VILLAGERS OF MOIRA ~ TORONTO
SILVER JUBILEE 1979 ~ 1996
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In November 1971, barely a three months after Mr. Francis Lobo arrived in Toronto, having emigrated from Nairobi - Kenya, his mother talked to him and said: Son, you know our Moira feast is approaching next month; what are you doing about it? He replied: Mum, I dont know how many Goans there are in Toronto, let alone Moidekars.
A testimony to his mothers persistence, Francis went on to organize the first Moira Social in Toronto and he has since become our Village Elder.
On coming to Canada, Francis joined Double Diamond, a company that was later absorbed by Philips Electronics. In 1976, when Philips moved its corporate headquarters from Leaside to 601 Milner, the Mezzanine Warehouse became second home to a great number of employees. Among those happy faces that worked in this bustling area was none other than Francis Lobo. He remained with Philips until his retirement eighteen years later.
Francis's wife Olive, says that he is a devoted family man. They have two daughters Rosalind and Audrey, and two grandchildren. Until a few years ago, Francis was the President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society branch of St. John XXIII Parish. He has also taken it upon himself to become an advisor to the Society chapter in Moira. In the first week of June he makes his annual pilgrimage to Quebec where he visits St. Josephs Oratory, the Shrine of Ste. Anne-de-Beaupre and Cap. de la Madelaine.
Francis moved to the condominium where he still resides in 1973. He has been an active member of the condominium association and the communitys Garden Club, which has over 70 members. With such an abundance of green thumbs the complex looks like a miniature Edwards Garden in the summer. In 1983 he was elected the Pavane Posts The Post is the condominiums newspaper. Man of the Year after being runner-up for several years. As the Post says ... if all the votes cast during the seven years of this popularity contest could be counted, Francis would come out Number One over all. Here are a few quotes from the Pavane residents: He is not only committed to the well-being of 60 Pavane, he is a great Master of Ceremonies. His light-hearted ability gets others involved. He is the leading contributor to good fellowship in our building. Francis always makes me feel at home in 60 Pavane. He is always friendly, helpful and International Night without Francis is impossible to imagine.
But without doubt, Francis's first love is his village of Moira. He was founder president of the association in Toronto and has been president two more times and so it is fitting that he is our president in this 25th Anniversary. Even when he has not been in the committees, he has always been the glue that binds us and has ensured that every transition from one committee to the next goes smoothly. He has been a trustee of the association since the position was created. His joyful energy pervades the air in all the meetings that he organizes. He truly is our Village Elder.
Mr. Eric De Souza was born in Jinja, Uganda in 1936, he received his primary schooling in Jinja and subsequently attended St. Xavier's High School and St. Xavier's College in Bombay. Upon completion of his studies he returned to Uganda in 1955 where he worked in the private sector before joining the Civil Service in 1957.
In 1965 he took a sabbatical and moved to Leeds, UK, to complete his professional accounting qualifications. On completion he took first place in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. In light of this outstanding achievement, he was offered a teaching position at the London School of Economics, but declined the offer, opting to return to Uganda .
On his return, he was appointed Commissioner for Taxation and Industrial Promotion with the Ministry of Finance. During his tenure he drafted five National Budgets and introduced a broadly based retail sales tax to Uganda. The latter was important in modernizing the tax structure of the newly independent country. He was subsequently sought to provide advice to neighbours Kenya and Tanzania, who were then partners with Uganda in the East African Community, on the introduction of similar tax modernization in those countries. From 1969 to 1973 he was also a member of the East African Industrial Promotion Advisory Council and an official on the East African Community Council.
In the wake of growing tyranny that followed the rise of General Idi Amin in Uganda, which included the Expulsion of Asians from Uganda in November 1972, Eric and his family left Uganda in 1973 and moved to London, England, where he began working for the Mehta Group, a major industrialist formerly based in Uganda.
In 1976, after a sojourn in Perth Australia Eric and his family moved to Toronto, where he was appointed a Director of Monarch Plastics Ltd., a Mehta Group company, located in Brampton. A year later he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Monarch Plastics, a position he retains presently. Over the years he has overseen the organization's expansion into the United States, with the establishment in 1983 of Monarch Plastics Inc. in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and further expansion with the acquisition in 1987 of Swissplas Ltd. in Concord, Ontario.
Eric is a devout individual and actively participates in church activities, serving as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Clement's Church in Etobicoke for many years. He has always taken a keen interest in the Goan community wherever he has lived and has been ready to lend a ear and a hand to anyone who has sought his advice and help. He is a staunch supporter of the Goan Overseas Association in Toronto.
Eric is devoted husband to Edith, their three children Jennifer Fonseca, Lino and Lorraine Mendes, as well as one grandchild.
Marion has spent many years working in Hospital administration, both in the acute care and rehabilitation sectors. She first graduated with a B.Sc. in Laboratory Microbiology & Chemistry from McGill in 1974, a Masters in Hospital Administration from York University in 1988, and an MBA from Queens University in 1996.
After her first graduation Marion worked in the Chemistry & Microbiology departments of Northwestern General Hospital in North York. In 1989 she joined Queensway General Hospital, Toronto, and rose to Director of Laboratory and Diagnostic Services. In 1993 she moved to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Toronto where she is the Director, Hospital Quality & Risk Management.
Marion believes strongly that the key elements of a health care systems are the quality of service and the choices offered to patients. She is convinced that health promotion is what will sustain a better society in the future and in keeping with that philosophy she serves on the United Way of Metro Toronto, the Peel District Health Council and the Skills for Change agency. She has been President of the Villagers of Moira in 1986 and also held the Secretary position for the caravan Committee in 1990 and 1991.
When Professor Peter Nazareths first novel In a Brown Mantle was launched In Kampala Uganda in 1972, little did anyone realize that the novel would prophesy the expulsion of Asians by General Idi Amin just nine days later.
Nazareth was born in 1940 in Uganda to a father born in Goa and a mother born in Malaya to Goan parents and hence the topics of layered identities figure prominently in his writings. He obtained his undergraduate degree in English from Makerere University Among his close colleagues in Makerere were Ngugi wa Thiongo, Kenyas best known writer, and Mr. Ben Nkapa, currently President of Tanzania. in 1962, did his postgraduate at the University of Leeds UK, and rose to Senior Finance Officer In the Ministry of Finance in Uganda, being responsible for the state lottery. The expulsion of Asians from Uganda in 1972 carried a significant threat for government insiders such as Nazareth, but enduring this personal terror as well as the hardship of being stripped of his Uganda citizenship, he was eventually able to leave Uganda with his wife and two daughters to take up a fellowship at Yale University. But his problems were not behind him yet. He moved to the University of Iowa to lecture, but after one term the position reverted to a part-time one and he and his family had to survive on less than what people earned on Welfare in Canada. Finally he was offered a full-time lectureship and also joined the International Writing Program established by Paul Engle with the university. He has remained in Iowa, where he is currently Professor of English, and was recently Chair of the African-American World Studies Program.
