Canada: Canara Cultural Centre inaugurated - First ever in North America

Gerry D’Mello

Daijiworld Media Network - Toronto

Toronto, Nov 12: Upholding ‘Serving the Community’ as a mission statement, the renowned Canara World Foundation Inc (CWF) laid the foundation for the Canara Cultural Centre at Oakville in Greater Toronto on November 10. That was the decade-old dream of CWF that became a reality with the visionary guidance of Fr Ranjan D’Sa, OCD of Mangaluru origin who is the pastor of St Dominic Parish in Oakville.

The Canara Cultural Centre (CCC), the first-of-its-kind in North America, was inaugurated by Fr Ranjan by cutting the decorated ribbon as witnessed by many Canarite Canadians residing in Toronto and its surrounding areas. Nancy Mendes who also compered the event welcomed the gathering.

Fr Ranjan in his inauguration address referred to the great historic leaders such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Julius Caesar and gave a clarion call to follow their leadership and influence the community in a positive way. He made a special appeal to the youth of the community to get ready to take up the baton and to inherit the rich Konkani tradition and culture.

Maxim Mendes, president of CWF, and Flavian Pinto, the founder member of the organization, highlighted the vision and mission of the newly born Cultural Centre. They narrated the objective of the centre to provide a common meeting place for the community members in order to interact and bring them together by:

• Creating a common place for our seniors to meet and greet;
• Nurturing our youth by creating an avenue to socialize;
• Welcoming and helping the new immigrants to integrate into our community;
• Conducting educational seminars on important aspects; and
• Providing ongoing cultural entertainment for all.

The facility has a hall which can accommodate approximately 150 people, with separate rooms for seniors, Table Tennis, Billiards, Carom board, Board games, Card games, etc. The centre will be a place for all the seniors to meet and greet each other, socialize amongst themselves, watch movies, go for outings etc. Another important focus of the centre will be to nurture youth by having a meeting place, sports and social events - and more importantly - to inculcate traditional culture. There are thousands of immigrants from Mangaluru and many more are in the process of immigration; the centre will welcome them and help them to integrate within Canadian society. Periodical educational seminars will be held at the venue on important topics such as tax, estate planning and other financial matters. The centre will also promote culture by having events of common interest such as dancing sessions and entertainment programme.

There was a lot of enthusiasm at the inauguration. Many expressed enormous joy and their eagerness to join the centre to use the facility for a very nominal yearly subscription. Many of them instantly registered their names to become the members of CCC. The membership can also be available online by visiting their website:

The Canara Cultural Centre is a great accomplishment for CWF. Since its inception in 2005, it has been successful in fulfilling its strong objectives and visions. Some of its objectives were to promote the rich Konkani culture, heritage and to create a platform for the community members to exhibit their talents through various initiatives like bringing in artists from overseas, seeking and grooming talent, and educating the members of the community in Canada. This venue will certainly enhance their initiatives. CWF invites all the community members to utilize the amenities that the Centre offers.

During this auspicious occasion, CCC celebrated the birthdays of guests who were born in November. Incidentally, Paul Mathias, one of the great community leaders who celebrated his 71st Birthday the very same day, expressed his joy over the birth of CCC and that his dream of 21 years has finally come true.

The programme concluded with a question and answers session followed by the serving of delicious snacks.


Comment on this article

  • Romeo Jack Barbosa, Goa, Toronto.

    Wed, Nov 13 2019

    Hey Max, Nancy and Flavian,

    You guys have set a very good example for others to follow. When you do good without expectations, it always comes back to you many folds and compounded. I know you personally and I know you take risks for others when there is nothing in it for you.

    May God bless you guys and all that you touch. We all have a lot to learn from you.

    Romeo and Ophelia.

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  • Kevin Misquith, Surathkal/Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Congratulations Canara world foundation for this great achievement . This is historic. Thanks to you for giving this to the Mangalorean community of Canada. You are doing a great job of keeping the Mangalorean culture , language alive in Canada & bringing all Mangalorean's together, all thanks to you. This community centre is one more feather on your cap, I know the work of CWF for the past several years & only CWF under the able leadership of Max, Flavian and all other able Members could do it, Kudos to you for this great achievement. Regards to all my friends at CWF.

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  • NN, NN

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Santan, you perhaps do not know the senior citizen life in the West. It is not like crowded Bombay life where you move touching your shoulders and belly buttons. Senior citizens life in the west is cloistered and many live in empty nests. They need this kind of recreational centers to come out and interact with people. Birds of same feather flock together easily and hence this CCC. Jhootha, patloon, laal topi all are part of their achievements.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Our best wishes to each and everyone who has initiated the formation of Canara Culture Center in Toronto, Canada. Thanks to Fr. Ranjan for his leadership in creating the new enthusiasm. It requires lots of hard work to create gatherings such as this, and make it successful in order to benefit people of all backgrounds and cultures.

    Do keep us informed on any of your future gatherings so that if and when we get an opportunity we will be delighted to join you all.

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  • Patricia Pinto-Lewis, Kinnigoli, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Heartiest congratulations to CWF on the inauguration of Canada Cultural Center.

    It gives me immense joy to know that our community is able to create something as great as this to link people and help them make connections and create a great platform for our youth, seniors, young parents, children and new immigrants and promote our Konkani language and rich culture and showcase talents of our community.

    A big thank you to our founders for chasing this dream for us. Looking forward for fun filled events and opportunities to make connections.

    Dev bhorain karoon.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    I have no words to express. Canara Cultural Centre was very much needed for all Indians in Canada. All Indians in Canada can have many events during festive seasons as they have in New York and other states in US.

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  • Jeevan Edward Vas, Ujire / Dubai

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Three cheers to Canara World Foundation - Canada, for the great achievement. Canara Culture Centre will be a place where families will be able to gather and share the love and happiness.

    I congratulate all who have worked towards making this dream come true.

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  • Morvine Quadras, Kuwait/ Barkur

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Congratulations & kudos to Canara World Foundation under the leadership of Mr. Max Mendis & Mr.Flavian Pinto.I have personally experienced your great love & dedication towards konkani & your great vision during my visit to canada.

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  • Anita Bantwal, Canada

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Congratulations CWF for opening the Canadian Cultural Centre which was much needed for our community for the Seniors and the Youth to meet, exchange their thoughts and be together. Really a wonderful initiative.

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Congratulations on the founding of CCC. Besides the laudable activities I wish the CCC would promote Konkani language especially among the second generation immigrants.

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  • Arun, Taccode

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Congratulations CWF. It's a great step in community building. Senior citizens
    In our community got a chance to meet, greet and share their thoughts. All the best

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  • Vishal, Puttur

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Congratulations. As you say it was a long dream, you have reached a milestone. So Canara cultural centre. All the best. Keep good contact with our Canara and Mangalore. Arrange exchanges too. Good work.

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  • JL, india

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Since many of our youth migrating to foreign land. maintaining connections with tradition and culture back home is faroff dream. Hence this is need of hour. unlike other communities our catholics shy from speaking their language, enjoying their traditions,customs, dont understand why? Without our roots we are floating foundations. Our language traditions, customs are unique and cannot be replicated. Infact foreigners are more interested in our traditions and customs then we brown internationals.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 12 2019

    Mera jhootha hai Japani
    Ye patloon englishthani
    Shir pe Laal topi roosi
    Phir bhi Dil hai hindustani

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