One of the highlights of being president of the National Bangladeshi-Canadian Council is meeting the countless Bangladeshi-Canadians who demonstrate our community’s ability to produce some of Canada’s best minds and most talented individuals. We continue to make a meaningful contribution to the Canadian society and foster a dynamic community that cares for its members from cradle to grave. Our community develops Canadian business leaders, helps those less fortunate, provides a vibrant cultural life, supports settlement and integration for new immigrants, cares for its elderly, and educates and mentors its young. We truly have a vibrant and caring community to be proud of. The Council together with its organization's members are at the focal point with a mandate to lead, coordinate and represent our rich and dynamic community.
This year is an important milestone for our community as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bangladeshi settlement in Canada. As always, we face a number of exciting challenges and opportunities. With a new Bangladeshi government, our community, together with the Government of Canada must proactively engage Bangladeshis at both the government and non-government levels if we hope that Bangladeshis will continue developing its democratic institutions, economic stability, civil society and national identity. There is no question that a meaningful relationship with Bangladesh will have a positive influence on our community and for the future of Bangladeshi-Canadians for decades to come.
We must at the same time be mindful of our community’s needs. We will continue to revitalize communities across Canada by engaging our constituents through traditional and non-traditional channels such as digital and social media. We are engaging our community in new ways with the establishment of a number of grassroots focused initiatives, such a National Bangladesh Arts Council, National Bangla Academy Council, National Sports Committee and National Youth Advisory Council. We are working with some of the most prominent supporters of our community to establish NBCC National Advisory Council.
We are excited that some of our prominent members has taken on the role of Executive teams of the Council and we anticipate opening a NBCC National Office in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Saskatoon and Alberta this fall where we can be closer to national decision makers. With all these new and significant initiatives, we have doubled our operating budget and need your support to help our community reach its full potential. Your financial contribution to the NBCC National Fund will go a long way to helping us achieve that goal. I look forward to working with you to make a difference for the benefit of our community.
President of NBCC