By RON FANFAIR
Longtime Trinidad & Tobago Fifty Plus & Seniors Association of Canada member Joe Kalloo was celebrated in more ways than one last week.
He marked his birthday and 39th wedding anniversary and was recognized by the association for outstanding contribution at its 13th annual Christmas party last Saturday night.
Husband and wife Harold and Maria Ali and Shirley Russell were also honoured at the event.
“The awards recognize members who have made significant contributions over the year,” said association president Anthony Mohammed. “They have been outstanding in every area and they have given generously and effortlessly.”
Member of the provincial parliament, Bas Balkissoon and Trinidad & Tobago Consul General Michael Lashley, attended the event.
“This organization offers a healthy environment for nationals to get together and enjoy each other’s company and at the same time raise funds to do things that would benefit the community and find a constructive avenue to use their time,” said Lashley. “They are certainly among the top five T & T associations in Canada. What is great about them is their spirit of working together and sharing.”
Lashley said one of his proudest moments this year was presenting a Consul General Diaspora award last September to the association’s founding member Rasheed Sultan-Khan who performed as a tenor in local music shows and fundraised for needy children before coming to Canada with his wife and their five children in 1972.
“What was also special about this recognition was that it was given for community service,” added Lashley. “My challenge to the organization therefore is to ensure that the current membership passes on that spirit of volunteering and giving back to the next generation.”
The T & T Consulate, a major supporter of the Fifty Plus and Seniors Association, recently announced that the twin-island republic has acquired a building in Toronto that will house the consulate which has been located in Willowdale for nearly two decades.
The new location is at 185 Sheppard Ave. W.
“The tenant (a law firm) is still in the building,” Lashley told Share. “We found a good building when it was occupied. When they move out, we have to refurbish the space to fit our needs before we can move in.”
Lashley said the new office will open sometime next year.