TCASD 'Lights of Hope' Charity Gala 2016
"It was that time of the year again; for the Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham's 'Lights of Hope' Charity Gala. This wasn't the second or third year TCASD was hosting their gala, but it was TCASD's 7th year successfully hosting their charity gala. Every year, our goal is to support a social cause in our community.
This year we chose Indspire, which is a "charitable organization that is dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide tools for indigenous peoples”. In the past years we've supported CAMH, the Rouge Valley Health System, and back home in Vanni, Sri Lanka. The purpose of our event is to simply give back, by not only supporting these organizations by donating money, but by also raising awareness. What was unique about this year's gala is that it was 'for the youth, by the youth'. Our youth were the ones who initially brought up the idea to support indigenous people. TCASD immediately approved of this idea and were proud to see the youth wanting to support people regardless of what their background, religion, etc. were.
On September, 24th, our 'starry night' themed gala was held at the beautiful Tosca Banquet Hall. Guests were welcomed by delightful music played by youth from our community. We enjoyed performances by All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle and, of course, our very own youth. Untouchable Sound Crew did an awesome job being our DJs for the night.
Dignitaries and special guests graced us with their presence that night and the event was hosted by two of TCASD's youth, one of them being yours truly, and Meena Shanmuganathan, who have just entered their final year in high school. Finally, the dance floor opened up and everyone got up from their seats and let they go into the night. I must say, our guests were fantastic dancers and even our youth and executive team members came out of their shell and danced the night away.
The best part was that everyone had an amazing night to remember and we enjoyed it as we gave back to a significant social cause. But, this gala would not have been such a success without the executive team and gala committee. The team worked so hard, even with their busy school/work schedules, but their hard work definitely paid off. If you're thinking that you missed out on this year's gala, we would be more than happy to see you next year for another incredible night".
Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham
TCASD Charity Gala Event 2016
Save the Date Announcement
Sparkly new dress still in the back of your closet? Need a good dancing fix? Are you waiting for one more amazing event to close off your summer? The Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham has you covered.
We are proud to announce a date for our highly anticipated annual charity gala, “A Starry Night”! This year’s gala will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Tosca Banquet Hall in Oshawa. We have some dazzling surprises for the evening that you won’t want to miss, and a great cause being supported.
See the flyer below and mark your calendars now. Details will be announced shortly, but be sure to check our Facebook page, and Instagram for the most up to date details as they become available.
We’re exciting to share so much more, but for now we’ll let you contemplate your outfit for a beautiful night under the stars.
TCASD Awards Ceremony 2016
Durham Youth Leadership Program Graduation Ceremony
Over the past four months, the youth members of TCASD have been participating in the first semester of DYLP which commenced in February and will finish at the end of May. As a completion custom, we will be hosting a graduation ceremony on June 11 to honour their hard work and commitment to the program.
Come out and see what was taught and learned by our little leaders!!! We will be taking new students for second semester Sept - Nov 2016!
TCASD Seniors Gathering 2016
On Sunday May 29, the Tamil cultural and academic society of Durham held its first Seniors social gathering of 2016. It was organized by the senior wing head, Mrs. Rajesh Muttiah, at the Ontario Power Generation (OPG). The gathering was filled with performances, guest speakers and of course some home prepared delicios snacks. Guest speakers included Dr. Ranjith Mahendranathan, Ms.Bahi Krishnakanthan, Mrs Vana Dineshkumar, and Mr & Mrs Poopalasingam. Dr.Ranjith Mahendranathan, who is a well known chiropractor in Ajax spoke about healthy eating and tips for reducing joint pains. Performances included a bharathanatyam dance piece by Srimathi Anushiya Sandrasegaram's students and Aparana Atputharajah, who serenaded the crowd with her soft precious vocals by singing a classic cinema song, 'Chitu Kuruvi'. Each senior had the pleasure of introducing themselves to the 'senior-seniors' and 'junior-seniors' that attended. The seniors were able to mingle, share some laughs, and reminisce on their days back home. Mr & Mrs Poopalasingam, entertain the audience with songs and poems, which was very interesting and everyone participated and enjoyed the singing. The seniors were also given the opportunity to participate in some yoga exercises conducted by Mrs. Vana Dineshkumar. This allowed them to feel more relaxed and at ease. They were able to learn some useful and easy breathing exercises to help them calm their mind, body and soul. For more upcoming events hosted by the Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham visit www.tamilsociety.ca or our Facebook page.
TCASD Seniors Social Get Together
To our valued TCASD Members,
It is with great pleasure that we announce the beginning of another exciting new venture for TCASD! TCASD's seniors wing, headed by Rajesh Muttiah, is proud to announce its first get together of the year. This is an open invitation to all seniors looking to meet new people and engage in some interesting activities. If you know a senior that could use a little more excitement in their life, then participation in this get together and future events is definitely something you will want to mark off on your calendars! Please see below the attached flyer for more details, and feel free to pass along this invitation to all of your loved ones!
TCASD Seniors Social Get Together
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Ontario Power Generation, 1675 Montgomery Park Road, Pickering, ON, L1V 2R5
Seniors will be able to engage with one another, hear from a guest speaker, participate in fun activities, and so much more!
For more information, questions, or concerns, please contact us at: (905) 428-9774 or email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing all of our active seniors at the upcoming event!
TCASD Mother's Day Vigil 2016 Messages
Thank you Hon Tracy MacCharles, MPP (Pickering—Scarborough East)
Current Parliamentary Roles: Minister of Children and Youth Services ; Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, who was honoring TCASD Mother's Day Peace Vigil with her presence and certificate with a great message as follows:
'Today's event is dedicated to those who have experienced health challenges, violence, poverty and loss of loved ones. Let us gather to remember, and to embrace the strong message of peace and unity within our community'.
Thank you Hon Joe Dickson, MPP - Ajax-Pickering, who was honoring TCASD Mother's Day Peace Vigil with his presence and certificate with a great message as follows: 'This event shows us how people from our community can unite and work together, to send a strong message of Unity and Peace'.
TCASD COMPETITION 2016 - ENTER NOW TO WIN
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FINAL DATE FOR REGISTRATION WILL BE APRIL 29TH 2016
TCASD Mother's Day Peace Vigil 2016
The TCASD team believes that when we gather together, we can send a strong message of unity and peace amongst the community. This will give the community an opportunity to express together our commitment to continue to work for peace and harmony.