Nazareth, one of the foremost Goan writers of fiction, is also claimed by Uganda as one of its best writer and his novels are part of the English program in Makerere University. His first novel In a Brown Mantle addresses the quest of Goan identity in Africa, through the story of a new independent country Damibia, a fictional country in East Africa. Nazareth is clearly a Ugandan nationalist, but one who loves his Goan roots. His second novel The General Is Up, published by TSAR Publications in Toronto in 1991, is also about the problems of post-independence Damibia and is based on the expulsion of Asians from Uganda. Both his novels include the full caste of ethnic characters in East Africa, including Africans, Goans, other South Asians, Britishers etc.. The novels provide one of the few pictures of Goan life in these countries, the Goan Institutes playing a strong role, both for Goan socializing, and a point where the different peoples formed friendships. Nazareth has also published two anthologies, four books of literary criticism, and several articles and short stories in journals.
Nazareth is well known in the USA and around the world, but perhaps for issues other than his writings. In 1992, at the urging of a colleague, he offered a degree course in the University of Iowa entitled Elvis As Anthology. As coincidence would have it, the first day of class was January 8, two weeks after being featured in an article published by the Wall Street Journal. In the next six weeks Nazareth would go through the excitement and hell of being interviewed by three TV stations and two hundred radio stations; articles were written about it as far away as Germany, Thailand and Australia. The phenomenon has not yet played itself out. Since the initial year Nazareth has been presented with the Keys to the city by the Mayor of Memphis, he has been intervi ewed by Canada AM and As It Happens, and more recently he was invited to the University of Tel Aviv to give a lecture on Elvis. An artocle from the course is the major feature of the book In Search of Elvis published by Westview Press in January 1997. The groundbreaking course appears to have validated the process of taking popular music as an expression of contemporary culture and similar courses on other music have emerged He recently wrote the foreword to a the book Elviss Man Friday written by Gene Smith, Elviss close cousin and friend.
Paradoxically, the recognition and opportunity to do his best work as a Goan and African has been presented in the USA. The most important opportunity presented itself through his involvement with the IWP, a program which gathers authors who have already achieved some recognition in their home countries, offering a one semester residency for mutual exchange and critical dialogue. The program has had illustrious authors such as Ngugi, Wole Soyinka and Margaret Atwood. The authors, coming from different cultural backgrounds, problems of conflict, and dislocation, have found in Nazareth an empathetic person with his background and this has added a further dimension to the idea of literary life.
One of his anthologies was Goan Literature, A Modern Reader, a special issue of the Journal of South Asian Literature of Michigan State University published in 1985. When he was first asked to edit the issue his comment was What do I know about Goan literature? An Indian writer Dhilip Chitra, who was attending the International Writing Program in 1981, persuaded him to take it on by saying If not you, then who?. The four-year project was a journey into discovering the depths of his Goan roots. The anthology of about forty Goan authors from around the world, including poems, culture, short stories, history, is credited by many as revitalizing the Goan literature scene in the English medium.
Being so close to Toronto, he has taken the opportunity to present papers at the International Goan Festival organized by the GOA in 1988, and the Goan Academic Conference organized by the IGO in 1990.
In his undergraduate days Nazareth represented the university in hockey, cricket, badminton and table-tennis. Between 1966 and 1971 he had served as President of the Entebbe Goan Institute three times before he was thirty-two years of age. In 1985/86 he was the President of the African Literature Association. Nazareth is married to Mary and they have two children Kathleen and Monique.
Based on a biography written by John Scheckter.
When one hears Dr. Vincent Desa describes himself as a big fish in a small pond, it is in keeping with the modesty, yet love for people that his friends have come to know him for.
Dr. Desa was born in Nakuru, Kenya in 1947, attended medical school in Makerere University At the time Makerere had the best tropical medical college in the world., Uganda, and interned at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. He then did his specialist training in pediatrics at McMaster University, Hamilton and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons; he is also certified as Diplomat in the American Board of Pediatrics. He holds the positions of Chief of Pediatrics, and Director of Perinatology at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, and in addition is the Coordinator for Pediatrics for Family Medicine in Northern Ontario. Furthermore, he is associated with the Department of Family Medicine of Queens University (Kingston) as a lecturer.
Dr. Desa has made time to serve on several boards including the Ontario Ministry of Healths Pediatric Diabetes Subcommittee, and Provincial Incubator Task Force. He is a past Board member of the Childrens Aid Society, and past President of the Medical Staff St. Josephs General Hospital, Thunder Bay.
In his spare time he is an ardent angler, and enjoys hunting, music and gardening. In his university days he was an zealous sportsman, taking part in competitive swimming, and captaining the University Field Hockey team. He is married to Freida, and they have four children, Trina, Darren, Derek and Elise.
The late Charles Dias was born in 1915 and qualified in the UK as a pharmacist in 1940. He managed the venerable firm of Edward St. Rose in Mombasa - a firm which had the distinction of being the very first pharmacy in all of Kenya and which will celebrate its centenary in 1997. He was the founding member of the Pharmaceuticl Society of East Africa and served as a Council member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya.
Apart from his professional life, he was actively involved in social work, for the general and his own Goan community, serving as an active member on many boards. Through the years his numerous roles have included President of the Lions Club of Mombasa; active member of the Mombasa Goan Institute Vice-President of the RSPCA as well as President and key participant of the Moira Socials in Mombasa. During his tenure as President of the Lions Club, he was instrumental in the fund-raising and building of the Blood Bank center in the Uhuru Gardens, Mombasa. His strong social commitment and his belief to promote the community was the impetus to him volunteering his services to the Moira committee and the Lions Club when he came to Canada. He was the President of the Villagers of Moira in 1983 and in 1991 held the position of trustee.
Charles Dias was married to Dorothy and they had two children Renee and Marion. He was a man of integrity, tenacity and human compassion; who made significant contributions to the well-being of the community; who never lost sight of the importance of family and friends and whose commitment to these core values governed his life in his relationships with people, in his professional practice and in his dedication to humanity.
Ms. Margaret De Souza is widely known in the community as a Health Expert in the field of Sexuality. She has been a guest on several radio and television shows between her first appearance on CFRB with Wally Crouter in 1982 to talk about "Infertility in the 80s", to her 1995 panel discussion with Rob Buchmann on TVO on "A Good Sex Guide II".
Margaret was born in Uganda and did much of her education there. In 1966 she qualified as a Nurse Midwife in the UK. She practiced as a nurse in Uganda until the Expulsion of Asians in 1972, when she came to Canada. Once here sheobtained her RN in 1973, a Diploma in Sex Education and Counselling in 1981, and a BA in Psychology in 1984.
In Canada she has worked in St. Joseph's Hospital, Toronto, as a Childbirth Educator, Infertility Diagnostic Nurse, and presently provides menopause workshops at the Hospital's Heath Centre. She is a founder of the Self Help Group for Artificial Premature Menopause in 1994, and is also a member of the Board of Directors for Sex Information and Education Council of Canada.
