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TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL EID-UL-ADHA EID CELEBRATIONS AT PARLIAMENT HILL ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
The celebrations were held in the new Room 200 in the Sir John Mcdonald Building on Wellington Street. The Keynote Speaker was His Excellency Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India,Nepal and Kingdom of Bhutan. Retired Chief Armand La Barge was the Master of Ceremonies.
Many Members of Parliament attended. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in New York at the United Nations, Hon. William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance represented the Government. Hon. Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons also attended.
Mr. Tom Mulcair, Leader of the New Democratic Party brought greetings from his party. Mr. Garnett Genuis, M.P. brought greeting from the leader of the Conservative Party, the Official Opposition.
Mayor Jim Watson who has been at many of our past celebrations and is supporting the Iftar dinners at the Ottawa city Hall, also attended..
Ambassadors of Germany, Thailand, Turkey attended with their wives. High Commissioners for Brunei Daresalam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka attended with several other senior Diplomats from United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, United States of America and Turkey..
His Excellency Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio, Ambassador of Holy Sea (Vatican) said Grace before dinner.
Sandulak's polar bears were presented to both H. E. Nadir Patel and H. E. Luigi Bonazzi.
Goldy Hyder introduced H.E. Nadir Patel. The keynote address was very interesting as it was about Canada's role in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
As in the past, many drove from Toronto to attend these celebrations.
Here are some pictures from the event.
|Sajjad Hanif and Yumna Siddiqi, APMC officers at Registration||Head table- L-R: Minister William Morneau, Goldy Hyder, Tom Mulcair, Ambassador Bonazzi, Hon. Geoff Regan, Mayor Jim Watson, Mobeen Khaja|
|Dick Custin, US Embassy, Ambassador Bonazzi, Chief Mario Harel (Gatineau Police) and Mobeen Khaja||Mobeen Khaja, H.E. Ahmad Jawad (Sri Lanka) H.E. Nadir Patel and Goldy Hyder, President and CEO Hill + Knowlton Strategies|
|Mobeen Khaja, Minister W. Morneau and H. E. Werner Wnendt (Germany)||Mobeen Khaja, H. E. Selcuk Unal (Turkey) Mrs. Unal, Yumna Siddiqi, Ali Siddiqui|
|NDP Leader, Tom Mulcair, Mrs. Wnendt and H. E. Werner Wnendt||Najmul Siddiqui (APMC Director) Mobeen Khaja, Khalid Usman, Faiz Mohydin, Nasir Ahmed and Shafique Malik drove from Toronto to attend|
|Mobeen Khaja presenting gift to H. E. Nadir Patel after his Keynote Speech||Mobeen Khaja presenting gift to Ambassador Luigi Bonazzi after he said "Grace'|
|Hon. W. Morneau,, Nasir Ahmed, H.E. Kamal Pasha Ahmed (Brunei) Khalid Usman, Najmul Siddiqui and Liak Ali Khan||Chief Mario Harel, Professor Errol Mendez (Law Ottawa University) John McKay, MP. and Mobeen Khaja|
|H.E. Kamal Pasha Ahmed (Brunei), Mobeen Khaja, H. E. Luigi Bonazzi and Inran Hasan (APMC Director)||H. E. Vijayvat Isarabhakdi (Thailand) with wife,Wannipa and H. E. Luigi Bonazzi|
|Yumna Siddiqi (APMC Secretary ) speaking about Youth Initiatives after Mobeen Khaja's welcome address||Dr. Ken Ng (Chairman FCCM) H. E. Vijayvat Isarabhakdi and Emily Ng (sitting)|
|Dr. Ken Ng (Chairman Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM) saying a few words about the partnership with APMC for the Taste of Asia Festival||Zul Kassamali, (APMC VP) giving the vote of thanks|
|Dawoodi Bohra Jamat of Toronto : Mansur Kanchwala (Trustee) Shaikh Aliasger Ujjainwala (President) Aziz Dohadwala (Secretary) Jainul Abedin (Joint Secretary) Habib Tawawala (Public Relations)||Mobeen
Khaja, Chief Armand La Barge (APMC Advisory Board Member
and MC for the evening) and Goldy Hyder