NBCC Hosts Parc-Ex 139th Canada Day Celebration -2006 with barbecue!
Canada flags fluttered in the wind while children sang the national anthem of Canada, They were lead by Peuli Chowdhury.
It's the biggest party in Parc-Ex. Thousands of people attended with their children dressed in traditional costumes who crowded onto the lawns in front of Loblaw supermarket on top of metro Parc on Saturday July 1st to celebrate Canada's 139th birthday.
People cheered and waved flags under the sunny sky as children participate in various competitions like art, a Canada-themed quiz, and races while entertainers performed with DJ sound and Indian and Bangladeshi dances performed by, for example, theKattiani Adhikari group and 5-year-old girl named Sonia. In the crowd, adults, children and young families waving flags enjoyed the party atmosphere. Canada flags fluttered in the wind while children sang the national anthem of Canada, They were lead by Peuli Chowdhury.
For the 3rd time hosted by National Bangladeshi-Canadian Council (NBCC), the Canada Day celebration at theGare Jean Talon Parc began around 1 p.m. till 10 p.m on Saturday. There was live music with free hot dog BBQ. For many youngsters, art and the Canada-themed quiz competition was the major attraction. For women, the ring toss and the race draw attention. It's a chance for us to show our pride and origin of Canadian history to our new Canadian generation as well as setting a bridge from now to the future to unite our multicultural-Canadian community in Canada.
Vice President of the organization, Zamal Naser, told the audience: "Everything that we're doing here, we're doing for your children and your future dreams, which are going to lead us in the near future. It's important that they grow up with the things that many of us didn't have.''
It was also attended by the City of Montreal Mayor Official representative councilor Jocelyn Campbell and Canadian ex-environment Minister and MP Stephane Dion, sending a special message to Parc-Ex 's citizens.
Monir Hossain. President of NBCC and coordinator of the Parc-Ex Canada Day Celebration, told the audience: “This is what the Bangladeshi Canadian Council is trying hard for: to integrate the Bangladeshi Canadian community into the Canadian as well Quebec social systems”.
He said, "This is for the children". And indeed, children and youth were the central force to our community's strength and they are the future of our community. Many of them were accompanied by their parents to know about Canada's great history.
On behalf of Bangladeashi community, he would like to thank local businesses who came forward at such short notice to sponsor the cost of foods and insurance, especially CBC television , News at Six, Radio One 88.5 teams and Weekly Bangla Reporter, Weekly Samoy, Bharat Times, Pragati,
Michel Beaudin from City of Montreal (sector Parc Extension), Qaiser Chaudhry from Remax, Real Estate Agent, Director of Loblaws George Guzmas, Editors
and publishers of Nouvelles Parc- Extension, Spiro Koutsouris Pharmacist (Loblaws), Mrs Nirvishi Jawaheer Pharmacist, Owner of Jean Coutu Nick Sakarmountzos, PEYO, Jo-An Jette(PEYO), Doris Baker (PEYO), Greg (PEYO), Nelson Osse (Loisirs du Parc), Police Station-33, Rashid Abdur, Far west Enterprise, Nizam Uddin (HSQ).
Thanks to all the volunteers, especially PEYO and young groups of volunteers. He says his goal is to hold a bigger and better celebration of Canada Day next year.