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-INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2014
The International Women’s Day has been celebrated the world over with events marking and celebrating the day since 1911. This year, the Dancing Damsels Inc., a registered non-profit dance promotions company, commemorated the day at the North York Memorial Community Hall, Toronto on March 8, 2014. The event celebrated and recognized the social, economic and political success of women in our community.
Dancing Damsels invited a range of inspirational women who have changed and positively influenced lives of women and men alike. The event showcased women who have flourished in a variety of arenas, in settings that were until recent decades, male dominated.
The Honorable Dr. Asha Seth, Canada’s first Indo-Canadian female Senator inaugurated the event by the lighting the traditional Indian lamp followed by the Canadian National Anthem. In her address, Dr. Seth presented a Greeting from Premier Stephen Harper to members of Dancing Damsels Inc.
The key note address, on the International Women’s Day 2014 theme “Inspiring Change”, was given by Hedvig Christine Alexander, who has touched and changed lives of women in places as far as Afghanistan and Africa.
This free event was attended by over 300 people. Delicious dinner and captivating entertainment delighted the audience. The Dancing Damsels true to their name had organized for dance companies from the Greater Toronto Area to perform and highlight the diversity and beauty of dance. Indian Classical dances were performed by noted Kathak dancers Parul Gupta and Joanna D’Souza, students of NKK Academy and Nritya Kala Mandir. Bollywood numbers performed by Dhanwantry Kumari of Dancing Damsels, Born to Dance and The Trifecta thrilled the audience. Throwing a folk into the mix were dancers of Prima Dance School and members of the Marathi Bhashik Mangal. Bringing fitness through dance were Julieta Tabares of Zumbacan. GTA’s popular Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company and Hannan Belly Egyptian Dance Academy enhanced the truly international flavour through their traditional folk and belly dancing.
The guest speakers, Academician Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Poetess Priscila Uppal, Councillor Dr. Raymond Cho, ICCADI Founder Shashi Bhatia, Executive Director of WMRCC Esther Enyolus and President of OWLE Jo-Ann Savoie, enlivened and spurred the audience by sharing their experiences and their vision for women in times to come. Mayoral candidate Mr. John Tory further enlivened the organizers and audience with his surprise visit.
Twelve women whose work is an inspiration and contribution were recognized and presented with the “DD Achiever 2014” awards by the guest speakers. Rathika Sitsabaiesan M.P. (Politics), Uma Suresh (Community Services), Mala Pisharody (Arts),Mercy Elengikal (Community Leadership), Kanmani Dhanasekar (Business & Marketing), Jennifer Prasad (Volunteering), Sonijya Raj (Entrepreneurship), Minu Jose (Engineering), Reshmi Nair (Media & Communication), Nirmala Thomas (Literature), Meena Mulpury (Charity), and Maria Easow Jobson (Healthcare).
Thomas Mathews (Remax Crossroads Realty Inc.) and (Sujit Nair (SunLife Financial) were the Grand Sponsors of the event. Vivekananthan Subramaniam of Promar Awards, Mariam (Joemol) John of Mariam Beauty & Nail Salon, Alex Koshy of AirRoute Travels & Tours, Dr. Chinnamma Belgaumkar of BELNA Homeopathy & Wellness Care, Alex Alexander of Homelife Top Star Realty, Dr. Joseph Shaji of Homelife Today Realty, Babu and Balu of BNB Alarms, Santhosh Mathew of Team Alliance Realty Inc., Mohan Eapen of Right of Home Realty, and Annabel Coelho of Mary Kay cosmetics were the other sponsors.
Madhurageetham, Vanakkam FM, Rogers Sunshine TV, ATN and Webmalayalee were the Media Sponsors.
Dancing Damsels’ International Women’s Day celebration 2014 was a celebration that was enjoyably inspiring and rendered it a day to be remembered for the speakers, awardees and audience alike.
Report by: Kavitha Ariyath