Nepal Cultural Society of British Columbia

NCSBC 18th Annual General Meeting

Please note the following information about the 18th AGM of NCSBC.

Date: Saturday, April 08, 2017
Time: 12:30-5:00 pm
Venue: City Center Library, Room #120, 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8

Schedule:
a) Tentative Agenda and Schedule of the 18th AGM
b) Minutes of 17th AGM
c) Report of NCSBC Restructuring Sub-Committee
d) Report of NCSBC Membership Sub-Committee

We request and encourage all the community members to renew their membership at the AGM. If you would like to renew your membership prior to the AGM, please let any of the members of current BOD know and we will be happy to renew your membership beginning in April 2017.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Announcing BC Nepali Sports Day 2016

Dear Community Friends, Brothers and Sisters,

It gives us immense pleasure and excitement to announce that we, Nepal Cultural Society of BC [NCSBC] and Himalayan Soccer Club [HIMSOC] have planned to organize a fun filled ~BC Nepali Sports Day~ on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Surrey, BC.

The main objective of the event is to bring out the spirit of participation, sports, fun, friendship and togetherness. Our motto: Live together, play together, healthy forever!

We come from a land of active living, our forefathers and some of us have stories…how we walked hours to fetch a pail of water or crossed couple of hills and dales by walk to reach schools and market place everyday and how we played hours under the sun! Sadly today, the art of active living and soulful playing has evolved to closed door entertainment and screens of all sizes have taken away our precious time to meet, mingle with a real person.

This event (:NepS Day:) is a humble team initiative and effort to bring back those glorious days of `playing outside’ and your participation will make a collective community effort to have a reason to come out and play.

This call and invitation is for all our community youths and adults, who are looking for an opportunity to play their favorite sport and relive their childhood days, school days, college days, university days…It is nice to flex and stretch our muscles, accelerate our heart beats and mingle with our comrades to giggle, laugh and play. Once we youths and adults come out, our tiny tots will follow us! (: Isn`t it so? They say so!:)

We aim to have fun and our goal is to encourage maximum participation. We plan to have following tournaments and competition:

· Badminton (Mens & Womens- Youths and Adults)

· Volleyball (Mens & Women are welcome to participate and may have to join for a mix team)

· Youth basketball (Youth boys)

· Soccer (Mens)

· 3K Run (Mens & Womens)

· Dandibiyo (Nepal’s National Sport, exhibition game for fun)

· Table Tennis ( We plan to organize a separate tournament in fall/winter)

A detailed information where to send your names for participation, games, venue and practice sessions is coming soon!

Hold tight:)

Cheers,

Organizing Team,

NCSBC^HIMSOC

~BC NEPALI SPORTS DAY~
August 20, 2016
Live together. Play together. Healthy forever.

Call for Applications for NHCF – NCSBC Joint Scholarship Award 2016

Nepal Heritage Charity Foundation of BC (NHCF) and Nepal Cultural Society of BC (NCSBC) are pleased to announce applications for the NHCF-NCSBC Joint Scholarship Award – 2016. This scholarship will be awarded to talented and deserving students to pursue their post-secondary education in the fall of 2016.

1. Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be from a Nepali immigrant family residing in BC. A Nepali immigrant means anyone who identifies him/herself with Nepali origin through language and ethnicity, irrespective of the last country of residence prior to becoming a resident of Canada.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of 85% in high school level BC provincial exams or similar other equivalent exams.
  • The applicant must have graduated from high school in the same year as the year of the award.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a post-secondary program at a recognized institution by the fall of 2016.

2. Awards:

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $300
  • Third Prize: $200

For all 3 scholarships to be awarded, there must be a minimum of five eligible applicants. If there are between three and five applicants, only one, and if there are fewer than three eligible applicants, no award will be granted.

3. Application Submission Deadline

August 20, 2016

4. Announcement of the Winners

By September 30, 2016

5. Required Documents

  • NHCF-NCSBC Joint Scholarship Awards – 2016 application form (at the end of this post)
  • Grade 12 transcript
  • English 12 Provincial Exam Report
  • Documents of Voluntary and other Extracurricular Works/Activities
  • An Essay not exceeding 1200 words. Choose one of the following prompts for your essay:

a) “Growing up as a Canadian youth with Nepali parents.”

b) Your family/friends might have been affected by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Share your views on “the effect of this earthquake on you or your loved ones.”

c) Identify an issue of concern facing youths in our community today. Explain “what role can youths play in addressing this issue.

d) The social and cultural surroundings where you grow up profoundly shape your identity. “How much does your Nepali ethnic and cultural heritage define who you are?