Margaret has been invited as a guest speaker to schools, workplaces and community centres to talk on sex education and menopause. She has papers published in Canadian Women's Health Quarterly, and a section published in the book "On Women Healthshare" by Women's Press 1995. In 1995 she presented a paper on "Psychosexual Aspects of Infertility" in Moscow as part of a team of 22 members from around the world organized by the Citizen Ambassador Program of the USA.
In this busy schedule it is hard to believe that Margaret has made time to be a playwright and actor. She has written and directed for plays in Konkani for the Goan Theatrical Group, and one play in English for the International Ugandan Reunion in 1992. She has also served in several positions in the Executive of the GTG including President. In recognition of this dedicated service she was awarded the 10-Year Volunteer Award in 1987 by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship.
Jerome D'Silva was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1923. He obtained his BA from DJ Arts College and completed one year of law at Sahni Law School.
In 1952 he briefly got involved politically as a Municipal Alderman. However, his primary occupation was a company that he and his partner started in 1947, the Hussain D'Silva Construction Company. The firm, which became one of the largest developers in Pakistan, was fully integrated and included property brokerage, land acquisition and development, leasing and operations. The developments included a major shopping centre, a complex of 430 condominiums, over 50 farms, and a township with 500 bungalows, which is named Hussain-D'Silva after the two partners. He was also responsible for financing and starting The East and West Savings and Loan Association to finance house purchases in his residential delopments; at the time it was the only savings and loans assoc iation in Karachi.
The two partners also owned Hussain-D'Silva Films Ltd., which produced several full-length movies in Urdu, the most well-known being Bara Adhimi (Big Man), which won the Nigar Award in Pakistan.
In spite of his success, Jerome decided to emigrated to Canada in 1974. He believed that the politically instability in Pakistan at the time would make it difficult for the future of his family. In Toronto, he and his brother formed a company Steward Provisions Ltd., under which they owned and operated The Sea Shanty Restaurant and Tavern in Brampton, St. Catherines and downtown Toronto.
Jerome has been a strong supporter of the Goan community. In Pakistan he supported the Karachi Goan Association by making his office home to many of its Committee meetings. He also involved himself in community affairs by sponsoring a hockey team for the town built by his company; the team won the Cabral Shield Tournament among others. In Toronto he is a regular at meeting of the Goan Overseas Association and the Canorient.
In 1989 he decided to sell his interests in the company and concentrate on his grandchildren. Through all his achievements Jerome considers his greatest accomplishment to be marrying the KGA May Queen of 1952, his wife Yvette. They have eight children Lynette, Ashley, Naomi, Aureen, Desmond, Elena, Rodney and Keith, and twelve grandchildren.
John Maximian Nazareth, born in Nairobi in 1908, describes himself as a brown Kenyan and it was as a brown Kenyan that he played a vital role in the struggle for independence in Kenya and in reassuring the Asian community that they had a prosperous and secure future under an African government.
Nazareth was educated at St. Xaviers College, the University of Bombay and completed his law studies in London UK, receiving several awards in the process. He was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in London in 1932, and after reading in Chambers (UK) he entered legal practice in Kenya in 1934. He soon proved to be an outstanding lawyer and had a very large chancery practice, first in partnership with Mr. Trivedi, and subsequently with M/s Madan, H. V. Shah and Satish-Gautama. He was appointed Queens Counsel and Ag. Puisne Judge of the High Court of Kenya in 1954 and was elected president of the Law Society of Kenya in 1955.
He was a passionate believer in the rule of law, in the principle of equality for all peoples irrespective of race, religion, colour or tribe. It was in this spirit that he agreed to be a judge as he wanted every so-called terrorist or freedom-fighter to obtain a free and fair trial, a difficult proposition with the emotionally charged atmosphere prevailing in pre-independent Kenya at the time.
He strongly believed that all oppressed and discriminated peoples should join together in their struggle against imperialism. When he was elected President of the East African Indian National Congress 1950-1952 (with Pio Pinto as his secretary) and later as Indian Member of the Legislative Council 1956-1960 he made common cause with the African leadership. Without Asian participation in the political process Kenyas independence could have been compromised or even delayed. The Indian-African solidarity hastened the decolonisation process. It enabled the nationalists to forge a united front at the Lancaster House constitutional conference to bring about an African majority in the Legislative Council culminating in independence in 1963. The full story of how the agreement was achieved at the conference was told in his book Brown Man Black Country - On the Foothills of Uhuru. Asian nationalists also played a major part in the campaign to release Mzee Jomo Kenyatta (later, elected first President of Kenya) and other detainees.
African hostility to Asians, which was so much a feature of 1967 and 1968, has, it is generally felt, diminished with the realization that African landlords, businessmen and civil servants are no better and sometimes worse.
Nazareth also involved himself in the struggle for the liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule. He became President of the E.A. Goan Association which was specifically formed for the purpose.
In his later years he devoted most of his time to further higher education and to find a formula for international disarmament and world peace. He was President of the Gandhi Memorial Academy, and a member of the Council of the University of Nairobi. One of his last contributions in this regard was the 6th Gandhi Memorial Lecture he gave on the Problem Of Disarmament, The Way To Its Solution.
Said Nazareth: .. the decision I made in 1974 to live it out in Kenya held. And it still holds. I personally work with my African colleagues or associates with great amity and in mutual confidence. And so, born in Kenya, I hope to continue to live in Kenya and to die in Kenya, not as a guest, but as a friend, citizen and brother. This he did until he passed away in 1989. Nazareth was married to Monica, and they have three children Larry, Jeanne and Lionel.
Composite of articles published by P.G. Okoth in the December 1985 issue of Drum, and F.R.S. De Souza.
Frank Joseph Britto was born in Bombay in 1915. He grew up in Bombay, where he attended St. Xavier's High School, St. Mary's High School and later St. Xavier's College.
After working for a few years, at the age of 26 he joined the army and was commissioned in 1940. He saw active service in Burma. Dhera Dun, Quetta and Persia during World War II. In 1948 he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and was posted as an instructor to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington (South India) which was a very challenging job. Two years later he was appointed to Chief of Staff of an Infantry.
Division in Ambala (North India) and was frequently tactically deployed in operation and exercises in the northern parts of the country.
In 1953, when he was appointed Regional Director of the National Cadet Corps in Bombay, he was able to mould the characters of a good many school and college going youngsters, starting a Girls' Division of the National Cadet Corps in four of the political states. This was a very rewarding period of his career.
He then worked with an Armoured Division in Jhansi, moved to Army Head Quarters at New Delhi in a new job in Operations and Plans for logistic support of field forces and was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1960. In 1963 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, and was appointed Commandant of a very large Army Service Corps Training Centre in Bangalore, where the work was innovative, controlling training for war, and he played an important role in the educational, social, welfare and domestic fields. This was the culmination of 25 years of military service.
After a short posting in New Delhi as Inspector A.S.C., he retired from the army as a Brigadier General in 1966, and the family moved to their home in Bombay. Shortly thereafter, he entered the business field as Regional Manager of Kirloskar Pneumatics for a few years, and then joined MSSIDC (Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Development Corporation), before the family migrated to Canada in 1975 and accepted the challenge of establishing itself here.
