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May 8, 2008
Media Advisory - Asian and South Asian Heritage Month celebrated at City Hall
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed May as Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month in Toronto to honour the rich cultural heritage and accomplishments of people of Asian and South Asian heritage.

To recognize Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month, there will be a panel discussion on the following theme: Youth Leadership in the Asian and South Asian communities: celebrating our achievements, sharing our challenges. Panel members include Anu Rhada Verma, Neethan Shan, and Karen Sun.

Date: Wednesday, May 14
Time: noon to 2 p.m.
Location: Members’ Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Community organizations will hold an information fair from May 12 to 15 in the City Hall Rotunda.

Immigrants from Asian and South Asia constitute the largest source of immigration to Toronto in recent years. South Asian Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn about their experiences and the vital role they have played throughout our shared history. In 2001, the Canadian Senate proposed May as Asian Heritage Month, and the Government of Ontario proclaimed May as South Asian Heritage Month and declared May 5 to be South Asian Arrival Day to recognize the first recorded arrival on May 5, 1838.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents

Media contacts:
Karen Sun, Executive Director, Chinese Canadian National Council - Toronto Chapter, 416-596-0833 ext. 3
Andalee Adamali, Program Manager, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, 416-932-1359 ext. 16
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824



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