An other successful
CANADA DAY CELEBRATION
July 1st 2009
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Dear Members and Friends
Our Story starts back in 1995 when Alfred and Lily Camilleri hosted a Canada Day BBQ at their Farmouse called IR-RAZZETT by the Xaghra Windmill called also Ta' Kola. It was a wonderful evening, music and lots of food. All present had showed interest to form some kind of a club, an organisation to orgainise the many returning emigrants to Gozo. There was already an association in Malta, but there was a strong feeling that the Gozitan returning emigrants should be an identy and have their own association,
What happened from that time, it's commented by our Secretary Mr. Alfred Camilleri in his first editorial in the first News Letter dated in June 1997. Here it is...........
Communications is one of the most important things that an organization needs to survive and reach its objective. Each one of us has to know what happened, what is happenng and the plans for the future.
To day we are very proud that after only six months as an association, we now have our own News-Letter which will be published quorterly. We must not forget to thank and also give support to our sposors, those who are advertising in our News-Letter especially the Bank of Valletta for their continouus support.
At our July 1st./96 Canada Day celebrations all those attending knew that we do need to be more organized. The same day I was approached by quite a few people who volunteered to help, and a few weeks later an interim committe was formed, and as you all know we haven't looked back since.
A General Membership Meeting was called and held on November 10th. 1996, and the Maltese Canadian Association (Gozo Branch) was formed.
Christmas dinner on December 1996 was a beautiful occasion and a pleasure to see so many Maltese Canadians together, happy and having fun.
Another occasion that brought us together was the feast of St. Paul the Apostle, and again the enthusiasm and support was of great encouragement.
In the last few months we, the Committee put our energy to finish our logo so that we can get our stationery printed such as the membership cards, which each member is receiving with this News-Letter. We planned and shopped around to find a good place with a good deal to Celebrate Canada Day and also to go ahead with the News-Letter.
In this News-Letter you will find a membership form for those who wish to join, we urge our members to encourage their friends to joined and also those who haven't joined yet to fill this form and send it or give it to one of the committee members
We already heard about some of the difficulties facing Maltese Canadians in Malta, we are and will be doing all our best, but we urge you to be members of this association, the more we are the better chance we can be heard.
Tickets for Canada Day are now available, remember that the number is limited, so book early not to be disappointed
See you all July 1st.
Viva l-Canada. Viva Malta
FIRST COMMITTEE 1996
comino day trip was a sucessful event
please have a look at the photo album prepared by
Annual General Meeting 2007
The General Meeting was held on Sunday April 15th at the NGO Centre.
This is our 11th year, 18 members attended this meeting, it was an interesting meeting since all those present took part in our discussions and gave their input.
One item that is mentioned each year is the lack of participation from our members at our activities. Those present were updated with our situation with our Canadian born Maltese from whom we are collecting information so that we will proceed with our formal contacts with the Maltese and Canadian authorities.
Our next event is going to be our annual Hike on Comino all details will be ready in a few days and sent out to all our members and plans are on the way for Canada Day on July 1st 2007.
The election for the new executive committee was also held during this meeting the committee is as follows:
President….. Joe Zammit
Vice president…. Edwin Camilleri
Secretary…… Alfred Camilleri
Treasurer….. Connie Grima
Asst. Treasurer…. Rita Camilleri
Asst. Secretary…. Marlene Muscat
Directors: Muscat Michael
The Maltese Canadian Association (Gozo) has been aware about the hardships that the children of the returned Maltese emigrants had to face when they were forced to renounce the citizenship of their birthplace to enjoy the rights and privileges as the rest of the Maltese citizens.
After several contacts from our members, now we are asking all those Canadian born who had to renounce their Canadian Citizenship before the Maltese law was changed in the year 2000 and wish to get it back to contact us, we can collect all the necessary data, so that we will be able to start and try to help them regain it.
Please contact the secretary, Alfred Camilleri, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail, at ‘Trillium’ Alley #1, Racecourse Street, Xaghra, Gozo, XRA 104, or download the form from our website http://www.mcagozo/ and mail it to the secretary.
To whom it may concern:
Since you already showed the interest of regaining your Canadian Citizenship, please fill up the enclosed form and mail it back to us.
In the coming weeks The Maltese Canadian Association (Gozo) will be in contact with the Canadian Consulate in Malta and also with the Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding this unhappy situation.
Thank you for your co operation
CANADA DAY IN GOZO
Was another successful one this year, we would like to share with you all , the photos taken by
Achilles Attard of Mississauga
Manuel Tabone of Qala
Joe Zammit of Marsalforn
you can view these photo ( still in the uploading) on CANADA DAY 2006 ALBUM
It may be hard to believe but twenty five years have passed since my ordination at St. Anthony’s Church in Gozo, Malta on June 13th 1981.
