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CTC holds Thai Pongal dinner

The Canadian Tamil Congress's (CTC) held its ninth annual Thai Pongal dinner on January 16 at the Hilton Suites in Markham.

Attended by approximately 1000 people, the event showcased Tamil arts, culture and highlighted CTC's achievements in 2015.


Third from left: Gary Anandasangaree MP, Foreign Minister Stephane Dion, Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, President GTF, Mrs. Anandasangaree, M.A.Sumanthiran MP and Suren Surendiran of GTF

Several political leaders, elected officials and community leaders including the Canadian Foreign Minister, Stephane Dion, Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory, Global Tamil Forum (GTF) President Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, GTF Spokesperson, Suren Surendiran and Canadian ministers graced the occasion.

Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion brought the greetings message from Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Three awards were presented at the event.

The 'Service Excellence Award' was awarded to Ratheesan Yoganatan, President and CEO of Lebara.

The 'Leaders for Change Award' was presented to John Cartwright, President of Toronto and York region Labour Council.

'The Living Hero Award' was presented to Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Opposition Leader of Parliament in Sri Lanka. TNA Spokesman and Parliamentarian, M. A. Sumanthiran, accepted the award on behalf of his leader.

The event also included a captivating dance performance by students of Niro Dance Creations and a youth performance by the Centre for Leadership and Innovation (CFLI).

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