In Toronto, Frank worked for a few years for Royal Trust and CIBC and took some time off to travel extensively. He got involved in various activities in the community and in 1982 he had the honour of being on the committee and serving as the President of the Village of Moira, a memory he always cherished. Frank had a terrific sense of humour, a flair for entertaining, enjoyed making people happy, and being of service to them. He loved and lived life to the fullest, enjoying music, public speaking, studying, reading, writing articles and short stories, corresponding and travelling. He spent many enjoyable weekend fishing expeditions with his work buddies.
Frank was married to Maude, and they had five children Frederic, George, Frank, Pamela and Katrina, as well as two grandchildren.
He died in Toronto on October 6, 1985 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was a soldier till the very end, and was a fine example to those around him, of how to endure suffering patiently.
The late Mr. John Sequeira did his matriculation in St. Vincents College in Poona and Interscience in St. Xaviers College in Bombay, before returning in 1947 to Uganda to work in the firm, C. Louis & Company, of which he became a partner. He was all round sportsman, playing hockey and cricket for the St. Xaviers College teams. But it was his cricket career that was partiularly illustrious.
Besides St. Xaviers he played Cricket for the Kampala Goan Institute for many years, played and captained the Goan team for the Pentangulars, and represented Uganda on several occasions in the 1950s.
In 1972 as a result of the Expulsion of Asians from Uganda, he made his home in Mississauga, where he involved himself with his church as an Usher and other volunteer work. He took a great interest in the Moira Social and was President in 1980 as well as Trustee for a few years. He was married to Sybil and they had two children, Janice and Melissa.
When one of the relatively new parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto was named after St. Francis Xavier we would have expected a Goan to be involved - and so it was, the pastor being Fr. Terence DSouza. Fr. Terence was born in 1932 in Jacobabad, in then British India, later, Pakistan. After studies in Karachi, he chose to became a priest and was ordained in 1960.
As a priest Fr. Terence has been very active both in physically and mentally. From 1960-68 he was Secretary to the Archbishop, and 1968-70 Secretary to the Papal Nuncio. From 1970-75 he served as Editor of Christian Voice, and inbetween (1973-75) was appointed Vicar General of Karachi. If that were not enough he chose to be pastoral priest of Landhi which required him to say Mass in the streets for the poor of the region.
In 1975 he accepted an earlier offer by Bishop Fulton to come to Toronto because by that time, a significant number of his close relatives had emigrated to this region. He served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of the Airways Parish in Malton (1975-82), moved to Pope John XXIII Parish in Don Mills as Pastor, and finally was asked to start a new parish in Mississauga which he canvassed relentlessly to have named St. Francis Xavier Church. He is still pastor of the parish and expects to lay the foundations for the church building in the Spring of 1997.
A strong believer in education, Fr. Terence decided to run for Trustee in the Dufferin Peel Separate School Board after receiving approval from then Cardinal Carter. He was elected twice and served between 1988 and 1994. When a new highschool was opened in his parish boundaries in 1990 he gently canvassed the parents to asked for the name St. Francis Xavier - and so it has been named.
Fr. Terence is a proud Goan and Catholic. He is a resolute believer that firm roots are important to sustain a strong family and staunch faith. On many an occasion he has used the example of St. Francis to urge us on. As he says "St. Francis did not bring Catholicism to Goa, but he strengthened it. Likewise Goans have not brought Christianity to Canada, but we can strengthen it." When asked why he became a priest, he replied that he is not sure. For one, as a child his health was not the best and so his parents did not push him. He credits two factors: first, his godfather was once a seminarian and may have influenced him; but perhaps most of all, the constant presence of prayer in his parents home created a fertile environment.
Mr. Ivan St. Clair Sequeira studied at St. Josephs North Point Darjeeling, St. Xaviers College, and the Government Law College in Bombay. After qualifying as an Advocate High Court of Bombay he emigrated to Uganda, where he qualified as an Advocate of the High Court. While in Uganda he rose progressively to Deputy Registrar for the High Court of Uganda, Deputy Registrar for the East African Court of Appeal, and finally Chief Magistrate. While practicing law, he was selected to study space law, consular law, and court martial law in the United Kingdom.
As political stability in Uganda took a turn for the worse, Mr. Sequeira chose to emigrate to Canada in 1967 and became one of the Goan pioneers in Toronto, there being just a few hundred of them in the region then. Here he qualified as a Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public and practiced for twenty years in Etobicoke, and in the process was appointed Queens Counsel in 1981.
He has served on a number of professional associations in several continents. While in Uganda he was President of the International Commission of Jurists, East Africa. He was the founding President of the Etobicoke Law Guild. Over the years he has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, York County Bar Association, and Canadian Bar Association.
In that time he found time to perform a myriad of volunteer service. When the Goan Overseas Association formed in Ontario in the early 1970s, he was its first Legal Adviser. He accepted the task of becoming the first President and Director of Madeira House, a counselling and residential service facility for youth and drunk drivers. He also became a member of the Peel Drunk Driving Committee, and a Business Director of the Etobicoke Arthritis Society. He has been a member of the International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, and the United Nations Association of Canada.
He retired from his law practice in 1988, and while maintaining a number of his volunteer activities he also founded the Walk and Wheel Club, a mall walking club at Square One in Mississauga, to ensure that he not only kept himself fit, but help others keep fit too.
When Charles Correa won the Premium Imperial (the Japanese parallel to the Nobel Prize) earlier this year, it was recognition for over three decades of work which earned him distinction far and wide and any number of awards too with it. It is an architecture of horizontal planes, of roofs and platforms, open colonnades, verandahs and courtyards with fountains that he promoted and today that has become a style distinctive for our climatic conditions, an architecture that has grown out of the existing conditions of heat, light and air in our country.
The Japanese award, which comprises a gold medal and 150 million yen is given to those who have distinguished themselves in the fields of architecture, theatre and film and Sir John Gielgard was among the others honoured this year.
The award is one more honour in his long list of prizes which include the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (Britain - 1984), the Chicago Architecture Award (1986), member of the French Academy of Architecture (1985), honorary doctorate by the University of Michigan (1980) and of course the Padma Shri (1972) plus the First Prize for low-income housing early (1961) in his career. It is a subject close to his heart and which earned him the distinction of being designated Chief Architect to CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation), the twin city project, from 1971 to 1974.
Charles Mark Correa was born in Secunderabad on September 1, 1930. After finishing his Inter-science from St. Xaviers College, Bombay, he went abroad to study architecture, securing his B. Arch from the University of Michigan in 1953 and his M. Arch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955. He returned to India in 1958 to start private practice which he continues till today with as much gusto and enthusiasm he had at the beginning. He is married to Monika Sequeira (since 1961) and they have two children, Chinu and Nakul.
Perhaps because of his American training, he is rarely tempted to import Western ideas. Like most architects of his generation he has been influenced by Le Corbusier (the man who designed Chadigarh), but by his response to the Mediterranean sun with his grand sculptural decisions he believes that Corbusiers influence in the colder climes has not been beneficial because these heroic gestures had to withdraw into defensible space, into mechanically heated (and cooled) interiors of the building.
