Saturday, September 14, 2019

Pakseana successfully held a very entertaining and well attended Family Dinner and Musical Evening for its members and associates.  The event was held at the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre, Applewood Hall in Mississauga and was attended by roughly about 160-170 people including Pakseana members, Associates, their families and other special guests.  Liberal MP Iqra Khalid was the chief guest.  Other guests included renowned poet Nazimuddin Maqbool, politician Imran Mian, MPP Kaleed Rasheed as well as some other prominent community leaders like Mr. Nadeem of RBC insurance and Kacy Chohan, a well-known TV host. 

 The program started with recitation from the Holy Quran and some brief announcements thanking our sponsors and guest for making the event possible.   Chairman Pakseana Board of Directors, Nasiruddin Shaikh then made a short speech explaining the objects of Pakseana and its success over the years in bringing together the families of the former employees of Pakistan Steel in particular and the Pakistani community in general.  He also regretfully acknowledged that the Association had not been very active over the last couple of years due to the lack of cooperation and commitment between the members of the Executive Committee.  In order to make the Association functional and active again, the Board of Directors, in good faith, had to make some necessary and unavoidable structural changes so that the Association could function smoothly and move forward, towards making it more beneficial for its members and associates.  He promised on behalf of the board of directors that in future the events being held by the association would become better each time.  He also announced that the association has decided to add another benefit for its members and associates in the form of access to membership in the Funeral Support Services.  This service will be very useful in the event of death of a member, or spouse and will not be a burden on the surviving spouse or next of kin of the member.  Mr. Muhammad Naimuddin of Funeral Support Services also briefly explained the working of the service and invited the guest to become members of the group.

Later, the honorable guests addressed the gathering and expressed appreciation for the efforts of Pakseana in providing the very important and sacred service of Matrimonial help and coordination. Mr. Imran Mian, politician and chief guest Iqra Khalid, MP Liberal party also briefly addressed the gathering and appreciated the services provided by PAKSENA.  Iqra Khalid also sang a few lines of a national song for the participants, which was hugely appreciated and applauded.

Faisal Raza and Sumana Ganguly entertaining the gathering

The participants then enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Shaheen Catering, who are also one of the sponsors of the event.  After dinner, the Musical evening began and Faisal Raza accompanied by Sumana Ganguly sang some popular songs to entertain the crowd.  The musical evening went on till midnight and was hugely applauded and appreciated by the gathering, a majority of which stayed till the very end of the program.  A total of 10 gifts were also given away to various participants as a result of lucky draws, with a ladies designer dress being the main one, offered by one of the sponsors, Faiza’s Collection 

Pakseana Board of Directors would like to thank all its members and associates for taking time out of their busy lives to attend the event and make it a huge success.  We are honored by your confidence and trust in our association and hope to have your continued support and cooperation, helping us to arrange and hold bigger, better events in the future.