Welcome Message from the President
On behalf of NCSM and on my own behalf, I would like to wish you all Happy New Year 2073 Bikram Sambat (BS). The new year is a jubilant occasion for all of us to start with a fresh mind-set and commit-ment to do better than before for our self and for community we live in and we care for. Today is the 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the society coinciding with the Nepali New Year that we had been celebrating every year. Please join us in celebrating the Nepali New Year and participate in AGM. Let us all work together selflessly to make our community vibrant and inspiring. It gives me great pleasure to see the hard work of the NCSM newsletter editorial committee to put together this edition of the newsletter outlining the various programs that were organized for the community and others that are upcoming. The newsletter has been able to bring in literacy articles expressing our traditions, views and visions from all walks of our members including young writers and poets, and elders in the community. That is an encouraging sign and the NCSM executive board would like to see it growing to become a forum that encourages exchange of ideas.
It is still fresh to many of us the difficult times we shared aftermath the Nepal earthquake in 2072 BS. In the midst of pain, NCSM together with NSA raised relief funds through NEARFM committee. A summary of the NEARFM report is included in this newsletter. Besides this, we worked together with Knox United Church to organize an interfaith prayer for the peace of the departed souls and their families. While we were still shocked from the aftermath of the earthquake, our members had to suffer pains for the loss of their beloved family members one after another. Our community showed resiliency by sharing the pain by visiting and helping the bereaved family in whatever way possible. A large attendance of community members at each of the funerals demonstrated our strength in the community. The difficult situations we experienced have given us inspiration to remain united as a community. I would like to encourage you all to become the members of the society and increase our bond, interaction and cooperation through community activities. The NCSM Board’s goal had always been to embrace unity and extend friendship and goodwill within and outside our community. The board is prepared to listen in making this society better and inclusive. I would like to encourage more youth to join the executive board and its committees to help serve general members.
As you may have heard, Winnipeg is hosting the 7th Western Canada Regional Nepalese Sports and Cultural Event (WCRNSCE) this summer on July 9-10, 2016. Please mark these dates in your calendar. As the 2-day event will bring more than 300 participants from six cities west of Winnipeg, NCSM is looking for generous support from sponsors and donors to facilitate the event.
For your information, NCSM was formed in 2007 with the main aim of preserving and promoting Nepali art, language, cultural heritage and values in Manitoba. The executive board, consisting of seven members, is the operational wing of NCSM that plans and executes various cultural and community development activities. With increasing population of Nepali community of diverse backgrounds, the AGM in 2072 BS approved to add two new director positions: youth-sports; women-children. The AGM also approved to have one more director position each for communications-public relations and cultural affairs. You will see a list of board members since 2009 in this newsletter. The current board is the fifth in the succession and we are entering the second year of its two-year term.
As you all know that the society has members who come from Nepal, India, Bhutan and Canadian born Nepali speaking and non-Nepali speaking people as well. We would like to encourage and broaden our membership base to all other Manitobans in joining hands with the society in celebrating the rich Nepali art, language, cultural heritage and values in Manitoba.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all the community volunteers, many individuals and organizations for your continued interest and generous support to help complete NCSM program activities effectively.
Thank you and Namaskar.
Dr. Purushottam Raj Singh
Nepali Cultural Society of Manitoba