Vaughan Beauties: From left,
Kalista Zakhariyas - Miss Vaughan, Sarah Balkissoon, President of
Upscale Events Inc., and Eleni Voskakis - Miss Teen Vaughan.
Queens of the
‘City above Toronto’
By Manshad Mohamed
Prominent Indo Caribbean promoter Mrs Sarah
Balkissoon was the organizer of the first ever City of Vaughan Pageant
for Miss Vaughan and Miss Teen Vaughan which took place on May 23,
2003 at La Vita Centre on Steeles Avenue, West. This event is a
preliminary to the Miss Canada and Miss Teen Canada International
President of Upscale Events Inc., Sarah is
devoted to organizing pageants, cultural shows, cruises and other
promotional programs. She is also the Regional Director of Miss Canada
International (MCI) and Miss Teen Canada International (MTCI) Pageants
for the Region of Vaughan.
Sarah expressed pleasure in being able to feature
contestants who have an interest in charity and volunteer work. "The
ladies involved in this pageant wanted to show the community their
potential and give something back by being ambassadors for their
region and perhaps their country," she said.
Echoing this sentiment, Sylvia Stark, President
of MCI stated that they are not only in the business of beauty but are
"Ambassadors for Canada."
Among those present was Lorenza Samarelli, Miss
Canada 2003, the Mayor of Vaughan Michael Di Biase, Councillors Joyce
Frustaglio and Mario G. Rocco and Mr Nirvan Balkissoon who is also
President of the Canadian Hindu Arts and Cultural Society (CHACS).
Six of the nine delegates vied for the Miss
Vaughan Title and three, for the title of Miss Teen Vaughan. Miss
Congeniality, Eleni Voskakis, was chosen by all the delegates and
Rosemary Spagnuolo was chosen as Miss Photogenic. Miss Teen Vaughan is
Eleni Voskakis and her runner-up, Mihaela Palic. Kalista Zakhariyas
(Sri Lankan born) was elected as Miss Vaughan and her runner-up is
The High Definition Dance Group performed and
seven year old Natasha Ramcharan danced to Indian music to the 98%
Sarah announced that the proceeds of the evening
would go towards opening the first full-time Canadian Hindu Immersion
Sarah is urging Indo Caribbeans to come forward
and be proud of who they are. "Participating in these activities
involving other communities is one sure way to expose our culture to
the Canadian mainstream," she advised.
Govt Summer Jobs Program
Toronto — For young people who would be
off school soon and looking for employment, there are lots of summer
jobs available through the Government of Ontario Summer Jobs
Program. This, according to a release from the Ontario Government
which advises that those seeking summer jobs, or to start their own
businesses should contact their Provincial Member of Parliament (MPP).
Their MPP will "connect you with employers who
want to hire students and ...help you get a job with the Ontario
Persons in the west end of the city may contact
the Office of Hon. Tony Clement, MPP (Brampton-West Mississauga),
Tel (905) 796-8669, the office of Joe Spina, MPP (Brampton Centre),
Tel (905) 840-9244 or the office of Raminder Gill, MPP (Bramalea-Gore-Malton-Springdale),
Tel (905) 799-3939.
BWIA still struggling
taking hard look at debt, management
By Sandra Chouthi
Indo Caribbean World
Port-of-Spain — The government of Trinidad and Tobago has bailed
out the local airline BWIA, which is on the brink of bankruptcy
having had at least four of its planes seized, on the condition that
there be an immediate shake-up in its management.
has been struggling to stay in the black since the September 11,
2001, bombing of New York’s World Trade Centre, had its first
aircraft. A Boeing 737, seized by its lessor, International Lease
and Finance Company (ILFC) on May 20 in Miani, leaving more than 100
pasengers stranded. ILFC agents boarded the BW flight 483 as it was
being prepared to fly to Piarco from Miami international airport.
time, Clint Williams, the airline’s communications manager,
described the incident as "an isolated one" which the airline could
"have under control in a day or two."
affected passengers were accommodated at a hotel in Miani until the
airline sent another aircraft to bring them to Trinidad.
said he did not believe there was reason for other creditors to move
in to recover money owed to them because "with support, BWIA will be
able to regularise payments.
seven-aircraft fleet, six are leased from ILFC, while the other is
clear just how much money the airline owes ILFC, but it has been
reported in April that it paid the lessor (US) $4 million in order
to stave off seizure of its aircraft.
of a 9Y BGI has been in the hangar for the last month. Its engine
was sent for servicing and is now being withheld until payment is
had a difficult year in 2002, losing (Can) $45.5 million.
2002, the government bailed out the airline to the tune of (Can)
$3.25 million, and in April last, the government also approved a
(Can) $29 million package to keep BWIA flying.
airline to be impounded in Miami occurred on May 22, leading Prime
Minister Patrick Manning to declare that the government was "fast
approaching" a position where it felt that it has had enough to the
point where it might well let the airline go bust.
G. Prasad Caribbean & Oriental - blazing new trails
in the food business
a matter of just 13 years the efforts of one individual with staunch
support from his devoted family and a strong sense of good business
ethics have seen his fortunes grow into what is undoubtedly one of the
great success stories in West Indian entrepreneurship in Toronto.
The familiar name of G. Prasad Caribbean and
Oriental Specialty Foods which hitherto offered services in both the
East and West ends of the City is now quite conspicuous in a third
prominent location, at 4559 Sheppard Avenue East, just a stone’s throw
from Brimley Road, in the heart of the bustling West Indian
neighbourhood of Scarborough.
The new store represents a major advance in the
G. Prasad’s enterprise and promises marked improvements for patrons
accustomed to shop at West Indian outlets.
For one thing: the new facilities are not rented
but are fully owned by the Prasads which in itself will mean more
flexibility and enhanced services than is otherwise possible.