In Bombay, Correa is known for his Salvacao Church at Dadar and the Kanchanjunga Apartments, in Goa for the Cidade de Goa Hotel and the Kala Academy, in Ahmedabad for the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya and the Ramkrishna House, the LIC Centre and the British Council Building in Delhi, the Kovalem Beach Resourt Hotel in Kerala and the Bay Island Hotel in Port Blair, Andamans. But these are just jewels in his crown of architectural utility and grandeur that spread far and wide over our subcontinent.
On the site of the Mandovi river in Panjim is the Kala Academy and this centre for the performing arts provides facilities for a 1000-seat auditorium, a 2000-seat amphitheatre and a special black box for experimental productions. The walls of the auditorium are painted illusions of an old Goan theatre, complete with boxes and typical Goan inhabitants, drawn by renowned Goan artist Mario Miranda. They create an ambiance that is distinctly Goan, like the street in the Cidade de Goa Hotel. At the start of the show the house lights dim gradually with the illuminated painted figures in the balconies fading last of all. It is a question of illusion and reality playing hide-and-seek and giving the viewer a near-ethereal feeling. It is much the same feeling one gets on entering the lobby at Cidade de Goa and rubbing shoulders with the three Portuguese "conquistadors."
And yet, Charles Correa does not believe in wallowing in the past. We must understand our past well enough to value it and also well enough to know why (and how) it must be changed. Architecture is not just a reinforcement of existing values - social, economic and political. On the contrary it should open doors to new aspirations. Correa also believes that if we are always going to dwell on the past and the Portuguese, we may not have any present and future.
If one could list a few cardinal principles in his vast body of work, it could be summed up an incrementality, pluralism, participation, income generation, equity, open-to-sky space and disaggregation. And yet there is a visual quality that is akin to a great creative persons in any field and where the primordial has become a fecund source of the mythic. That is why Picasso and Matisse in their paintings, Stravinsky in his music and Le Corbusier in his architecture have searched out for the primitive.
By Ervell E. Menezes. Reprinted in abbreviated form from the January 1995 issue of Goa Today.
When David Nazareth started umpiring [field] hockey at the young age of 21 in Uganda in 1970, little did he know then that he would become Canadas premiere umpire as his mind was more on playing the sport. Since then he has attained his F.I.H. Crown (Grade 1) rating and has umpired in the following tournaments:
1979: Folkstone Cup (UK), and Pan American Games - Puerto Rico.
1982: ESANDA International Tournament in Melbourne, Australia.
1982: Junior World Cup Tournament in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
1982: Appointed to the World Cup and Olympic list (one of few Goans to be on list)
1983: Hong Kong International Tournament, and Junior Pan American Games.
1985: Junior World Cup Tournament in Vancouver.
1994: Four Nations International Tournament, Toronto.
David was born in Entebbe in 1949, and educated in the Entebbe Goan School as well as Kololo High School. General Idi Amins Expulsion of Asians from Uganda in 1972 found David and his brothers and sister resolving to remain in Uganda. However, when he found himself without his then girlfriend Lydia, who had left for Canada with many other Asians, he discovered that life was not worth living without her. Within a week he bought an air ticket and left for Toronto with no visa, just a few clothes and a prayer. God was with him when he was met at the Toronto airport by an immigration officer whom he knew. Sympathizing with his plight he let him in. David and Lydia married in November 1972, being the first of the Ugandan refugees to do so.
On coming to Toronto, David joined Philips Electronics, rising to the position of Components Manager. When Philips moved most of its manufacturing to the USA in 1991 and he found himself without a job, he opened his own courier company D & L Nazareth Courier Service, which he operates successfully to today.
David has spent a significant amount of time in community service starting in 1970 when he was Treasurer of the Entebbe [Goan] Institute. More recently he has been Vice-President of the Goan Overseas Association in Toronto for five years, being elected in 1989, 1991 and 1995. He has also served in committee for the Moira Social in several capacities. Although he is renowned for his umpiring, David had also played hockey, being goalkeeper for the Entebbe Institute in 1970-72, and for the Lions Club in Toronto 1973-74. He is a devoted family man with two children Nicole and Rex.
Mr. Fred D'Silva was raised in Karachi, studying at N.E.D. Engineering College from which he graduated with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. He worked for a year with the PWD before emigrating to Canada in 1958, being one of the earliest Goans to come to Toronto.
In Toronto Fred worked first for Pirini Construction, and then Bramalea Constructions Ltd., before buying out the construction division of Bramalea to form Bradsil in 1962. Bradsil grew to be the tenth largest construction company in Canada at its peak. In 1972 he formed Oswenda Developments to handle the development side of the business. Among his companies most well-known projects are:
- Grand Harbour on Lakeshore
- Bramalea City Centre
- Royal Military College, Kingston
- Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Burlington
- North York Education Centre
Fred has also taken the time to get involved with the associations of the Goan community in Toronto, both the Canorient and the Goan Overseas Association. In particular, he was the Chairman of the GOA Building Committee for several years. Fred is married to Melba, and they have three children Oscar, Darrel and Wendy.
When Mr. G.P. Nazareth QC JP was appointed as Supreme Court Judge in the Hong Kong High Court it marked another milestone in his distinguished career with the British Overseas Civil service.
Nazareth was educated at the Catholic Parochial School in Nairobi, St. Xaviers College and Government Law College in Bombay and Lincolns Inn in London UK. He joined the Kenya Public Service in 1954 as a prosecutor, rising to Senior Counsel.
In 1963 he moved to the Solomon Islands to take up an appointment as Assistant Attorney General, subsequently rising to Solicitor General, and then Attorney General to the British Western Pacific High Commission. He also became a member of the islands Legislative and Executive Councils and for a time Deputy Governor.
In 1976 Nazareth was transferred to Hong Kong as a Law Draftsman and was recently appointed to the bench. He was a member of the British team that hammered out the Sino British Treaty with China over the future of Hong Kong.
Nazareths activities have not been confined to his job. In the years he has found time for attachments to the Parliamentary Counsel Office in London to be a visiting fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. He was also founder President of the St. Francis Xaviers Association in Hong Kong which is a social, sports and welfare organization, and which has been instrumental in assisting Goan domestic workers exploited by their employers in the colony. For his long illustrious service to the Crown he was presented with the OBE in 1975 and the CBE in 1985. Nazareth is married to Elba, and they have three children Melanie, Valerie, and Deborah.
Mr. Joaquim DMello was born in Karachi in 1933 and educated at St. Patricks High School and College, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is currently Senior Vice-President of the Muslim Commercial Bank Ltd., the largest private bank in Pakistan.
Joaquim continued his studies during his banking career, becoming a Diplomaed Associate of the Institute of Bankers - Pakistan, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers - London. He is the author of Foreign Trade and Foreign Exchange published in two volumes by the Institute of Bankers in Pakistan. He is also a regular contributor to the Journal of the Institute of Bankers under the column Legal Discussions Affecting Bankers.
