Seniors Club meeting at the Youth Centre of TNO, Thorncliffe Park,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on September 15, 2013.
SPEECH OF JAVED ZAHEER
Respected Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario and MPP of Don Valley West, Councillor John Parker, all distinguished guests and near and dear ones. Your presence on this occasion is an honour for all of us and shows your keen interest in the community and Thorncliffe Park area, one of the most important localities of Canada boasting of one of the most vibrant, highly skilled and educated community.
I came to Canada in 1999 and am really honoured to be a part of this community, society, system, loving and caring Canadian people and the wonderful country Canada. Since day one I was welcomed by all those I met and enjoyed and availing the best facilities. I joined the journalism profession in 1973, since then served the people as a professional journalist back home and even now serving the people since 1999 as a journalist.
I belong to the people and like and love to work with people who work, live and die for the people. My vision and goal is to serve humanity in reality and am dedicated to serve and create awareness.
With all this in view I keep meeting, connecting and supporting all those good people, leaders, groups and organizations. The Seniors Club was formed last year and I became a part of this Club so that we can set a good example of live and work together. It is a good place of rest and recreation and to bring both individuals and families closer and knitted. We thank TNO’s Executive Director Jehad Aliweiwi, Director Ahmed Hussain, TNO team and all those groups and individuals who keep encouraging and supporting us.
The Seniors Club keeps holding social and cultural get-togethers, participated and attended by many people, who fully enjoy the delicious home-made food, dance, music, songs, jokes, table tennis, carom, exercises, etc. This is the lighter part and we hope to do more so that we could contribute in ensuring better life to each and every member. Without team work, team leadership, collaboration, cooperation, sponsors, funds and support by all community members and all those who matter this is not possible.
Not only the Seniors Club, supported by the TNO, I am also associated with many leading and important national and international organizations and groups playing important roles and contributing tremendously like National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC). I am the life director of this organization and through this organization was awarded the Free Expression Award in 2006. I am the only Pakistani to win this award. I am veteran active member of Toronto Press Club and remained editors of some Canadian newspapers including Dawn, Ambassador and Pakistan Abroad.
I am also the director of Canpak Chamber of Commerce, Children Dignity Foundation (CDF), which is helping tremendously in promoting education in Pakistan and plans to do programs in Canada as well. Recently, I became the director information of Pak Senior Forum (PSF), a new group formed by Syed Muhammad Iqbal to serve all people and communities particularly Pakistanis.
I also met Hafiz Khan of Association of Thorncliffe Professionals and attended a meeting of ATP. I found him a really good and capable leader.
Each day we keep meeting new people, new groups and new friends. With new partners, members and sponsors our circle is expanding greatly and becoming stronger and effective to serve the people, communities and country.
TNO is playing an important and key role in the Thorncliffe locality. According to Jehad Aliweiwi: “TNO is very proud to work with the Pakistani community as it is proud to work with all other groups that makes this fabulous neighbourhood.”
I recently attended the TNO’s Annual General Body meeting and was impressed by the presentations on tremendous performance and success of TNO under Jehad’s dynamic leadership and the TNO team. Indeed, TNO is a learning and excellence centre in a sense that it covers variety of issues of community's interest and priority. It has gained international recognition and visits by foreign dignitaries and delegations as well.
I thank Jehad for assuring support to me and the groups I represent including Seniors Club and Pak Seniors Form (PSF). We hope that the partnership with TNO would greatly benefit the Thorncliffe community in general and other communities of GTA as well, which are eager to learn and benefit from TNO’s tremendous contributions. We assure our support for improvement of the society and betterment of the communities. This way we can work, serve and live together in the best possible ways. We again thank you for extending us support. For all these successes and achievements I thank Canada’s people, leaders, communities and governments for the love, care, encouragement, help and support extended.
We are proud to have a good leader like Kathleen Wynne, who has won the hearts of members of the community and people of Ontario by remaining very close to them, listening to them and becoming a part of their family. She knows the people, their problems and priorities and deserves to be a premier.
We expect that John Carmichael, MP, too would join the cabinet ranks and be in a position to serve the people and area better. He is in a good position to serve the people better and we hope that he would keep proving this by remaining visible, connected and very close to the people.
For betterment and improvement of Thorncliffe area and for solving problem of the people, we expect and need more from Councillor John Parker. We are witnessing some improvements but people are faced with many problems and they need his attention. John Parker too is trying to do his best to serve the people better.
Whether Kathleen Wynne, John Carmichael or John Parker or any other leaders, like always I would strongly urge the people and appeal to all to choose, vote and elect only those people and leaders who believe in serving the people and humanity in reality. This is our moral duty and responsibility. By electing wrong people we not only harm ourselves but the whole society, system and the country. This we must always remember.
I would like to end here by thanking all the participants for making this occasion really successful by their interest and presence. We hope to see your increased interest and support for this community. All the groups, organizations and members of the community must work together as partners and team leaders. We need this spirit badly. We have the potential to produce good and true leaders for all levels---Federal, Provincial and Municipal--- but unfortunately we easily become victims of divide and rule and because of some exploiters and opportunists lose the golden opportunities. Thank you for tolerating my long speech.
JZ’S PROFILE: Javed Zaheer, Free Expression Award Winner, Desi Idol Recognition Award Winner, Member/Honorary Director of NEPMCC, Veteran Active Member (VAM) of Toronto Press Club, Ex-Member of The National Club and The Ontario Club, Honorary Editor of English Weekly `Pakistan Abroad’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `The Ambassador’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `DAWN', Canada, ex-Senior Sub-Editor of English Daily DAWN, Pakistan, Chairman, CANOPI, Director of Children Dignity Foundation (CDF---Canada & Pakistan), Director/Press & Publication Secretary of Pak Seniors Forum (PSF), Canada, and Director, Canpak, Chamber of Commerce, Canada, is contributing purely on Voluntary and Honorary Basis in order to serve all people and communities. Contact: (416)firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. To read more JZ’s exclusive articles, please visit: www. nepmcc.ca and nationalethnicpress.com (Editorial Sections. Scan years from 2004 to 2011. Visit www.javedzaheernews.blogspot.com and www.jazamedia.wordpress.com.