The 14th annual celebrations were held at the Rasheed Subhani Hall, 6680 Campobello Road, Mississauga, Ontario. Canada Day and the Independence Day of the United States of America were celebrated together for the third time.
Mr. Aadeel Haleem, Reporter, OMNI News – South Asian Edition was the Master of Ceremonies again this year. Mayor Hazel Mccallion of Mississauga was selected as the Award Recipient and the Keynote Speaker. Unfortunately, she felt very ill that evening and could not attend. The plaque and the gift that were to be presented to her were accepted by Councillor Ron Starr on her behalf.
The inscription on the plaque was as follows: “IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AS THE LONGEST SERVING MAYOR OF THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA AND YOUR PASSION TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY.”
The National Anthem for Canada was recited by Dilshaan Panjwani at the beginning of the event and also at midnight when the two cakes, one with the Canadian flag and the second one with the American flag, were cut to celebrate the two countries’ birthdays. Acting Consul General Ms. Patricia Fietz attended along with Kathleen Canning, Legal Attachee, US Consulate..
Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP., Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Muticulturism, extended his warmest greetings to all those attending. He said that “by bringing the community together to mark this day, the Progressive Muslims of Canada uphold our countries values and serve as an example of successful integration.” The message was read by M.P. Brad Butt.
Many elected representatives from the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments and from the Regional Police Services attended.
We are grateful to all those who sponsored tables. They are:
Platinum tables were sponsored by Mr. Charles Coffey, O.C., Darveshali Group of Companies, and TD BANK.
Gold tables by Dr. Dilkhush Panjwani & Family and Dr. Najmul Siddiqui
Silver tables by Mr. Faisal Rasheed, Ismaili Council for Ontario, KPMG LLP.
Regular tables by Mr. Adnan Noureddine, Mr. Badar R. Shamim, Mr. Dilawar Shaban, Faith of Life Network/Sayeda Khadija Centre, Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham, Mrs. Ghalia Hanif & Mr. Sajjad Hanif, Harmonic Electrical Solutions, Moiz Hassan (APMC Life Member), PhoneTek Inc., Sheila Juma, Transglobal Systems of Canada