|Events : Forthcoming Events of 2016
| on 2015/1/31 15:50:00 (1322 reads)
Mark your calendars for the forthcoming events of 2016 from MAC:
Family Social: May 22, 2016
Picnic: June 25, 2016
Konkani Drama: TBD
Monthi Fest (Feast of Nativity): September 11, 2016
Konkani Mass - Second Saturday of every month - 6pm at Sts Martha & Mary Church:
January 9, 2016
February 13, 2016
March 12, 2016
April 9, 2016
May 14, 2016
June 11, 2016
July 9, 2016
August 13, 2016
September 11, 2016 - Feast of Nativity
October 8, 2016
November 12, 2016
December 10, 2016
Lenten schedule of 2016 - Way of the Cross followed by Mass in Konkani and Spiritual Retreat in English starting at 6pm:
February 13, 2016
February 20, 2016
February 27, 2016
March 5, 2016
March 12, 2016
March 19, 2016
Holy Week 2016 - No Way of the Cross
Events scheduled here are subject to change.
|Events : Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) - Executive Committee 2015-2016
| on 2015/1/31 11:00:00 (803 reads)
MAC, a non-profit, non-political volunteer organization based in Mississauga, Ontario elected a new Executive Committee during the Annual General Meeting held in November 2014. This working group consists of active, enthusiastic members whose skills and talents encompass a wide spectrum of jobs and activities. It is the responsibility of this new working group to ensure that the association continues to thrive and grow and be actively involved in community service through a myriad of events: Social, Religious, and Humanitarian. It is the objective of the association to make the Konkani community a partner in its growth and development. Guiding the association through its journey, offering unflinching support and spiritual guidance is Rev. Fr. Edwin D'Souza, pastor of Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, Mississauga. It is due to the dedicated and untiring efforts of Life members, former EC, current EC and our dearly departed members that MAC has triumphed over challenges and accomplished great things.
"Together we make a difference" this motto is engrained in everything MAC stands for and strives for. The association is a remarkable platform for anyone who searches for opportunities, a beacon for those hoping for familiar traditions and reminisce about ancestral homes and a strong driver championing leaders and youth.
We wish the association continued success.
Seated (L to R): Prescilla D'Souza (Assistant Treasurer); Olivia Moras (Public Relations Coordinator ); Maxim D'Mello (President) Rev. Fr. Edwin D'Souza (Spiritual Advisor); Paul Mathias (Vice-President); Cynthie Fernandes (Joint Secretary ).
Back row (L to R): Lancy Rodrigues (Liturgical facilitator); Manohar Pais ( Cultural Coordinator); Reynold Sequeira (General Secretary); Ronald D'Souza (Sports Coordinator ); Reginald Fernandes (Auditor); Leo D'Cunha (Web Master), Joel Lewis (Treasurer).
|Local News : Pinto to join OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to Ukraine
| on 2014/10/28 21:30:00 (529 reads)
In two weeks, Canada's Aaron Joshua Pinto will fan out across Ukraine along with hundreds of Canadian election observers to monitor the integrity of the embattled country's early Verkhovna Rada parliamentary elections.
Pinto has been selected through CANADEM, commissioned by the federal government, to join the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Ukraine.
The EOM supports transparency and democracy by undertaking electoral analysis and stakeholder engagement. Pinto and other observers will be there to monitor the election process and by their presence, encourage a fair and democratic election.
In early September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine invited the OSCE/ODIHR to observe the early parliamentary elections scheduled for 26 October 2014.
Canada, an OSCE participating State, is sending 90 short-term observers (STOs), including Aaron, to observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results for two weeks. There will be 60 long-time observers (LTOs) joining the OSCE/ODIHR EOM, as well as 12 Canadian parliamentarians who will join the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Election Observation Mission delegation.
International Election Observers are deployed throughout the country in multinational teams of two to assess the close of the campaign, voting, counting and tabulation of results. Observers are strictly impartial and they work to bring irregularities to the attention of election officials and the Central Election Commission of Ukraine.
