ANNOUNCEMENTS

10th Know Goa Programme 2017

 

The 10th Know Goa Programme 2017 is scheduled to be held from November 30 to December 14th, 2017.  It is intended for students and young professionals in the age group of 18 to 28 years who have distinguished themselves in various fields and who have shown an abiding interest in Goa and in India.  The participants will get an opportunity to visit premier educational, cultural, historical and industrial places of interest, besides interacting with local youth and elected representatives at the grass root level, and meet State and Central Government dignitaries. 


Office of the Commissioner for NRI Affairs,

GOVERNMENT OF GOA


June 08, 2017

To,

Goan Overseas Association

Subject: 10th Know Goa Programme 2017

The Government of Goa, Department of NRI Affairs presents compliments and seeks support and assistance of the  Indian Missions  and the Goan Overseas Associations to promote the “Know Goa Programme (KGP)” formulated for the benefit of Goan Diaspora Youth who are not Indian Nationals but whose parents and/or grandparents are of Indian origin, and have had no opportunity to discover their roots in India in general and Goa in particular.

The 10th Know Goa Programme 2017 is scheduled to be held from November 30 to December 14th, 2017.  It is intended for students and young professionals in the age group of 18 to 28 years who have distinguished themselves in various fields and who have shown an abiding interest in Goa and in India.  The participants will get an opportunity to visit premier educational, cultural, historical and industrial places of interest, besides interacting with local youth and elected representatives at the grass root level, and meet State and Central Government dignitaries.   

During their stay in Goa from 30th November to 10th December 2017, they will also get an opportunity to call on the Honourable Governor of Goa, the Chief Minister, the Dy. Chief Minister, Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly and the Commissioner for NRI Affairs. The participants will be escorted to Delhi on 10th December 2017.  The programme in Delhi will be chalked out in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs (Overseas Indians – II Division) and will conclude with visit to World Heritage Monuments at Agra on 13th December 2017 before the participants depart to their respective countries on the 13th /14th of December 2017.

The Government of Goa will bear 90% of the total cost of the air ticket at the lowest economy excursion fare from the home country of the participant to India and back as well as the cost of all local travel and accommodation including meals.  

The application form with terms and conditions and the eligibility criteria can be viewed from the link below.

Interested participants are requested to complete the application package by August 152017.

Yours sincerely, 

(Melvyn A. Vaz)

 Director, NRI Affairs

Pleasepdf_btn click here to download Full Brief and Application Form


Jonathan DeSouza Runs for Canada at Youth Commonwealth Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua DeSouza has been selected to the Canadian team for the Youth Commonwealth Games in July in The Bahamas. DeSouza, will run the 3,000 metres.

He is ranked No. 1 in Canada for youth with a time of 8:30.89, which he ran at the nationals in August in Ste. Therese, QUE.…

His twin brother Jonathan just missed qualifying for the event. He is ranked No. 2 in Canada in the 1,500m. Athletics Canada had set standards of 8:42.00 in the 3,000m and 3:58.50 in the 1,500.

Jonathan’s personal best is 3:59.23. Both attend St. Marguerite d’Youville and run for the Newmarket Huskies. The Commonwealth Youth Games are set for July 19 to 23. The event is expected to include 1,300 athletes aged 14 to 18.

Joshua and Jonathan are the sons of Savio and Arlene. Savio’s parents are Ted and Margaret who emigrated to Canada in 1970 from Mombasa.


Ryan and Flavin Alemao

Ordination of Favin & Ryan Alemao Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, Toronto

Scarborough, Ontario: we ask that you pray for our five soon-to-be priests … The names of the men being ordained are: Rev. Mr. Favin Alemao, Rev. Mr. Ryan Alemao …
Fr. Favin Alemao’s First Mass. Sun May 14 2017 at 11:00 am. Venue St Edward Catholic Church, 75 Churchill Ave, Toronto, Canada. After my Ordination to the Sacred Presbyterate on May 13th, I will celebrate my first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Edward the Confessor Parish. You are all invited. This is an open event; you do not need a ticket to attend this Mass. A reception will be held in the Church Hall afterwards…  For further details click here
Video: Meet Rev. Favin Alemao, who is being ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Toronto on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica… 1m. 0s. Click here.
Video: Rev. Ryan Alemao’s vocation story … 0m. 59s. Click here
Goan Voice 21 Mar. 2017: Road to priesthood started with a simple question … [Favin and Ryan are the sons of Felix and late Alice Alemao (Ex Sinquerim, Goa] … click here

Catholic Register

Story One      Story Two


Nigel is Not Giving Up

…help us continue the fight!

The Story

My name is Sonia and I have the pleasure of living next door to Nigel and Rochelle and their two sons Josh & Liam for the last several years. When my family moved into the neighbourhood Nigel and Rochelle were one of the first neighbours to welcome us into the community and show my family the warmth and compassion that I want to show them now.

This is a family that is deeply invested in their community, Nigel is a hockey coach and is always looking for different ways to engage the family in activities.

