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First Meeting

November 19, 2011. First meeting of new ANQ Executive Committee has recently been held and new initiatives & programs for the year 2012 have been discussed. In order to complete its programs effectively and efficiently, ANQ has decided to form following sub-committees. The sub-committees will have 3 members including a coordinator and two members that will be nominated by coordinator from the ANQ general members.

  1. Community expansion sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Keshav Raj Sharma
  2. Publication sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Deepak Shrestha
  3. Fund raising sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Iswor Chalise
  4. Cultural sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Shyam Tamang
  5. Sports and IT sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Mukti Ghimire
  6. Women and children sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Mala Budhamagar
  7. Skill development sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Sraddha Bista
  8. Public relation sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Hom Lamichhane
  9. Event management sub-committee:
    Coordinator - Yuba Raj Bhandari
Each sub-committee will be focused primarily on developing and implementing their respective tasks and assist other teams as necessary. ANQ has also formed a 5 members Advisory committee consisting of: 1. Dr. Hemant Paudel 2. Prakash Mungrati 3. Amita Rasaili 4. Sharad Subba 5. Man Bahadur Limbu

ANQ will publish calendar for the year 2012 as was being done in past years. It is also mulling over organizing a blood donation program in the very near future. Another EC meeting will be held in December to discuss further. More to come.

9th AGM Concluded

November 13, 2011. 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ANQ was held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 419 Saint-Roch, Montreal. The meeting was a grand success with participation of unprecedented, very large number of members covering almost everyone! Apart from the regular business of presenting progress report and financial report for the last year by Mr. Hemanta Dahal - Secretary, the AGM also elected it's new executive team for two years' term. A team of energetic and dynamic personalities was unanimously elected in the executive committee with 9 members where previous Advisor Mr. Mugadhan Rajbhandari has been selected as President. Mr. Rajbhandari had served ANQ as President in 2003-2005 and as Secretary in 2001-2003. For all other Executive members, goto Board Members page.

The election of executive committee members was done in a democratic way by Election Committee headed by Dr. Hemant Paudel, Advisor and consisting Mr. Prakash Mungrati, Erstwhile-President and Mr. Hemanta Kumar Dahal Erstwhile-Secretary. Newly elected president Mr. Rajbhandari presented a glimpse of future programs and a roadmap for how this will be achieved. He also indicated that a detail programs shall be brought to its members in a few weeks. All other candidates also briefly expressed their views/ideas and commitments to take ANQ to new height. The program was concluded by Dr. Paudel thanking the old team for their endeavor and achievement so far and wishing all the best for new executive committee.

Celebration of Tihar 2011

October 29, 2011. ANQ celebrated Tihar 2011 in a different way this year. Previously, the Tihar team used to go to our houses and sing Deusi/Bhailo. This time, we invited our friends and family members to the location below with Tihar samaagri to celebrate Tihar together. We had prayers, deusi/bhailo, songs and dances. There was lot of different items, Sel-roti and other food items were brought in as informed by Amita didi.

People started gathering at the location on time. Because of fire alarm, we were asked to evacuate the place. It was cold outside but no choice, we were out for a few minutes. Anyway, we enjoyed the Deusi/Bhailo as we returned to the hall. It was unique experience, a participant said. Let's say it loud - Bhana bhana sathi ho, Deusure!

Date: Saturday, 29 October 2011
Time: 12 noon to 6 pm
Location: 419 Saint-Roch, Montreal, QC H3N 1K2
  Near Metro Parc
Entry Fee: Free

Vijaya Dashami 2011

October 8, 2011. ANQ organized a grand celebration of Dashain 2011. For the first time in the history of ANQ, Nepalese from Greater Montreal Area, Joliette, Sherbrooke, Quebec city, Saint Jerome and other cities of the province were present to celebrate the event. There were more than 300 people participated.

During the day time, an inter-city football competion was organized. The team from Quebec city won the cup and team from Sherbrooke city came to the second position. The competion program was held in Mont-royal park, in the heart of Montreal.

In the evening, there is full course dinner was served and a cultural program was organized. The participants showed their talents with songs, dances and poems. To make this evening an ultimate one, we had invited one of the famous Nepali singers, Mr. Yam Baral to join us but he was not able to attend as he had to fly to Nepal at the last moment, he said.

The celebration was organized on the following date & time.