Please send your application with required documents (by August 20, 2016) to the following email: nhcf_ncsbc_scholarship@yahoo.com

Sincerely,

NHCF-NCSBC Joint Scholarship Award Subcommittee – 2016

Download the application form for NHCF and NCSBC Joint Scholarship Application by clicking here.

Nepali School this Summer in Vancouver

As announced by NCSBC earlier myself and Rosan KC ji are coordinating
the summer Nepali School this year. The school will start Saturday 16
July 2016. We will skip July 23 due to the Fusion Festival and
continue every Saturday thereafter.

In order to run the school in a meaningful way we need to arrange
logistics properly. Until we know how many students are coming it is
not easy for us.We request you to register your kid by filling out and
emailing back the attached registration form no later than Saturday 9
July 2016.

We would like to state humbly  that there will be absolutely no drop
by for students. Registration is mandatory for participation.
Starting this year we have a curriculum to follow. On Saturday 16 July
2016 we will be determining the levels of students and will place them
in different groups. We have a panel of five well qualified teachers
this summer.

Please email the completed registration form to: dahalmk@gmail.com
Details about the venue and time are as follows:

July 16, 30, August 7, 13, 20 and 27, 2016 @ Guildford Library Meeting Room from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

Khem Dahal
Coordinator
Summer Nepali School program 2016
Nepal Cultural Society of BC

Note:
We offer lessons to non-Nepalese students too, please enroll if you’re interested.

Raising Nepali Community Profile in BC

NCSBC is organizing consultative meetings at various locations in the Lower Mainland. The objectives of these “Townhall” meetings are to discuss how NCSBC can expand and improve its reach to our growing community and what opportunities are there to develop NCSBC into a vibrant, dynamic and inclusive organization that can best serve the interests of the Nepali community in BC.

We kindly request you to participate in this consultative process and provide your valuable thoughts and inputs in an effort to build a better and stronger community. If you know someone, new arrival or long time resident, who might not be receiving the NCSBC group-mail could you kindly forward this e-mail.

The meetings will take place on the following dates and times. Venue address will be notified in the days/weeks to come:

Thu, 4 Aug 2016
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Area: Coastal (targeting Vancouver, Richmond, and North Shore)
Location: TBC

Thu, 11 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Area: Central (targeting Burnaby and New Westminster)
Location: TBC

Thu, 18 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Area: Mountain (targeting Tri-Cities, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge)
Location: TBC

Thu, 25 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Area: Fraser South (targeting Surrey, Delta, and Langley)
Location: TBC

Wed, 31 Aug 2016
Time: TBC
Area: Fraser Valley (targeting Abbotsford and Chilliwack)
Location: TBC

The background to this process is that the last AGM of NCBSC recognized the following:

· NCSBC is seen to be gaining a significant recognition among Provincial and Municipal governments as evident from various occasions in recent years.

· There are a number of Nepali communities in various parts of BC other than in lower mainland, that either lack a critical mass to institute a formal organization or lack resources to fully realize their potential.

· With increased number of people of Nepali origin in lower mainland, demand is expected to rise for increased number of community events. In such a scenario, a single outlet to organize these events will not be enough to promote a greater participation.

The AGM mandated the BOD to form a committee to look into possible institutional enhancements or restructuring of NCSBC in order to achieve maximum participation of the community and also to become a strong voice on behalf of the community when dealing with the government(s) or external agencies. The Committee has commenced work and one of its early tasks is to solicit your valued opinion; as such, these proposed Townhall meetings.

We appeal you to come to any one (or more) of the meetings and help usher the 17-year old NCSBC into its own “adulthood” so that it is best placed to serve the needs of the next generation of Nepalis in BC as well as those of the new comers to the Province.

Sincerely,

Suresh Bhatta (Sbhatta2007@gmail.com)
For and on behalf of the Committee

Get together and Earthquake Update – June 25

We have organized a small get together/interaction program with new Nepali immigrants to BC. Please note the details of the program below:

We would like to hear your ideas and suggestions about the reconstruction programs after the earthquake in Nepal. We look forward to seeing you all at the program.

