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to take part in the Toronto SuperCities Walk for MS
on Sunday, April 13th, at Sunnybrook Park

Check-in: 8:30 am       WALK Starts: 10:00 am

It's a fun, one-day, non-competitive, 5 and 10 km walk for a great cause!

Saturday April 17th 2004
Event: EASTER DANCE 2004
Organised by Friends Club Social Committee
Time 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Venue International Banquet Hall
5835 Kennedy Rd. Mississauga
(East of Kennedy/South of Britannia)
Tickets Adults $22; Children 5-12 yrs $15; Children 4 and under FREE

Friends Club Social Committee invites you, your family and friends to the Easter Celebration Dinner/Dance
Dance to the sounds of PAVE CONNECTION & DJ FATZ

Name Telephone Cell Email Address
Tony Da Costa 905.458.1215 416.894.7003
Akhtar Akram 905.270.6927 416.577.0693
Olavio Da Costa 905.803.0371 416.227.3099

Friday April 23rd 2004 (note change in date)  
Event: Meeting for Enrolment of Members & Election of Executive Committee
Organised by
Venue Our Lady of the Rosary Church (parish hall) 2950 Midland Ave,Scarborough (just south of Finch Ave)

The inaugural meeting was held on Wednesday November 26,2003, to form a seniors group (55+) serving the Scarborough/Pickering/Ajax/Markham/Thornhill/North York /Richmond Hill and York Region

The Steering Committee resulting from the meeting will be holding an enrolment/election meeting on April, 23rd, 2004 @ 7.30 p.m for the following:

  • to enroll members
  • to review and comment on the constitution of the organization
  • to elect the first Executive Committee
  • to plan activities and events.
Potential members have to pay a fee to be eligible to vote. The figure decided was $10 per person as an entrance fee and it will be non-refundable. A membership fee will also be charged and the membership year for 2004 will be from the Spring meeting to December.

Enrolment forms can be downloaded by clicking the Forms image below or go to https://goanvoice.ca/2004/issue6/fiftyfive_plus.doc

Please bring the completed enrolment form and the $10 enrolment fee to the meeting to be eligible for participating in the election of the new executive.

Those who are unable to attend can send the completed form and cash with a friend or relative to the meeting, while others, who cannot access a computer, can fill the form at the meeting.

For more information please call any of the following:
Enrolment Form
Cecil D’Cruz
 416 431 9549
Romero Dias,  905-884-9688
Elsie Fernandes,  416 286 8337
Claude Gomes,  416 299 0492
Or go to https://goanvoice.ca/2004/issue6/fiftyfive_plus.doc

Saturday, April 24th, 2004
Fund Raising Dinner Dance for Alison De Silva (now in recovery from a rare medical disorder)
Organised by

A fund raising dinner-dance for this amazing 17-year-old is the daughter of John and Rolina and sister to Caroline. In July 2000, at the age of 14, she contracted and was stricken with a rare disorder. She was rushed to the Hospital for Sick Kids on January 19, 2003 in critical condition. She has made miraculous progress and was discharged February 23, 2004. She is not completely "out of the woods" and is determined to fight this illness. Proceeds from this function will help in much needed equipment and home care.Alison will be attending to personally thanks everyone for your kindness and support.
Time: 6:00 P.M-1: 00 A.M
Cocktails :6:30 P.M
Dinner :7:30 P.M
Music by Naked Flame & DJ Carlito k&Live Entertainment Door and raffle prizes (Donations & prizes are welcome)
Cost: $30 per person (tables of ten)
Book early to avoid disappointment
For Tickets contact:
Delfine or Norman Da Costa 905-452-1295
For flier see https://goanvoice.ca/2004/issue5/miracles.htm

Saturday May 01st, 2004
Event: 34th Anniversary
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association

Join us at Strates Banquet Hall
Reception at 6:30pm
Sit-Down Dinner served at 7:30pm Sharp
Music supplied by the popular band: Goa Amigos
Tickets: MEMBERS $ 15, GUESTS $30
For tickets or additional information please call:

