January 12, 2010 – Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says the Ismaili community has played an important role in shaping the strong and dynamic society they enjoy today.
In Ontario, the premier said, they value the diversity that breathes life into the province.
“The Ismaili Muslim community is a vital part of that diversity and has made, and continues to make, invaluable contributions to the cultural, social and economic life of Ontario,” McGuinty said. “Through your belief in fostering community spirit, peace and understanding – ideals promoted by His Highness the Aga Khan – your community has played an important role in shaping the strong and dynamic society we enjoy today.”
The three-day reunion – the first ever – will be held in Toronto from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2010.
About 300 Ismailis from around the world are expected to attend the historic reunion celebrations in Toronto and Mississauga this summer.
Many Ismailis from Arusha settled in Canada in the early 1970s.
Since settling in their adopted country, they have been productive citizens, working for the government and the private sector. Others have successfully ventured into businesses.
Sultan Jessa, chair of the 2010 Arusha Reunion, said three main events for the reunion include a meet-and-greet icebreaker, a formal gala banquet and a barbecue and picnic.
Noor Gillani, also co-chair, said the reunion is also an opportunity to create new friendships. “Some of us have not seen each other for 30 to 50 years,” Gillani said.
Both, Jessa and Gillani urged all former Arusha residents to make a special effort to attend the reunion.
Arushawallas can register by going to …