Joaquim is married to Joyce (nee Rodgers), and they have four children, James, Jennifer Menezes, Jeanne Misquitta, and Jessica Alphons; and four grandchildren.
When Vernon Lobo received the Victor Abreo Education Award presented by the Goan Overseas Association in 1982, his acceptance speech was a tour-de-force that left everyone convinced that this young man was going places. He has not disappointed.
Vernon graduated with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo on the Deans Honour List. While studying there he was awarded two scholarships for robotics development. In 1991 he obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar.
After graduating Vernon worked in the Toronto firm of McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager performing diverse tasks such are leading teams of executives and consultants in developing business strategies in the fields of telecommunications, multimedia, and electronic commerce. His talents were quickly observed by Quorum Growth Inc., an investment firm that provides expansion capital and strategic expertise to emerging technology-rich companies, and he is now a partner with the firm.
Vernon is married to Ingrid and they have a daughter Dana that they both dote on. He enjoys piano, achieving a level of Grade 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music. While studying at Harvard he took time to run in the Boston Marathon, and be a volunteer tutor for inner-city children.
When Mr. Martin Rodrigues became President of the Ontario Goan Overseas Association in 1972, the association was just in its third year of existence. This pioneering spirit epitomizes Martin.
Martin was born in 1928 in Quetta. He studied at St. Anselm's High School in Aimer, Rajasthan from 1938 to 1948. After Senior Cambridge he joined The World Health Organization, which gave him the opportunity to travel to the Far East, Vietnam and surrounding areas. On his return to Delhi he joined Volkart Brothers as an engineering apprentice in the earth moving department. In 1958, he moved to Germany where he found work in the development department of KHD, manufacturers of earth moving machinery.
In 1966, he was transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and later on moved to Terrace, British Columbia. From there he travelled extensively throughout Northwestern Canada including Kitimat, Prince Rupert, and Queen Charlotte Islands, to name a few. In the 1970's he came to Ontario and joined Sidbec Dosco where he worked for 26 years until his retirement.
Martin has made the time to serve in community affairs. Besides the Goan Overseas Association he has also served in Moira committees in several positions including President in 1974. He has taken part in Konkani theatre as actor and singer for twenty years in the Goan Threatrical Group and the Goan Konkani Troupe.
Martin is married to Natalie and they have two daughters Catherine and Iris.
Dr. Lorna D'Silva (nee De Souza) emigrated to Canada with her parents at a young age in the early 1970s. She knows what it is to struggle as a new immigrant trying to make a life in a new country. She graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1979 and was certified as a physician in Family and Community Medicine in 1981. She married Ashley shortly after and the two of them have four children, Andrea, Mark, Rachel and Adam.
Lorna found ways to juggle her professions of doctor and mother. She has maintained a part-time private-practice in Oakville and has been a Medical Training Consultant to Ciba Pharmaceuticals, conducting seminars and workshops.
Lorna is an accomplished singer, being a member of the Calbes Voice Studio, and pianist, completing her Grade 8 while pregnant with her first child. She is also a fitness enthusiast, taking up swimming, aerobics and Tai-Kwan-Do. She has used her talents not only to her benefit, but also for the community at large. She has enthralled many with her singing and acting in the plays The King and I and The Sound of Music put up by Goans on Stage, the arts wing of the Goan Overseas Association. She regularly organizes church choirs for our village socials. She is also the founder president of the Goan Physicians of Canada, an association formed in 1993. Besides proving a forum for networking, the association is currently involved with the fight to help prevent pedophilia in Goa.
As busy as her life may seem, Lorna has managed because she shares her love for her pursuits with her family. Her children are involved with music, acting and fitness. Her husband Ashley joins in some of the fun, but believes that with all this activity he provides a valuable ingredient for the family - an audience.
Mr. Joe Da Silva was born in Mapusa, Goa, and raised in Uganda. He attended elementary school at Norman Godinho, highschool at Kololo Secondary School, and then joined Lawrie Prophet & Company as an apprentice accounting student. In 1971 after General Idi Amin came to power in Uganda through a military coup, Jose left Uganda for the United Kingdom and continued his studies in accounting through Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co.
Midway through his accounting studies he was offered a job with a U.N. body, The International Tin Council, as an Assistant Finance Officer and trainee Cash Metals Trader. It was this latter duty that opened his view to the investment business in which he found a calling.
In 1975 he decided to emigrate to Canada as much of his and his fiancees family had moved there as a result of the Expulsion of Asians from Uganda. On coming to Toronto he joined Richardson Greenshield, a investment firm where he still is. Starting as a trainee in the back office, he kept on working and studying, becoming a qualified Investment Advisor in 1980. In 1978 he was promoted to Assistant Office Manager, and in 1992 was appointed Vice-President of the Private Client Division.
Joe was an ardent field hockey player, representing the Kampala Goan Institute between 1962 and 1970. He was also selected for the Uganda National team and played against Pakistan in Kampala, and travelled with the team to play in the East African Games in Nairobi. He is currently involved in the Unionville Baseball League where he has been a volunteer baseball coach for the last five years. He has also written several columns on investing in the Pulse of the GOA. Joe is married to Hazel, and they have two children Kimberley and Garath.
Mr. Joseph De Souza emigrated to Canada in 1968 and taught high school in Quebec before joining the Ottawa Separate School Board as Consultant for English and Vice-Principal. In 1974 he moved to Mississauga with the Dufferin-Peel Separate system as Vice-Principal and thereafter as Principal.
Joe was raised in Nairobi, Kenya where he attended high school and Teachers College. He taught high school and lectured at the Kenya Polytechnical Institute in Nairobi. He attended Leeds University on a British Council Scholarship in 1963 which involved research work in linguistics and semantics as it affects the Teaching of English as a Second Language. While in Canada he obtained a B.A. in Literature and Psychology, and an M.A. in Literature from the University of Ottawa.
Joe retired from his job as Principal in 1996 and launched a new career in the Cruise Industry where he is a Consultant with Cruise Ship Centers. He is married to Diana and they have two children Joycelene and Joel.
Len Mendes was born and raised in Karachi before emigrating to Canada in 1964. He has spent most of the thirty-two years he has been here in Winnipeg and had immersed himself in Manitoba politics. He was twice elected to the Manitoba School Board (1970-72) and was appointed to the provincial Minister of Education to his Advisory Committee. In 1974 he won the nomination and ran for the Liberal Party Manitoba provincial election, narrowly losing to the PC candidate. He remembers campaigning together with Mr. Lloyd Axworthy, who was running in a neighbouring riding; Axworthy went on to win and later moved to the Federal scene, where is now a minister in the Chretien cabinet. Between 1968-76 he was the Director of Operations for the election of Federal Minister of National Revenue, J.P. Guay. In 1972 he was appointed a judge on the Federal Electoral Court of Revision in St. Boniface.
Len obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, and later qualified in Electronics and Natural Gas Technology. He has worked for Trans Canada Pipelines in various management positions for twenty-nine years, twenty-six in Manitoba, and the past three in Southern Ontario.
