• 15 Aug 2016 3:26 PM | Joseph D'silva (Administrator)

    It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Orpheus D'Souza, husband of Bina and father of Swithin, Gavin, Anslem, and Caireen, in Surrey B.C. on August 11, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Our condolences to the family.

    Funeral Details
    Saturday August 20, 2016
    St. Matthew's Church
    16079 - 88th Ave, Surrey BC
    Viewing: 1.00pm
    Funeral Mass: 2.00pm

    A reception will be held after mass. Any contributions of food would be appreciated.

    In lieu of flowers please donate to BC Cancer Foundation

  • 09 Aug 2016 4:23 PM | Joseph D'silva (Administrator)

    The Event of the year, you definitely don't want to miss 
    October 29, 2016, starting at 6:00 p.m.

    40th Anniversary Celebrations Dance - A Black Tie event
    At the fabulous Aria Hall!  with live band GOA AMIGOS from Toronto

    Book Tickets: Book early to avoid disappointment and to save!

     Before August 31, 2016

    Adult - $35
    Student rate upto Age 24 & Seniors 65+ - $30

    Kids 12 years and below $20/Kids below 6 FREE

    After August 31, 2016

    Adult - $45

    Student rate upto Age 24 & Seniors 65+ - $35 

    Kids 12 years and below - $25

  • 09 Aug 2016 4:21 PM | Joseph D'silva (Administrator)

    Date: Sunday August 21st, 2016
    Time: 11am
    Location: Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Avenue, New Westminister.

    Make this your family and friends summer get together and come out and meet other Goan families and share memories.

    Vendors: Various Foods can be purchased for $6.00 per plate

    Games: Individual & Teams
    -Dog and the bone
    -Sack Race
    -Egg & Spoon
    Contact: any executive member

  • 23 Nov 2015 1:07 PM | Chelsy Lobo (Administrator)

    It is with regret that we announce that Mrs. Maria Lourdes Lobo, wife of the late Mr. Sylvester Lobo and mother of Edna Iorio, passed away in Vancouver on November 18, 2015

    Our condolences to the family. 

    May her soul rest in peace


    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at All Saints Parish, 821 Fairfax Street, Coquitlam, B.C.

    Entombment to follow at Ocean View Burial Park, South Mausoleum in Burnaby.

  • 15 Nov 2015 12:08 PM | Chelsy Lobo (Administrator)

    Funeral details of Godfrey Pinto. Everything will be on Saturday November 21 at IC Delta. May he Rest In Peace. 

    1. There will be a viewing starting at 10am in the lobby of the church.

    2. Funeral Mass to be celebrated by Fr Matthew To at 10.30am. 

    The Eulogy will be prior to the first reading

    3. Reception will follow Mass immediately in the IC Parish Hall

    4. The burial will be presided by Fr Abundo or Fr Ajin at 2pm at Gardens of Getsamini: 

    15800 32 Ave

    Surrey BC V3S 9V1


    Expected travel time from IC to Gardens of Getsamini is 30 min.

    5. In lieu of flowers, please kindly consider a donation to Luke 15 House (a recovery house ministering to men suffering from addictions). Luke 15 House is a Registered Charity under Chapter 433 of the Society Act of BC


    Tel: 604-930-4884


    Thank You. 

  • 05 Jun 2015 8:53 PM | Chelsy Lobo (Administrator)

    It is with regret that we announce the passing of Charmaine D'Souza, beloved daughter of Damian and Lynn D'Souza, sister of Shane and Leon, and mother of Chantelle, niece of Brian and Freda D'souza on May 29th, 2015 in Vancouver. 

    Notice of wake and funeral service for Charmaine D'souza daughter of Damian and Lynn D'souza,

    Wake Service: Thursday June 11, 2015 at 6 pm at Saint Monica's Church: 12011 Woodhead Road, Richmond BC V6V 1G2 

    Funeral will be held on Friday June 12 at 10:30 am at Saint Monica's Church. 

    Our condolences to the family.

    May her soul rest in peace.

  • 08 Mar 2015 11:51 AM | Chelsy Lobo (Administrator)

    The Carnival Fiesta 2015 was held by the 

    Nazareth family on February 14, 2015 and was a huge success. It occurs bi-annually and recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the Royal Palace Banquet Hall. Harry Bains, MLA of Surrey-Newton, said “This past Saturday I attended a Mardi Gras celebration by the Goan community. What a vibrant community. I mean, you would think that when you talk about the South Asian community or the Indian community in B.C., largely speaking, you talk about Sikhs. You talk about Pakistanis. You talk about a number of those who are clearly in big numbers. But there are many other communities within that community, and the community from Goais another one. It was such a tremendous opportunity to be with them and celebrate in their celebration. I want to say thank you to Edwina Nazareth, Shauna Lobo, Heather Martin and Avril Martin for putting such a remarkable show of talent and bringing their community festivities, all the traditions, the dances, the songs that they have there, the singing. I say thank you very much. I really, really loved it. My colleague from Surrey-Whalley was also with me, and he tells me that he enjoyed it just as much.”

  • 28 Feb 2015 3:31 PM | Chelsy Lobo (Administrator)

    For the second year running, Y-GOA Vancouver is hosting a Run for Kibera which raises money for a kindergarten in the largest slum in Africa on May 10th at Bear Creek Park, Surrey. Sign up here or donate here:


  • 28 Feb 2015 3:05 PM | Chelsy Lobo (Administrator)
    Our GOA members, Douglas and Alison Nazareth had every reason to be proud of their daughter, Ashleigh, who achieved professional status as a Bharata Natyam performer at her Arangetram on October 5th. It was a fabulous day for the youngster who has been training for this celebratory performance since she was 4 years old.

    Arangetram" literally means "ascending the stage", and at this debut performance, Ashleigh enthralled her audience as she performed intricate Bharata Natyam dance routines involving complex steps and body poses, sylized hand gestures, and eloquent facial expressions, accompanied by rhythmic Carnatic music and vocals. Particularly riveting was her interpretation of the six days of Diwali with its joyous festivities, its lighting of diyas, and the dances honouring the goddess Lakshmi, Lord Krishna, and other mythological gods and goddesses. The first half of the performance stretched for the better part of an hour, demanding an amazing degree of stamina and concentration, and Ashleigh rose to the occasion splendidly. 

    It was an evening of triumph and one that will long be remembered by all who enjoyed Ashleigh's remarkable interpretation of classical Bharata Natyam and its spiritual and mythical traditional stories.


  • 24 Sep 2014 12:13 PM | Mike SEQUEIRA (Administrator)

    In December 2013 Brendon Pereira, grandson of long-standing members, Polly and Ethel Pereira was asked to join the 2013 Junior World Cup Team and go to Delhi, India?  His team didn’t win, but proudly Brendon continues to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. The GOA donated $500.00 toward  his trip.  Way to go Brendon!!

    March 2014, a new President of UBC, Dr. Arvind Gupta was appointed.  Did you know that he is late members Phillip and Marlene Pereira's son-in-law?  (Married to their daughter, Dr. Michelle Pereira.)  We’d like to congratulate Dr. Gupta on his appointment and wish him much success!!!

    There are many seniors in different areas of the GVRD that need rides to all our planned events.  If you are able to help, please contact any executive (see previous page for contact information).  It would be nice if you could also inform them of the location you wish to pick up FROM (Burnaby, New West, Delta) and accordingly you will be contacted prior to an upcoming event.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR KINDNESS!

    If you hear of something that you believe would be of interest to the community to know, please feel free to let anyone on the executive committee know.  

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