Indo-Canadians bid farewell to the Indian Consul General Preeti Saran at an event organized by apex ethno-cultural organization Panorama India. She has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is expected to take up her assignment shortly.
The contributions of individuals and community groups is commendable in improving bilateral relations between Canada and India, Her Excellency Preeti Saran said at a farewell reception given in her honour by Panorama India in Mississauga on Saturday, July 27.
Mrs. Saran lauded the work Panorama India has been doing as umbrella organization in bringing together different community, cultural, professional and business organizations together and said that the signature event India Day festival & Parade and other events are a true reflection of the Panorama India’s contribution to Canada-India relation.
Jibanjit Tripathy, Chair, Panorama India, along with board members – presented Preeti Saran with a memento that acknowledged her extraordinary contribution to the Indo-Canadian community and fostering Canada-India bilateral relations.
Several dignitaries attended the luncheon; among them were Senators Asha Seth and former Minister and MPP Harinder Takhar, Representatives of Indian diaspora and business organizations such as the Past Chairs/Co-Chairs of Panorama India, Canada-India Foundation, IIT-Alumni Canada, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, ICAI Toronto chapter, AWIC etc. were also present at event.
In his remarks Jibanjit Tripathy said, “We deeply appreciate the important contribution made by your Excellency in strengthening relations between Canada and India, especially instrumental in Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Toronto, IIFA Award in Toronto & Year of India in Canada 2011. We value very much your encouragement and support to Panorama India as a friend, guide and honorary patron.”
He also said, “Panorama India’s India Day Festival & Parade at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday August 10th, 2013. This is the 14th year of our existence and our 9th parade. We are excited to celebrate India’s 67th Independence Day in Toronto. The mega event attracts over 30,000 people at Yonge-Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto. A grand parade is marched through the downtown core with floats on trucks showcasing the rich culture of India. In addition to the parade, there is an entire day of singing, dancing, food and entertainment takes place on the grand stage at Yonge-Dundas Square. All communities and groups invited to come and enjoy this fun filled day with family and friends”