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   Old Cambrian Society (Canada) - Reunion Luncheon at The HOST – Fine Indian Restaurant, Mississauga, Ontario

  
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Old Cambrian Society (Canada)
Reunion Luncheon

Held on Saturday 25th November 2006
at The HOST – Fine Indian Restaurant, Mississauga, Ontario.


In October while meeting over lunch in downtown Toronto, Dave Allen asked Zahir Dharsee to contact the Old Cambrians who had met for a reunion earlier in May to see if they would be interested in meeting again for a mini reunion before year end. The initial response was very positive and preparations for the mini reunion were made by Zahir Dharsee and Dave Allen with assistance from their spouses Nadia and June respectively. The location selected was the HOST – Fine Indian Restaurant in Mississauga. OC webmaster, Steve LeFeuvre, was advised and kindly posted the event on the OCS webpage. The mini reunion was held on Saturday November 25, 2006. The turnout was excellent and the event attracted over 40 people - Old Cambrian Bwanas, their bibis – spouses and watotos – children and their wagenis - guests. Some of the OC’s were new to the group having become aware of the event through the webpage posting or contact with other OC’s in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). For a change the weather on the this day was very nice – almost like the nice cool mornings in Prince of Wales School/Nairobi School – given it was late November here in Canada!! We were able to take a group picture outside the restaurant !! - (see below).




The following were present at the event:
  • Old Cambrians new to the group
    Harsh Gandhi (Grigg 1969-74) and Bogusia Ghandi and son Neil
    Everret Igobwa (Tana/Serengeti(Nicholson) 1983-1986) and Sarah Macharia
    Quassim Janmohamed (Grigg 1967-70) and Nazira Janmohamed
    Karim Madhany (Grigg 1970-74)
    Erik Larsen (Scott 1956-62) and Sue Larsen, (ex St Michael and Georges, Iringa, Tanzania)
    Mahesh Tailor (Rhodes 1977-81) and Gemini Tailor and family
    Mwiswa Wakoli (Hawke 1976) and son Samuel

  • Old Cambrians who joined in May 2006
    Dr. Peter Agwa (Grigg 1969-74) and Lydia Agwa and son, Jonah and daughter, Jonea
    Nitin Kantaria (Hawke 1969-72) and Rana Kantaria
    Ben Benawra (Rhodes 1977-82) and Anita Benawra and children – Mamta and Priyanka
    Al Noormohamed (Clive 1962-65) and Narmin Noormohamed
    Graham Randall (Clive 1951-56) and Pamela Randall
    Duke Saisi (Scott 1973-76)

  • Old Cambrians who started the group during the Roger Whittaker March 2004 concert in Mississauga, Ontario
    Hal Oliver (Grigg 1944)
    Dave Burn (Scott 1955-59) and Frances Burn
    Dave Allen (Hawke 1960-5) and June Allen (ex-Kenya High)
    Zahir Shamshudin Dharsee (Hawke 1969-74) and Nadia Dharsee

  • Wagenis/Guests of Old Cambrians
    Ann Hennum (ex-Kenya High)
    Tony Rothschild (ex-DoY) and Eileen
    Joyce Misoi, Secretary, Canada Kenya Chamber of Commerce

  • Regrets/Apologies
    Rev. Dorian Baxter (aka Rev Elvis Priestly); Ron Bullock and Chloe Bullock; Ivo Nightingale and Lynda Nightingale; Stephen Langmead; Nora Oliver, Shamira Madhany, Shally Lochab and Harpal Lochab; Tony Osman and Judy Osman (ex-Loreto Convent, Nairobi); Maxx Bhatt and Rupal Bhatt; Peter Levette and Dorothy Levette; Willie Curry and Didi Curry; Dr Gilbert Omido (of Wichita, Kansas, USA)

    With the absence of the regular Master of Ceremonies, Dorian Baxter (aka Rev Elvis Priestly), Dave Allen agreed to be the MC. Prior to commencing the luncheon, Dave introduced all the new and regular members and their rafikis attending and thanked all for supporting the event. He passed on salaams – greetings and good wishes to all from the Webmaster, Steve Le Feuvre.

    All in the group enjoyed the delicious selection of various Indian food dishes on the buffet – smorgasbord offered by the restaurant and also the Tusker beers!! and the masala chai.

    In summary, all attending had a good get together reminiscing about their high school days and enjoyed the delicious food and the event.

    A SPECIAL THANK YOU - 'ASANTE SANA' TO HAL OLIVER of GUELPH, ONTARIO FOR BRINGING HIS CAMERA AND TAKING THE PICTURES THAT ARE PART OF THIS REPORT.

    ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING ....... Thank you, merci beaucoup and asante sana.

    FOR 2007 WE ARE PLANNING A MINI LUNCHEON REUNION FOR THE SPRING – April or May 2007 and A FORMAL REUNION LUNCHEON – “OLD CAMBRIANS IN NORTH AMERICA” - IN SEPTEMBER 2007. PLEASE JOIN US FOR BOTH AND WATCH THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

    Zahir Shamshudin Dharsee – December 3, 2006

    PS – if you enjoyed reading this report, credit should go to my 1969 Form One English teacher – Mr Chris Harrison, an Old Cambrian himself, now happily retired in tropical Myanmar (the old Burma of the movie “the Bridge on the River Kwai” fame) – his English writing skills have sure come in handy over the years - ahh some people have all the luck while we enjoy the (cold) weather here in Canada!!