McGuinty hails efforts of Ethnic Press

Community Round Up Jul 16, 2010 at 11:08 am
ONTARIO PREMIER Dalton McGuinty receives a portrait of himself from Thomas Saras, president, in behalf of the Ethnic Press.

ONTARIO PREMIER Dalton McGuinty receives a portrait of himself from Thomas Saras, president, in behalf of the Ethnic Press.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty applauded the efforts of various ethnic newspapers in Canada for serving as the voice of the community and a vehicle of unity among its people. “The works of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) is an important part in helping us reach our dream. It helps us connect with each other and to our homeland,” McGuinty said during the dinner function hosted by NEPMC on July 2, 2010.

McGuinty was the guest of honor during NEPMCC’s dinner party in commemoration of Canada Day held at the Cypriot Community Centre in Toronto. “We are all different yet we are all the same,” McGuinty further said, quoting author Ann Frank. “We all share the same hopes and dreams,” he explained. “We want a strong economy, good school and a safe and healthy environment. The works of the ethnic press is important in fulfilling our dream.” He also advised everyone to read newspapers everyday.

ETHNIC PRESS Canada Day event with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. From left, Veronica Silva-Cusi (partly hidden), Norman Garcia, McGuinty, Mila and Hermie Garcia, Marlou Tiro, Josie Tomas, Jojo Taduran, Jonathan Canchela. See page 20.  PHOTO: JOHN SARAS

ETHNIC PRESS Canada Day event with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. From left, Veronica Silva-Cusi (partly hidden), Norman Garcia, McGuinty, Mila and Hermie Garcia, Marlou Tiro, Josie Tomas, Jojo Taduran, Jonathan Canchela. See page 20. PHOTO: JOHN SARAS

As a token of appreciation, NEPMCC gave McGuinty a portrait painting. The event also marked his birthday celebration in which everyone sang a birthday song, much to the delight of the Ontario premier.

Among the special guests were MP Jim Karygiannis, Minister of Transport Kathleen Wynne, Health Promotions Minister Margarett Best and representatives of various Consulates.

Cutting the birthday cake of McGuinty. From left: Thomas Saras, president, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada; Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti; MP Jim Karygiannis; Minister of Health Promotion Margarett Best;York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge. PHOTO: M GARCIA

Cutting the birthday cake of McGuinty. From left: Thomas Saras, president, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada; Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti; MP Jim Karygiannis; Minister of Health Promotion Margarett Best;York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge. PHOTO: M GARCIA

From left: Norman Garcia, Jojo Taduran, Veronica  Silva-Cusi, Mila Astorga-Garcia, Minister of Health Margarett Best, Seema Persaud and Hermie Garcia.

From left: Norman Garcia, Jojo Taduran, Veronica Silva-Cusi, Mila Astorga-Garcia, Minister of Health Margarett Best, Seema Persaud and Hermie Garcia.

Standing, from left, Norman Garcia, Jonathan Canchela, MP Jim Karygiannis, Jojo Taduran, Veronica Silva-Cusi. Seated: Mila and Hermie Garcia, Josie Tomas, Marlou Tiro.

Standing, from left, Norman Garcia, Jonathan Canchela, MP Jim Karygiannis, Jojo Taduran, Veronica Silva-Cusi. Seated: Mila and Hermie Garcia, Josie Tomas, Marlou Tiro.