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Bringing Christmas Cheer: Some of the 200 kids who were given a Christmas treat at the Elite Banquet Hall posing with Dhaman Kissoon, sponsor of the event, Santa Claus, a member of Toronto Police Force and the Kissoon family and friends.

'It's time to give back' says Toronto Lawyer

By Manshad Mohamed

"All year we have been receiving, now its time for giving." Thus spoke prominent Toronto Lawyer Dhaman Kissoon as he spearheaded this annual effort at bringing relief to 200 needy children at the Elite Banquet Hall in northwest Etobicoke on December 19, 2004.

Many of the kids were brought to this event in buses provided by the Toronto Police Force of Division 23 in Rexdale and Swift Transport. Staff Sgt. Mike Pinfold who worked hard as one of the coordinators of the program remarked, "this is so nice to come together to feed and give gifts to children who may not have otherwise received any at Christmas time."

A volunteer committee was set up months ago to plan this event which included a sumptuous breakfast and the distribution of gifts.

Suzanne Hall, Councillor for Ward 1 in Etobicoke West who described her role as a volunteer on a Police Liasion Committee felt the community support for this program was "wonderful."

Santa Claus dropped in to distribute age-appropriate gifts. The recipients were also treated to a magic show by a Police Officer.

The event was organized by the Dhaman Kissoon family and some friends. Earlier in the year at this same venue, Kissoon presented a cheque for over $15,000 as a donation to the Pickering Devi Mandir. He vows that these events would continue as he feels committed "to keep helping the community as a whole whenever and wherever the need may arise."

A large number of parents and businesses also participated in helping to provide for this happy occasion. Among them were the Toronto Police Force, Kissoon & Associates, Mantella, Elite Banquet Hall, Fortinos, Municipal Transport, Melrose Paving, Allbrite, KKR, Segrin Maintenance SIR, Investigation and Security Agents and Albion Digital.


Guyanese man dies in tragic house fire

Toronto Keshnarine Chetram originally from Lusignan, Guyana suffered severe third degree burns in a basement fire in Mississauga on New Year's day. He eventually succumbed to his injuries at the London's University Hospital on January 2, 2005.

From information received, the deceased and another man were working with chemicals in the basement when the fumes from the chemicals ignited. The interior of the home was completely demolished. At the time of the incident there were three people in the home. The owner of the house said the fumes were suffocating her and she jumped thru the window unharmed. The other man was critically injured and is presently in intensive care at Sunnybrook hospital.

Family members are quite concerned as to why Chetram was taken to London two hours drive from the city when there are three hospitals in Mississauga.

And further, why was the other person sent to Sunnybrook?

The Canadian Hindu Arts and Cultural Society is helping to coordinate funeral arrangements to be held on Wednesday January 5, 2005 at the Woodland Cemetry and Cremation Grounds 493 Springbank Dr, London, Ontario for Information

Contact Jeevan Balkissoon at 905-890-2171 or 416-910-2126.


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