Upon arriving in the capital Kyiv on October 21st, Aaron will attend a pre-election briefing. The briefing will cover all parts of the election process, as well as logistical and security information Specific topics include: general information, country-specific information, findings so far (interim reports), political background including parties and candidates, election and legal aspects of the process, media landscape, info regarding the political participation of women and national minorities (i.e. Roma and Sinti), election day procedures and reporting, code of conduct, security situation, and logistical information, including deployment.
After a day and a half of briefings, Aaron will be deployed to his Area of Observation in Ukraine and will have a chance to attend a regional debriefing and familiarize himself with the assigned observation region and polls before Election Day.
OSCE observers will be present in all "oblasts" or provinces in Ukraine, except Crimea, the strategic region on the Black Sea which Russia took over in March.
Election Day on October 26th will be a long day for Aaron. He will observe the opening, polling and closing of an average of 10 polling stations during the day. He will have to witness every aspect of the election process, from the formal unsealing of the ballot boxes to the demonstration that they are empty. He will also witness the tabulation process and the physical transportation of the ballots.
After Election Day, Aaron will travel back to Kyiv and attend a debriefing. This will provide an opportunity for him and other observers to discuss major findings and share conclusions with other observers and EOM members.
The EOM will hold a press conference on the day after the elections to present its preliminary findings and conclusions. A comprehensive final report will be issued by the OSCE/ODIHR approximately two months after the election process has been completed, taking into account Aaron?s findings as well as those of other observers.
The OSCE/ODIHR last observed the parliamentary elections in Ukraine in 2012 and the early presidential election in May 2014. This will be the eleventh OSCE/ODIHR election observation activity in Ukraine.
Aaron is a recent graduate of the Honours International Relations and French programme at Western University. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Mississauga City Youth Council, an international trade intern at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto and is Canada's OSCE Youth Ambassador.
"I am very honoured to be selected as an International Election Observer. It is with pride that I have the opportunity to join fellow Canadians and others from the OSCE to play a role in fostering democratic principles of freedom and good governance at such a challenging time in Ukraine."
"Civic engagement and democracy are a passion of mine. I am excited to be putting my academic background in international relations and my experience volunteering, studying and working abroad to good use. Being a part of the Mission will provide an opportunity for me to learn as much as I can about electoral processes and observation."
"Many Ukrainians have been waiting for these upcoming elections since the Maidan protests. They believe the elections are a chance to restart the government and help President Poroshenko make systematic democratic reforms to propel the country forward."
"This is an important election for the people of Ukraine, and an important election for national and geopolitical stability. If there is going to be forward progress, then the October elections need to be viewed as legitimate by the people. This is why the work of the International Election Observation Mission is crucial. We are going as observers to make sure that the election that will be held is free and fair."
Short-term observers (STOs) deployment schedule:
Tuesday, 21 October Last date for arrival in Kyiv
Wednesday, 22 October STO briefing (Day 1)
Thursday, 23 October STO briefing (Day 2); deployment to the areas of observation for most STOs
Friday, 24 October Deployment to the areas of observation for some STOs; familiarization with areas of observation
Saturday, 25 October Familiarization with areas of observation
Sunday, 26 October Election Day
Monday, 27 October Observation of tabulation of results; regional debriefing of STOs
Tuesday, 28 October Observation of tabulation of results; some STOs return to Kyiv
Wednesday, 29 October Most STOs return to Kyiv; central STO debriefing; reception
Thursday, 30 October STO repatriation
|Local News : Obituary: Florencia DeSouza (88 years), Aldona, Goa, India
| on 2014/10/27 20:20:00 (382 reads)
The Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) and all its members offer their sincere condolences on the passing away of Florencia DeSouza, Mother of Jacintho/Freda DeSouza, Grand mother of Aaron, Craig, Gareth/Merlyn, on October 26, 2014 in Aldona, Goa, India.
Funeral cortege will leave her residence Castel Vaddo, Aldona, Goa on October 28, 2014 at 4pm to St. Thomas Church, Aldona for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial.
For details, please click: http://www.daijiworld.com/chan/ob_disp.asp?oid=6691
May God grant the strength and courage to Jacintho and Freda and their family to overcome this tragedy. Our prayers and support are with the family.
Mangalorean Association of Canada
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