More than 300 mark Fiji Day

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More than 300 peo­ple cel­e­brated Fiji’s 46th In­de­pen­dence Day with great fan­fare at the River­side Ban­quet Hall in Surrey, Bri­tish Columbia. De­spite the heavy rain and a storm warn­ing, the Pro­gres­sive In­ter­cul­tural Com­mu­nity Ser­vices So­ci­ety ( PICS) hall in Cloverdale was packed for the oc­ca­sion. The chief guest for the evening was newly ap­pointed Fi­jian High Com­mis­sioner, Solo Mara, for whom this was his first of­fi­cial visit as High Com­mis­sioner. “I am re­ally im­pressed with the Fi­jian com­mu­nity who has set­tled so well in Canada,” Mr Mara said when he opened the cel­e­bra­tions. “I am de­lighted to note the progress they have made in this coun­try and the way they con­tinue to con­trib­ute to Fi­jian so­ci­ety, as well as to their moth­er­land Fiji.” He in­vited Fiji- Cana­di­ans to rapidly pro­gress­ing Fiji and asked them to con­trib­ute to it’s econ­omy. The event was em­ceed by Global TV’s Shanel Pratap who kicked off the event with a sym­bolic Fi­jian Kava drink­ing cer­e­mony per­formed by the iTaukei. The dig­ni­taries rec­og­nized in the cel­e­bra­tions were Mr Mara, Harry Bains ( MLA), Bobby Naicker, Dr Cha­ran Gill and K S Naicker. Prom­i­nent mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who had done re­mark­able com­mu­nity work were also awarded with plaques. Bobby Naicker, Atish Ram and Shobna Prasad were pre­sented with com­mu­nity ser­vice awards. Dr Cha­ran Gill, CEO PICS was pre­sented an award for his con­tri­bu­tion to the South Asian Com­mu­nity and Mr Mara was also given a plaque of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Through the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions of the Fi­jian com­mu­nity the event man­aged to raise a to­tal of $ 5001.25 for PICS Diver­sity Vil­lage, which will be built to meet the so­cial, cul­tural and di­etary needs of mem­bers of the mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity. PICS Diver­sity Vil­lage will be a 140 bed com­plex care home built in the com­mu­nity of Cloverdale, and will be fully equipped to care for the el­derly who need per­son­al­ized at­ten­tion and care in a set­ting which is fa­mil­iar to them in the last years of their lives. Source: Kamilla Singh, Canada

Canada’s Fi­jian Com­mu­nity cel­e­brates Fiji’s 46th In­de­pen­dence Day at the River­side Ban­quet Hall in Surrey, Bri­tish Columbia.

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