4 years ago the beautiful couple found out they were expecting Liam, it’s one of the happiest memories they share together and just days later the joy, excitement and anticipation was quickly replaced by tears, anger and fear when Nigel was diagnosed with stage 4 appendiceal cancer.

Nigel began treatment to battle the disease and while it took a physical toll on his body he was still the warm and caring individual my family got to know over the years.

Please Read More…


Tara Surgery Appeal

Tara is my vibrant 18 year old, who has just started studying biochemistry at the University of Waterloo. She was born with a paralyzed left hand as a result of delivery trauma and at age one, we brought her to Canada to undergo a surgery to restore mobility to her hand. We immigrated to Canada in 2002. In 2007 at age nine, fate dealt her a tragic blow in the form of Flesh eating disease (Necrotizing fasciitis). Unfortunately, the disease was diagnosed very late resulting in her losing her left leg with a high above knee amputation. Initial prognosis indicated she would not walk unassisted but Tara’s determination and the encouragement from family and friends and support from the Holland Bloorview Rehab Centre saw Tara walking in a few short months. The nature of the amputation resulted in an uncomfortable fit of the artificial limb which meant frequent adjustments and changes. The Prosthetist has worked zealously with Tara trialing various sockets and means of suspension and each time they thought they were finding a solution only to fail a few months later.

This frequent discomfort and difficulties has not quelled Tara’s competitive spirit. In fact it has only strengthened her resolve to overcome her struggles to meet the world on even terms. Tara has grown to become a competitive swimmer, she ski’s in the winter and goes camping & canoeing in the summer, like every teenager with a zest for life. Despite the immobility of the left hand she has learned to play the piano and guitar, and has even knitted and crocheted hats and scarves to fund her own summer camp.

Her achievements include.

  • Canadian record holder in the 200 m butterfly – Para – S6 class
  • Para PanAm games 2015 tryouts and Paralympic 2016 tryouts for swimming.
  • Canada Cord (highest award in Girl Guides).
  • Duke of Ed Award – Gold
  • Mayor’s award for her contribution to the War Amps of Canada
  • Successfully completed the IB diploma and was in Deca (business club), IB Ensemble and Model UN, besides being a competitive swimmer and swimming five to seven times a week for two to three hours each session.

In the last year and a half, she has been having a string of difficulties with her prosthetic limb. The socket of the limb does not fit comfortably because the stump is too short and of irregular shape. This has resulted in calluses and sores on the stump that sometimes bleed. The fit of the prosthetic limb has other complications and recently she has had a few falls, confining her to a wheel chair and often to her room on campus. It has impacted her self-esteem, confidence and determination.

Last summer Tara visited Australia to consult with a surgeon, Dr. Munjed Al Muderis. He is an orthopedic surgeon specialising in hip, knee, and trauma, and osseointegration surgery. Osseointegration is a surgery where a rod is implanted into the bone and the prosthetic is fitted on to the rod very similar to a dental implant. During the consultation we also discovered Tara’s leg bone (femur) was only eight cm which may not provide a stable long term platform for osseointegration. Dr. Al Muderis recommended a bone lengthening procedure followed by the osseointegration. This procedure will increase her bone length allowing for the second procedure.

These surgeries are not offered in Canada. We had put in an application to the Canadian Government for funding but our application was declined because they consider the bone lengthening surgery experimental (only eight have been done in the world).

The cost of the Surgeries are 
Bone lengthening with the Precice nail -$AU 73,000
Osseointegration – $AU 117,000

We have decided to go ahead with the bone lengthening surgery, as we are confident that this would change her life and give Tara a chance to live independently as an adult. The bone lengthening surgery has been fixed for the 19th of January, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The 90 – day bone lengthening process starts in Australia and will be continued in Canada. After the bone lengthening process, there will be a six month to a year consolidation time for the lengthened bone to harden before proceeding with the osseointegration surgery.

We appeal to your generosity and would greatly appreciate any financial assistance to help fund these surgeries. No amount is too small. If the surgeries are successful and we have full faith they will be, Tara will once more strive to be a normal adult with a dignified life and her smile will light up all our lives knowing it would not have been possible without your help.

To showcase what Tara has achieved here are websites that Tara has appeared on:
http://www.citynews.ca/2007/12/13/mississauga-high-school-rallies-to-support-young-amputee/

TVO Kids – Marks Moments –
http://www.tvokids.com/videos/tara

Mississauga News Article –
http://www.mississauga.com/community-story/3119422-teen-is-a-champ/

CHCH News Burlington – War Amps Champs Seminar –
http://www.chch.com/war-amps-counsellor-shows-way/

Duke of Ed video-Not all learning happens in the classroom-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEC7ZHz474I

http://www.goatoronto.com/wp-content/uploads/GOA-Pulse-November-2014.pdf

Here are some details of the surgical procedures which will perhaps explain our choice to proceed with this innovative and pioneering technique.

http://www.almuderis.com.au/about/assoc-prof-al-muderis

http://www.almuderis.com.au/osseointegration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_X8PFJGrtA – bone lengthening with the Precice nail.