Since you have shared in this gift that the Lord has given me, I would like to invite you to join the friars, my family and friends in any of the following events you feel might be good for you:
Sunday June 4th at 12 noon
Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Paul the Apostle Church
3224 Dundas Street West, Toronto
You are invited to join us in the Hall afterwards
for some light refreshments.
Tuesday June 13th at 7pm
Mass of Thanksgiving at Immaculate Conception Church
4 Richardson Ave, Toronto
You are invited to join us in the Hall afterwards
for some light refreshments.
Thursday June 29th at 10 am
Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Mary of Jesus Church
St. Paul Street, Rabat, Malta
You are invited into the friary cloister
for some light refreshments.
Any priests or deacons who would like to join in the liturgical celebration are invited to bring an alb and red stole at St. Paul’s & St. Mary of Jesus or a white stole at Immaculate Conception.
In June and July I will also be visiting Rome and London, England. I hope to meet some of you on these two stops revisiting the places that God gave me the privilege of serving.
I also realize that some of you will not be able to make any of these celebrations. I would be happy if you could remember me in your prayers.
Jimmy Zammit, OFM
P.S. If you know of anyone who would like to join us please feel free to pass on
this information to them.
On the November/December 2004 issue of The Canadina Geographic Magazine, Ms Monique Roy-Sole wrote about our Association in the article called MOSAIC and they are found on pages 170 to 176 with faboulas pictures by photographer David Trattles
MAPLE LEAF ON THE MEDITERRANEAN
It's not unusual to spot Canadian flags or to here the strains of "O CANADA!" on July 1 on Gozo, a tiny Maltese island in the Mediterranean shout of Sicily. Canada Day, for 80 members families of the Gozo Branch of the Maltese Canadian Association, is a channce to celebrate their "second homeland." Most are returned emigrants from Canada.
The group was formed in 1996 after Alfred Camilleri, a Gozo native who spend 30 years working for Canada Post in Toronto, moved back to the island and threw a Canada Day poolside party that attracted nearly 100 people, Since then, the association has organised July 1 festivities and other events to maintain its Canadain ties
Camilleri is one of about 140,000 people - almost half of Malta's population - who left their devastated contry in the decades followingt the Second World War. As the European natons's economy recovered in the late 1970's , many returned. Observing Canada's national holiday, says Camilleri, "is a way to say thanks to the country that welcomed us with open arms and gave us a chance for a better life. Personally, I also learned a lot. Canada taught me how to respect and accept other people's beliefs and cultures.
At a rooftop restaurant in the Calypso Hotel, overlooking the resort town of Marsalfron (above), members of the Maltese-Canadian community on Gozo sit down to a candlelit Canada Day dinner. The hotel's name evokes the island's mythology: Gozo is thought to be the legendary island where Calypso entertained Odysseus in Homer's "Odyssy."
One could see a beautiful view of most of the Island, and Dave Trattles the photographer made sure you can even see up to the Citadel Castle in Victoria the capital.
Earlier in the day, Rita Camilleri decked out the restaurant in the MAPLE LEAF.
Red and White are the colours of the day as friends and relatives gather to swap stories and celebrate thier Canadian kinship.
Edwin and Rita Camilleri, Alfred Camilleri (no relation to Edwin and Rita) and Marlene Muscat (above, left to right) cool down in the surf at the Azure Window, an arched rocky outcrop framing the Mediterranean at Dwejra. Muscat's husband, Michael (bottom next) wearing Toronto Blue jays ball cap, takes in a glorious dusky sky over calm waters. Known for its natural splendour, the island of Gozo is also steeped in ancient history. It is the site of the Ggantija Temples, dated at 3600 to 3000 BC and thought to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world.
All laced up and no place to play. members of Team Malta, Pirates of the Mediterranean (above), take an ice cream break at the Centru Laburista (Labour Party Club) in the fising village of Marsaxlokk on the Island of Malta. The hockey team, comprised mainly of Canadian expats of Maltese origin, was formed by a group of elite players after the country's sole ice rink closed in 2003.
Malta is now one of only two Europwean contries without a rink, and the nation's International Ice Sports Association is hoping to change that, In the meantine, Team Malta plays road kockey, pmpeted in international ice-hockey tournaments and is considering ice time at a new rink in Sicily, a 90-minute ferry ride away. Here they are in uniform ans skaes for a team photo (below next)
As the National anthem playes on a portable CD Player, Edwin Camilleri raises the Canadian flag (above) to lounch Gozo's Canada Day festivities, The ceremony takes place by the Gozitan Emigrants memorial at Mgarr marina in Gljansielem. The rock monument, erected by the maltese Canadian Association in 2002, i dedicated to the thousands of Gozitans who emigrated from this harbour. its inscription, written in maltese-a Semitic language heavily influenced by italian - is in memory 9f those who left their homland to " look for a better life in the country that welcomes them".
At the Canada Day dinner in Marsalfron, cousins Justin Micallef and Jessica Bonello who live on Gozo, pay tribute to their mothers' Canadian roots
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