One of the first things that Len did on moving to the Toronto area three years ago was attend our Moira village social. His comfort with Moidekars comes from the fact that both his parents, and all four of his grandparents came from Moira. In the short while that Len and his wife Evelyn have been in the area they have made numerous friends while renewing the acquaintances of old friends from twenty-five years prior. They have two daughters Sandra and Sharon.
Mr. Vivian Dias was raised in Uganda, where he did most of his schooling. After graduating with a B.Sc. from the University of Nairobi in 1967 he joined Burroughs Computers in Kampala as a sales trainee.
In 1971 Vivian emigrated to Canada, taking a transfer with Burroughs, and built a new life for himself and his family in London Ontario. He rose through the ranks at Burroughs, first promoted to District Manager, next, to London Branch Manager in 1975, and then put on Special Assignment to market Burroughs computers to all hospitals in Ontario.
In 1986 he moved to the Toronto area to start his own computer company called Convergent Systems. In 1990 he acquired Keywest Micro, and with his expertise, the company has become a respected and established computer retailer in Mississauga, providing system solutions to the business, education and government community. He has recently helped to pioneer the laserfiche technology associated with document imaging to help manage documents.
In his younger days Vivian was a keen sportsman, representing Nairobi University in cricket and field hockey. He was also a regular player in Horizon Sports Clubs hockey team. Through Keywest Micro, and in addition to the charities he contributes to, he has offered education and work opportunities to those who wish to choose a career in computers. He is married to Greta and they have two children Keith and Melanie.
The hope of investors and the envy of many a financial consultant - thats Jennifer Mendes whose name has become synonymous with finance. The Bombay-born and bred Sophia College economics graduate, got into the investment consultancy more by accident than by choice. A transformed introvert, bursting with Sophia confidence, Jennifer, in 1981, took up the Peerless agency while holding her bank job. The fruits of sheer hard work that she soon began reaping, brought about a realisation that merely two hours of investment consultancy was monetarily worth more than seven hours at the bank.
Eager to get back to her roots, she quit her bank job. Taking a calculated risk in 1986 she and her husband came to settle in Goa. Brick by brick with missionary-like zeal and hard work, and her husbands unflinching support and encouragement, Jennifer laid the foundation of what has grown into a mega consultancy agency, representing some of the big names of the Indian finance investment scene. Security coupled with better returns than banks is what she offers her 2500 odd investors, while charging no fees for investment consultancy or services rendered. With offices at Mapusa, Calangute and Moira - the village she resides in, Jennifer plans to consolidate on what she had built up from nothing.
With the influx of Goan Bombayites on the up, Jennifer admits that business is booming. Truly a woman of substance, Jennifer has this advice to give to those interested in pursuing investment consultancy as a profession, Go ahead. Do it with hard work and sincerity. Keep the investors interests at heart and they will help you grow. Although highly in demand for her financial expertise and ever busy, Jennifer still makes time to love and care for her musician husband Mathew Mendes and their three children.
Reprinted from the May 1995 issue of Goa Today.
Associate Professor Francis Lobo is the Head of Community Studies in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at Edith Cowan University, Perth , Western Australia. He was born at Entebbe, Uganda, but had his school education in India. He completed a Teacher's Certificate in Uganda, read for an undergraduate diploma at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, graduated with a Master of Science degree with honours at George Williams College in the United States and acquired awards of Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia.
He has had extensive higher education teaching experience in leisure, sport and related areas in East Africa, the United States, Canada, Europe, India and Australia. His organizational abilities in sports were best exemplified by his years as Games Tutor in Makerere University, Uganda, where he organized internal sports and inter-university games with universities in Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and Zambia. He was also an ardent sportsman, playing field hockey for the Kampala [Goan] Institute, one of the best teams in Uganda at the time.
Over the past five years Dr. Lobo has researched into late career unemployment and its impact on family and lifestyle. He has spoken on the topic at several national and international forums, published in journals and is presently co-authoring a book on late career unemployment in Australia. In recent years, Dr. Lobo has been invited to sit on expert international committees and organizations dealing with sport, leisure and recreation. He is presently the Executive Secretary of the International Committee on the Sociology of Leisure, a member of the Faculty of the World Leisure and Recreation Association (WLRA), International Centre of Excellence (WICE), and in July this year was appointed on the Advisory Committee of the WICE with its teaching headquarters at the Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. Dr. Lobo is married to Sylvia and they have two children Jacqueline and Noel.
Mr. Peter Desa was born in Bombay where he studied at Sacred Heart High School, St. Xaviers College, and obtained a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bombays VJTI Technical Institute. Even while he was still at university he was wooed by Victor Gaskets, where he started his first job. In 1970 he came to Canada as a visitor and decided that this was the place he would like to make his home.
After a year of toughing it out he was granted landed immigrant status, and he started back into the gasket industry. In 1972 he joined the Canadian Division of Johns Manville Corporation rising to General Manager within three years. His studies with the Canadian Institute of Management enkindled his interest an entrepreneur, so in 1987 he left to form his own company All Custom Gasket and Materials Ltd., manufacturing asbestos-free gasket materials for the aerospace, petrochemical, pulp & paper, and military markets.
In his youth Peter was an avid sportsman and captained the Sacred Heart hockey as well as soccer teams. Peter is married to Brenda, who is Vice-President of his company, and they have three children Tania, Stephanie and Alicia.
Mr. Trevor De Mello was born 1951 in Kenya and did his early education there. In 1969, after high school, he joined the Kenya Airforce and was sent to the Royal Airforce College in Cranwell UK to study engineering. On completing his studies he returned to Kenya where he continued to serve in the Airforce, rising to the rank of Major in 1979. In 1984, after he completed his medium service commission he decided to leave the armed forces with a view to emigrating as a consequence of political instability which involved the military.
In the next two years Trevor worked as a Workshop Manager and Technical Manager for Wigglesworth & Company in Nairobi before emigrating to Canada in 1986. In most of the time that he has been here, he has worked for De Havilland Aircraft/Bombardier Regional Aircraft where he is now Supervisor of the Action Centre. He is married to Raquele, and they have two children Robert and Brenda.
When Mr. Urban Lobo passed away in 1995, Goa lost an eminent person who contributed to his motherland as an engineer and an ardent environmentalist.
Mr. Lobo was born on Mombasa, Kenya in 1928. He was educated in St. Xaviers College Bombay, and obtained his B.Sc. in Engineering from Poona Engineering College. He joined the Central Government and quickly became renowned for his expertise. On loan to the Province of Bombay, he worked at the Kakrapar Irrigation Project, the first major irrigation project undertaken after Indias Independence.
Professionally, Mr. Lobo became known for his austere living and strict honesty, dismissing many a corrupt engineer. In 1958 when he was made personal assistant to the Chief Engineer in the Bombay Sachivalaya he came into the confidence of the PWD Minister, Mr. S.G. Barve. His exposure to the corruption that threatened his life resulted in his resignation and departure for the United Kingdom.
