• 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.  

  • 24 Sep 2014 12:05 PM | Mike SEQUEIRA (Administrator)

    Operation Records and History June 2014 

    Sam Correia has completed compiling a record with most of the important information pertaining to GOA operations, for the years 2000 – 2013.  These are now stored on a portable hard drive, which will go from executive to executive making it much easier for them to see how things have been done.  

    Missing from this account are both AGM minutes and year-end financials for 2000, AGM minutes for 2001, year-end financials for 2007 and both AGM minutes and financials for 2012. If anyone has these documents, please contact Sam at (604) 526‑6401. Also, if anybody has any year-end documents prior to 2000 and would like them stored on the hard drive, please contact Sam.

  • 23 Sep 2014 8:58 PM | Mike SEQUEIRA (Administrator)

    Your Executive is seeking nominations for the Community Service Award to be presented at this year’s Nite in Goa dinner and dance to be held on Saturday October 25, 2014.

    This Award is presented to a member who is recognized as an outstanding volunteer in the Association. 

     The two criteria that apply are:

    1.    The recipient will be an individual who contributed most significantly to the annual operation of the association through volunteering his or her time, personal resources, attendance and expertise at Association events.

    2.    The recipient must be a member in good standing, but must not be an Executive Member in the year the award is made.

    Nominations from the membership are invited. If you wish to nominate someone for this award please send a short email to with your suggestions. The individual will be selected by a 3-person committee, at least two of which must be current Executive members.

  • 23 Sep 2014 8:56 PM | Mike SEQUEIRA (Administrator)
    Dean has qualified to represent Canada at the World Scrabble Championship to be held in Mumbai, India this coming November.

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