Date: Saturday, 8 October 2011
Football Time: 12 noon to 4 pm
Party Time: 6 pm to midnight
Party Location: 419 Saint-Roch, Montreal, QC H3N 1K2
  Near Metro Parc
Entry Fee: Children below 6 yrs: Free,
  Age 6-16: $15, Others: $25
  (Cultural show performers $5 discount)

Teej 2011

August 20, 2011. The women of our community took charge on Saturday August 20th, 2011 and celebrated Teej, one week prior to the actual festival, so that as many members as possible could attend this celebration. To the delight of all, for the first time, ANQ women reserved a small hall in St-Roch community center and organized a large pot-luck 'daar'. As each participant contributed, the resulting very enjoyable feast was filled with many varieties including vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. Such was the feast's success that we didn't have 'daar' once but two times! The sweet tooth of many was also greatly satisfied since everything from rice pudding and sugary yogourt to all types of sweets were available.

As the women entered the location, glowing in beautiful and bright sarees, the music almost instantly started with traditional songs and more modern Nepali Teej songs. But as they say, 'old is gold', so many preferred the older songs, where the lyrics conveyed meaning and significance. The dancing soon followed and didn't stop until the very end. Many were on their dancing shoes throughought the whole evening while others preferred to simply watch, socialize and mingle with the crowd, a smile on their faces. Even if it was for a single day, for a couple of hours, the atmosphere was very animated and it was almost as if we were back near the Pasupati Temple in Nepal. The hall was only booked until 6, but the festivities ended well after.

On a final note, a big thank you to all the organizers and to all of you, thank you for participating, bringing your delicious items and for making this event oh-so-successful.

Here's to making our Teej celebration an annual one, here in Montreal!

[Reported by: Prativa Baral]

Summer Picnic 2011

July 16, 2011. We are having a beautiful summer with us. We are all planning different activities for our family. To enjoy the summer together, ANQ organized Summer Picnic on Saturday, 11th July 2011. This was a potlock picnic. We had a lot of fun activities including Soccer, and volleyball.

People started gathering in the picnic spot in Maisonneuve Park, Montréal, around 11:00 am. There were many new people who have just arrived in Montreal area and there were many others who have made this city their home. Many other friends were also there.

Kids got a chance to play around, youngsters enjoyed outings and adults shared their views and experiences. The picnic was over around 7:30 pm.

Nepali New Year 2068 BS

April 24, 2011. To celebrate Nepali New Year 2068 BS, ANQ organized a grand party. All ANQ members, friends and family members were invited. To mark this program a special one, we had invited Nepalese Ambassador to Canada, Dr. Bhoj Raj Ghimire and his family to participate. Both of them stayed until the end of the program. We had Nepali cultural show with dance, songs, poems, jokes and of course, full course dinner. Many old and new friends were present. Our friends from Quebec city showed their talents on songs & dance. The program was held at the location below.

Venue : Bharat Bhawan
4225 Notre Dame West
Montréal, QC H4C 1R4
Time :5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Entry-Fee : $20 (Adults) $35 (Couple)
$10 (Children 6 yrs+)
Free (Children below 6 yrs)

For the first time in ANQ history of events like this, alcohol was not served by ANQ because of some technical difficulties but some participants took their initiatives and brought their own to enjoy. The food was served by Tabala restaurant in Montreal. Special vegetarian foods were brought for selected people from Pushap Sweets also.

A participant who is living in Kingston, ON since last 2 months commented that she was very happy to see so many Nepali people together while she was awaiting to find a single in her city. The program hall was packed and some people had no choice but to stand behind. Anyway, the program was fully successful with the support of the organizers, all participants and the volunteers. We would like to thank you all for this and hope we will be of bigger number again in our next events.

New Year Party 2011

January 1, 2011. ANQ organized a get-together program on the evening of New year 2011. Compared to previous years, we had less snow this evening. So, it was easier to participate. Both new and old faces had participated this event. Live previous year, we all get together, chat, eat, dance, joke and congratulate each other.

To make this event a special one, ANQ distributed New year Calendar 2011 which has both English and Nepali dates; along with recently published ANQ Telephone Directory 2011 to all participants.

The get-together was organized at the following date/time.

Date:Saturday, 1st January 2011
Time:6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location:Restaurant La Nouvelle Lune Indienne
2018 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X 3K7
Between Berri and Sherbrooke Metro

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