Prime Minister Skerrit to address Ontario Association’s 40 Anniversary celebrations

Armand La Barge, York Regional Police Chief, will be the guest speaker at the event

On Saturday October 9, 2010 the Commonwealth of Dominica, Ontario Association will host its 40th Anniversary as a leading Caribbean organization in Ontario, under the patronage of the Ministries of Tourism and Culture for the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The event will be held at the Macedonian Cultural Centre, 76 Overlea Boulevard and will feature the Prime Minister of Dominica, The Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit as Keynote speaker. Prime Minister Skerrit was recently re-elected with overwhelming majority, his second term as the world’s youngest Prime Minister.

Guest speaker at the event will be a favorite of Dominicans and persons of Caribbean heritage, York Regional Police Chief, Mr. Armand La Barge.

More than 500 attendees are expected, including members of all levels of Canadian Government, the judiciary and visiting Dominican officials.  Among the highlights will be cultural performances from the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The Commonwealth of Dominica, Ontario Association (CDOA) was established 40 years ago by expatriates from the Commonwealth of Dominica who were new residents to Ontario Canada. The organization supports the goals and objectives of residents of Ontario, Canada, who are from the Commonwealth of Dominica origin.  Its main purpose is to enable a robust social network, encourage and support mentoring within the community, and build constructive relationships that benefit our members and local communities.

The CDOA assist all groups within our community–children, youth, adults and seniors, through a number of activities that include an annual Children’s Christmas party, a popular summer picnic, and the awarding of several university scholarships to high academic performers who are also active community volunteers.

From 2004 – 2006, the CDOA donated C$35000 towards Health Care services in Dominica and in 2008 raised C$10,000 for farmers whose crops were devastated by Hurricane Dean.

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16 Comments

  1. jake
    August 11, 2010

    this groups’s credentials seem top ranking on paper but i would like to know how many of the 3000-5000 dominicans in the ontario areas have heard of this group and what has been its input on the canada/dominica visa issue. its this association is competent in doing or trying to assist, then i applaud you

  2. lor
    August 11, 2010

    @de caribbean change: tHIS IS A GOOD GESTURE BUT YOU KNOW DOMINICANS WILL SAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS BEGGING, YOU CANNOT TRUST YOUR OWN PEOPLE SOMETIMES>>>>LOL

  3. Anonymous
    August 11, 2010

    @The Third Side: Exactly it’s about bringing us together so this is the perfect opportunity not to show any biase. Equal opportunity for all Dominican, ruling government including the opposition. I would believe that we learn from how the Canadian hold their functions. Everyone is represented, it is a show unity.

  4. August 11, 2010

    Good luck MR P M, all the best. U are our hero.

  5. Grand Bayrian
    August 10, 2010

    How is the Prime Minister going to bring back “no visa restriction”? Please,the man is going to a party. Our Politicians has no respect for protocol …

    These guys travel to Toronto to have a good time. I wont call name, there was a Minister who thought Toronto is Canada’s capital city. Garcon chyen paka fe chat! Someone mentioned about the canadian government building a new school; don’t count on it. I think a rooster will have teeth before that happens.

    The World we live in has changed since Canada build two primary schools in Dominica, in the 70`s The Grand Bay Priamary School, and the Goodwill School. Back then you had a canadian Prime Minister who knew canada’s place in the world. The Late Pierre E. Trudeau was an internationalist.The Man had class.

    Tell me why the PM of St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent,Barbados, Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Trinidad & Tobago all have traveled to Ottawa?.. Where is Dominica?. We have some backward thinking politicians, who think sucking on chicken breast is the new norm in Dominica. westé la!

  6. THUNDER HORSE
    August 10, 2010

    @Anonymous: We do not need any confusion at a function like this especially when the opposition is going around tarnishing Dominica’s good name to all donor countries and investors.

    Hector, Ron And Eddo don’t know when to keep their mouths shut and when to open it. They are bad business for Dominica.

    Unless they know how to behave themselves in prestigious forums and functions like this then they can’t be invited.

  7. concerned citizen
    August 10, 2010

    @AARIN:

    agreed .. it is a shame that PETER has to pay for all PAULS

  8. AARIN
    August 10, 2010

    Bring us back no visa restrictions. MR.PM

  9. The Third Side
    August 10, 2010

    @Anonymous: why would they invite the opposition leader….what is the purpose of that. Its one day event lets unite and build Dominica together. This day should be about Canadians with Dominicans link and how best to better DA….not about some politiking and all the nonsense of politics.

    This being said, I hope it is truly about Dominica and good luck

    This is the Third Side

  10. Anonymous
    August 10, 2010

    @labelle:

    The Dominica association in ontario should also extend and invitation to the opposition leader like the Jamaicans are doing. We need to hear from both sides. This invitation is the third to Mr. Skerrit but so far none was extended to the opposition. Not all in attendance at these functions are supporters of the government. No biase, extend an invitation to the leader of the oppostion. My God it is 40 years.

  11. laloe
    August 10, 2010

    Somebody is going to get mad at this showcase, but the only thing that should be considered is the fact that the PM is the face of the island to the world. He is what the electorate wanted and Dominicans both here and abroad as a whole make up that cluster. Therefore, rather than getting into a trap of vexation, debate, hate, and contention. Let us see this as continuous development for the country both from an abstract perpective and a permanent foot print that will be etched within our history books. Dominica is presumably the only country in the world to showcase the youngest PM.

  12. Celus
    August 9, 2010

    I had no idea the canadian govt had built that school as a gift to dominica.I went to that school and i must say, what great years those were!!!

  13. Anonymous
    August 9, 2010

    Dude you’re a moron!

  14. labelle
    August 9, 2010

    This is the kind of thing that will expose Dominica in the larger international arena, and we hope that the opposition will find the courage to support this mission. The larger community sees the election of the Skerrit goverment as a dully elected goverment, yet we’ve also noticed that there is still ranchor within certain circles debating the legitimacy of the prime minister to rule the nature isle.
    I hope to encourage other dominicans within the region to attend the event.

  15. Chief
    August 9, 2010

    Wow, good luck. Represent us well.

  16. de caribbean change
    August 9, 2010

    Bring us back another primary school from the Canadian Government, Mr. PM, just like the once Goodwill Junior High school, now the Goodwill Secondary School – a gift from the Canadian Government, built decades ago.

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