey
Mohanbir Singh Sawhney, McCormick Foundation Professor of Technology, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Ravinder Singh Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey
Paramjit Kaur Matharu, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase
Ruby Sahota, MP for Brampton North
Gurratan Singh, MPP for Brampton East
Prabmeet Sarkaria, MPP for Brampton South
Inni Kaur, CEO of Sikh Research Institute
“The mission of the Convention is to amplify the ability of Sikh professionals Continue reading “Inaugural Sikh Professionals Convention Coming To Toronto”
CeleBrampton kicks off summer in the city on Saturday, June 9, from 11 am to 9 pm in downtown Brampton. This two-time Top 100 Festival and Event in Ontario award winner is an annual one-day community celebration that showcases Brampton’s open, friendly, diverse community and provides an opportunity for residents to learn about City initiatives and services.
Parking will be available at the four garages Downtown. Residents also have the option to travel to and from CeleBrampton with Brampton Transit for a dollar. This applies to cash fares only.
This year’s event will take place across the downtown and include the following fun, family-friendly activities:
Garden Square, 11 am – 9 pm
· Garden Square will come alive with community activities and entertainment. The Main Stage will feature all local entertainment with interactive dance classes and live music performances.
· Also included will be Paint by Number: Community Art Project on the large Muskoka chair, an interactive video booth, the popular MyBrampton sign and more!
Main Street North, 11 am – 9 pm
· Celebrating Brampton’s global flavours, 15+ vendors will line the street selling a variety of authentic cultural cuisine. Continue reading “CeleBrampton: Our City. Our Day.”
— by Jatin Naik
Mississauga’s very own MARTY Awards was celebrated earlier this month on Thursday May 10. Leading artists from diverse fields were honoured at the 2018 MARTY awards ceremony hosted by the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC). The awards were presented at the Mississauga Convention Centre to a full house of attendees. A large number of nominated artists walked the red carpet as the evening unfolded, mingling with the media personnel covering the event. The Mississauga Arts Council was pleased to announce the following winners at the 2018 MARTY Awards ceremony in the below mentioned categories :
Festival of the Year – Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival
Lifetime Achievement – Gary Clipperton
Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year – Rita Ferguson
Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts – Pratt & Whitney Canada
Emerging Visual Arts – Kathlynn Hoang
Established Visual Arts – Huan Chen
Emerging Music Solo – Instrumental – Mason Victoria
Established Music Solo – Instrumental – Rob Tardik
Emerging Music Solo – Vocal – Abhishek Venkatachalam
Established Music Solo – Vocal – Alessia Cohle
Emerging Music Group – The Dreamboats
Established Music Group – VIVA Trio
Emerging Media Arts – Francesco Philip Reale
Established Media Arts – Cathleen MacDonald
Emerging Literary Arts – Michelle Hillyard
Established Literary Arts – Eric Walters Continue reading “Mississauga’s MARTY Awards 2018: Top Artists Honoured”
The City of Mississauga hosted a reception at the Mississauga Civic Centre last week to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations.
The reception, hosted by Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the City’s Economic Development Office, was attended by Ms. Takako Ito, Consul General of Japan in Toronto, Members of City Council, as well as members of Mississauga’s Japanese business community.
“Mississauga shares a special, long-standing relationship with Japan that is deeply rooted in our shared values and strong economic ties. That’s why Mississauga is honoured to be hosting a reception to acknowledge 90 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries,” said Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga.
Mississauga is home to nearly 100 globally-respected, successful and innovative Japanese companies. This number represents almost half of all Japanese companies located in Ontario and more companies than any other city within Canada. Some recent additions to the list of Japanese companies in Mississauga are Eisai Limited, MHI Canada Aerospace, KinderKids, IKO Thompson Bearings Canada and Tohmei Industries.
The City’s Economic Development Office works closely with the Japanese business community to support their growth in Canada. Japanese companies provide a major economic boost to Mississauga in the life sciences, aerospace, information and communications technology, logistics and transportation, and various advanced manufacturing sectors. In three years, Japan has moved from the third to the second highest source of foreign direct investment to Mississauga, after the United States. Continue reading “Mississauga Gathers Dignitaries to Mark 90 Years of Canada-Japan Diplomatic Relations”
The City of Mississauga’s iconic sports complex, currently called the Hershey Centre, will soon bear a new name and logo. The multi-purpose sports arena and entertainment venue will undergo a name change just shy of its 20th anniversary. Hershey Canada Inc. decided not to renew the naming rights agreement set to expire on June 30, 2018.
“The City has a great long-standing business relationship with Hershey Canada. We understood that this was a difficult business decision for the company,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We’d like to thank Hershey Canada for their partnership over the last two decades and wish them well with their future ventures.”
Hershey Canada’s decision not to renew prompted the City to look for a new sponsor late last year. Paramount Fine Foods (Paramount) expressed interest and opted to purchase the naming rights through a new ten-year agreement.
Lichterman added, “We’re excited to be working with Paramount on this agreement. With final approval from Council, we look forward to fostering this partnership and the opportunities it will bring to the city. As we approach the July 1 transition date, we will begin to update signage, websites and other facility assets to help local sports clubs, residents and fans around the city adjust to a new name.” Continue reading “Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1”
Annual Black History Month festival takes on vital issues facing Toronto’s Black community through dialogue, photography and film, comedy, a spectacular vogue ball and more.
Each February, communities across the country take part in events to honour and explore the heritage, traditions and culture of Black Canadians. While Black History celebrations may originate in the 1970s, it was not until December 1995 that Canada officially recognized Black History Month. Twenty-three years ago, this first Canada-wide Black History Month was commemorated in Toronto with the inauguration of Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba Festival.
The longest-running Black History Month celebration in Toronto, the Kuumba Festival takes its name from the Swahili word for “creativity”, a component that is central to Harbourfront Centre’s long-standing commitment to providing relevant artistic, cultural, educational and recreational experiences.
“The history of the Black community is one of resistance, resilience, social justice, freedom, hope and love, and for some Canadians that history is still a part of their everyday life,” explains Laura McLeod. “Our goal is that Kuumba 2018 will continue the festival’s legacy as a forum for challenging perceptions, shaping conversations and providing learning opportunities designed to strengthen our understanding and appreciation for our fellow Canadians”.
Continue reading “Kuumba Festival at Harbourfront Centre Celebrates Black History Month”