Natalie Dias @ 416.576-7251
Central Conrad Pow @ 416.277.8093
  Seira Furtado @ 416.695.3239
West Faye Aguair @ 905.824.2945

Saturday May 22nd, 2004
Event: A Marian pilgramage to Our Lady of Velankani
Organised by Goan Association of NJ

The Goan Association of NJ, Inc. is planning a Marian pilgramage to Our Lady of Velankani at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, DC on Saturday, May 22. The pilgramage will include mass, rosary, a tour of the Cathedral and its crypt and the adjoining John Paul II Museum.
Departure by bus will be at 7:30 AM and return by 9 pm from Central New Jersey.
Pick up will also include Delaware residents.
Cost will be $24 per seat if all 49 seats are taken. The bus company needs to know by March 8, 2004.
If you are interested, please send your check to the Goan Association of New Jersey Inc, P.O. Box 335, Cranbury, NJ 08512, by March 1, 2004.
If the required seats to fill one or two buses are not taken, we will still go on the pilgrimage, but car pools will need to be organized. Lunch is available at the Shrine cafeteria or can be brown bagged. If you have never been on this pilgrimage or taken the tours, they are well worth your investment in time and money. So sign up and give your spiritual side a
For details call Mike Alvares at (302) 239-3147 or email

Sunday May 30th, 2004
Event: The Feast of the Holy Spirit
Organised by Celebrated by the Villagers of Margao

Venue: International Banquet Hall
5835 Kennedy Road, Mississauga
(East of Kennedy/South of Britannia

Live Band "Shade" & DJ "Fatz"

For tickets contact:

Rosie Cabral 416-494-4540 Tony Fernandes 416-568-3289
Sara Ferrao 905-569-6609 Tony D'Cunha 905-567-6460
Ethena Silveira 905-785-1505    

Sunday June 13rd, 2004
Event: The Feast of St. Thomas 29th Annual Aldona Social
Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke, OntarioMass: 12:00 p.m. sharpDance to the music of DJ Fatz
Tickets: (Purchased before May 27)  
Adults: $27.00 Children: (ages 4 -12) $10.00 (3 and under free )
Tickets: (Purchased after May 28)  
Adults: $37.00 Children: (ages 4 -12) $15.00
Appetizers Onion Bhajias/ Pakoras
Caldo Verde SoupVeal ParmagianShrimp MasalaHot & Spicy Chili Chicken Singapore Style NoodlesVegetable Fried RicePlain RiceEggplant Curry Tossed SaladRoast PotatoesItalian Mixed VegetablesVegetable TrayDinner rolls
Assorted Fruit Platter Caramel Pudding Pineapple Pluf Assorted Cakes Jello Coffee & Tea
Children's menu
For further information contact:
Fiona Pinto-De Souza - President 905-278-1403
Trevor De Souza - Treasurer 416-497-4386

Saturday July 3rd, 2004
Event: Grand Reunion of BMX

The St. Britto’s, St. Mary’s and St. Xaviers college of Mapuca are having a Grand Reunion on July 31 in Toronto , with ex-students expected from UK, Goa, Austraila, Spain, US, etc…

For further info. please contact the President of BMX, Mr. Joe Nunes at

Saturday July 3rd-5th Monday, 2004
Event: 7th biennial GOA convention in Toronto
Organised by Goan Organization of America

Convention venue in Toronto: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conf Center.
Call the hotel at 905-639-4443 before June 1, 2004 to get the reduced rate of $US74 per night for standard room - up to 4 adults. To get the reduced rate mention "Goan Organization of America".
Cost to attend convention, including meals but not hotel:

BEFORE May 15, 2004, US$139 for ages 13 & over: US$69 for ages 5-12; under 5 free.
AFTER May 15, 2004, US$150 for ages 13 & over: US$69 for ages 5-12; under 5 free.
Contact: Guirish Sardesai at 905-639-7369 or email: for more information and to register.

Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Event: Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
Organised by St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar

Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like to get on the mailing list please write to me asap. Jo Birkmeyer

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