In London he did postgraduate at the Imperial College of Science and Technology obtaining a Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering in 1960. He became an Associate Member of the Institute of Structural Engineering and Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers in the field of power in nature for the use of man. He worked in a number of companies in Leicester and London, but the pull of his motherland saw him returning to Bombay in 1966 to join Descon Construction. He opened a branch of the same company in Goa in 1969 and guided it until he passed away.
To the public Mr. Lobo was best known for his love for nature and ecology. His first public involvement was in 1974 when Zuari Agro Chemical affluents seeped underground affecting water, crops and people in its vicinity in Goa. He had advised the company not to dump the affluents in the Bisso reservoir, but the company did not pay heed, and the first opposition to environmental pollution began in Goa. When Mr. Lobo joined many of us that had begun the fight, the movement took a new turn.
For the thousands that marched for the first time since Goas liberation to demand the closure of Zuari, Mr. Lobo was the backbone, as his investigative mind and research oriented temperament produced documents as bases for the struggle. As a result of the movement, Zuari closed for six months and changed the process of manufacture to eliminate arsenic. The struggle led to the passage of the Central Water Pollution and Control Act in the Parliament of India.
In 1975 Mr. Lobo got involved with the fight against the destruction of marine ecology involving trawlers, contributing with his research and papers on the subject, even courting arrest by joining the fishermens agitation. His other efforts included the struggle to prevent the destruction of sand dunes in the coastal areas of Goa in 1977-82 and the effects of Five-star hotels to the ecology. His last struggle began in 1989 to oppose the route chosen for the Konkan Railway. His efforts were not successful as the movement was fraught with disunity, but today the Konkan Railway finally tacitly accepts the studies Mr. Lobo did that showed the route through the khazan lands was damaging as correct.
God is gifted with many intelligent men and women, but very few have the commitment and determination to fight for the good of society like Mr. Lobo did. His contribution towards safeguarding the ecology and environment in Goa has been immense. He was not alone in his struggles, but had all the moral support from his wife, Mercedes and his three sons, Ashok, Anand and Dinesh. An extract of an article previously published by Mathany Saldanha.
Mr. George Correa was born in Mombasa Kenya in 1937, studied at the Goan High School there. He received his basic training in the 4th Kings African Rifles in Uganda and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst U.K. (1959-69), where he was awarded the Silver Cane, for best overseas officer cadet.
After his studies he returned to II Kings African Rifles, Nairobi and rose through the ranks to Major. His postings took him around the world, including Borneo in 1965-66 in the war with Indonesia, LAHR Germany on staff of the Armoured Division, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland and others. Even in retirement he was invited for a few years as a consultant to the Sultan of Oman Land Forces. He now resides in Devon and Woolwich in the U.K.
Mr. Joaquim Correa was born in 1895 in Nagpore, India. He emigrated to Mombasa, Imperial East Africa (later named Kenya), as a young lad and joined the British Army in World War I in its advance to Deutsche Ost Afrika (German East Africa, later Tanganyika, and now Tanzania). He assisted in the staffing and training of personnel required in the operation of both sea and inland ports of entry. He was awarded the King George V Defense medal for his service. After the war he joined the East African Customs & Excise Department rising to the post of Chief Clerk. He was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 1957 in appreciation of his services to the Crown. He passed away in Mombasa in 1971.
John Nazareth encompasses the qualities of a Goan. He has the logic of the West and the passion and spirituality of the East. John was born in Entebbe in 1947.His credentials include a B.Sc. from Makerere University, Post Graduate Diploma from the London School of Economics, Master in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University. He has worked in the Reliability Engineering field for twenty years for Litton Systems and Bombardier Regional Aircraft.
From his early days in Uganda, John has been an active member on the community at large as well as in the ongoing functioning of the Entebbe Goan Institute. This concern for the betterment of society has resulted in his assuming several key roles of responsibility including President of the Goan Overseas Association in Toronto (1985-86), Fund-raising Chairman of the Education Committee at Fr. Goetz High School and Director of the Friends of Uganda (responsible for sending textbooks to Uganda). He was also involved in sports Captaining the field hockey team in Makerere University, and later the Entebbe Goan Institute.
The commitment of John and his family to religious life and the community has enabled him to share his talents through various social endeavours and political causes. John has worked tirelessly to promote the Goan community in Toronto. He has written articles and organized book exhibitions in addition to the vast research he has done on Goan history. He has served on many Moira committees including being President in 1985 and 1993. John is married to Cynthia and they have two children Paul and Rachel.
The late Mr. Alex D'Mello of Karachi was President of the Conconian Branch of St. Patricks Parish for over a decade. He was awarded the Bene Merente Gold Medal by Pope Pius XII in August 1945.
The late Mr. P.C.S.C. Nazareth was President of the Entebbe Goan Institute five times. A self-educated man, he rose to the position of Chief Accountant in the pre-indepedence Uganda government. In recogntion of his service he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, and the order of the M.B.E.
Chappie Lobo is the current President of the Goan Overseas Association of Perth, Australia.
Lawrence Nazareth is a Professor of Computer Science at Pullman University Washington State, USA.
David Lobo, born in December 1984, will go down in history as the first Goan test-tube baby. His proud parents Felix and Lorna provided more than the Moira connection. David was the first test-tube baby for the Toronto General Hospital and the third in Canada.
It is believed that John Baptist DSouza was one of the first two Goans to emigrant to Karachi in the mid-1800s.
Errol Nazareth, a journalist, writes a regular music column for the Toronto Sun in the Entertainment Section.
Violet Lobo-De Souza was Principal of the first government assisted Goan School in Entebbe, Uganda in 1930.
Anthony De Mello current of London, UK, used to be a sax player with Nobby And His Band - probably the most famous Goan band in the 1950s in East Africa.
Mervyn Maciel of London U.K. is the author of the book Bwana Karanyi, the memoires of his life in Kenya.
Delphine Francis (nee De Souza) a member of the formidable Kololians hockey team in 1962-1965 and 1968-1971. She also represented Uganda national hockey team against Kenya.
Earl Fernandes, a young entrepreneur from the Toronto area, has started producing and distributing his music in North Amerciaca, India, South Africa, Britain, and Australia through his company, Desi Records Inc.
A new conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society was formed in Moira in 1995. The newest vaddo of Moira is Novo Portugal, which was settled in the later 1800s. It is believed that the name was proffered by the first resident, Mr. Joaquim Jose Nazareth.
The late Mr. Ladis Da Silva who hailed from Chandor, had a special affection for the Moidekars in Toronto and we wish to remember him in this small way in our brocure. His donated several paintings of the Moira Church as prizes for our socials and his painting graced the cover of our Mass Booklet in 1993. Ladis was a person who was determined to make sure that his knowledge on subjects he was passionate about did not go to waste. He published several books including The Americanization of Goans, Legendary Chandor, An Island Kingdom, and Through A Doorway In Zanzibar. Indeed it was his contacts with the literary community than was instrumental in introducing the GOA to the cultural scene through it first Harbourfront Festival in 1977. He is especially known for his distinctive paintings. Ladis passed away in 1994.