Sincerely,
BoD, NCSBC

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: City Center Public Library,
Room #120
10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8

A Nepali Language Partner instructor Position at UBC

There is an opening for a Nepali Language Partner instructor position at UBC. For details about the position and application process, please visit the following webpage: http://himalaya.arts.ubc.ca/language-partners/

UBC Himalaya Program is now accepting applications for this short-term Adjunct Professor position beginning April 15, 2016. Applications must be submitted by February 26, 2016 as per the instructions on the webpage. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in March.

We encourage all qualified community members to apply. Please direct any questions to himalaya.arts@ubc.ca

A Presentation by Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) of Canadian Armed Forces

The DART provided humanitarian relief support to Nepal for about a month following the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May last year. Lt. Colonel Ed Izzat, the commanding officer of the Team that visited Nepal, will speak with us about his Team’s visit and experience. It is a unique opportunity for us to hear directly from Lt. Colonel Izzat and appreciate valuable support the DART provided to Nepal at a critical time in the country.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Venue: Sport and Leisure Complex Arena, MP #2, Unit #10, 16555 Fraser Hwy, Surrey, BC

 

PROGRAMME:

·         6:00-6:05 – Welcome and Introduction – President Anil Pradhan

·         6:05- 7:00 – DART Presentation by Lt. Colonel Ed Izzat

·         7:00-7:20 – Q&As by All

·         7:20-7:25 – Plaque Presentation – President Anil Pradhan/ VP Kalyan Thapa

·          7:25-7:30 – Vote of Thanks by General Secretary Ramjee Parajulee

MC – Meenu Dahal

Update on Earthquake relief

Another powerful earthquake hit Nepal on May 12, 2015. This time the epicenter was Dolakha of Eastern Nepal. It not only killed several hundred people and injured thousands but also shattered the confidence and hope of people who were slowly recovering from the aftermath of the disaster left behind by the April 25 earthquake. At this time of difficult hour, we have dedicated ourselves to do whatever we can to support Nepal in this difficult time.

Here is a summary of what we have done so far since our previous briefing on May 10, 2015.

  • NCSBC has raised about $35,000 so far. Out of which it handed over $32,230.40 to the Canadian Red Cross Society (CRS) by May 20th. Donations collected until May 22nd will be handed over to CRS by May 25th. The amount deposited to CRS until this date will qualify for matching contribution from the Government of Canada. With this, NCSBC will close the first phase of fundraising for immediate relief efforts. However, a list of all the donated amounts is being prepared and we will share it with you once it is ready.
  • NCSBC has continued to raise funds with the help of its volunteers in different places including malls, work place, educational institutions and at different events.
  • Café Kathmandu organized a fund raiser dinner about two weeks ago. It donated a portion of the funds raised (i.e. $6,120) to CRS, and requested NCSBC to hand over the cheque to them.
  • NCSBC participated in the Quake Cottage event in Minoru Park, Richmond on May 8, 2015 which coincided with emergency preparedness week of BC. This event was the result of an initiative taken by the NCSBC members of Richmond area. NCSBC also raised funds during the event.
  • NCSBC is organizing a town-hall meeting on May 23rd in Surrey (Fleetwood Library, 15996-84 Ave) to present the work we have done so far, get feedback from the community members on some issues, and discuss a future road map that enables us to be a part of rehabilitation phase in Nepal.
  • NCSBC will continue to raise funds for long-term rebuilding/reconstruction phase. The channeling of raised fund will be in accordance with NCSBC policy guidelines, which is being prepared. The proposed policy guidelines will be presented, discussed and endorsed during the town-hall meeting on May 23, 2015.
  • A fund raiser is being planned for May 23-24th at Granville Island, Vancouver.
  • Fund raising dinners are being organized by the Chinese community at River rock Casino in Richmond on May 23rd and the Indian Community in Surrey on May 22nd to support the Nepal earthquake relief.
  • We have continued to spread message about the Nepal earthquake and raising awareness through media and participating in other non-Nepali community meetings.
  • We participated in a press conference in Richmond organized by Honorary President of Canadian Red Cross and Chinese media on May 13, 2015. We also participated in a fund raising dinner organized by the Jewish community in Vancouver on May 14th.
  • NCSBC participated in CBC and Global News interviews on May 12 and talked about the situation in Nepal in the aftermath of May 12 earthquake.

Once again, without your volunteerism and support, what we have done so far wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you all for your support. We also seek your support in the future.

We were responding to a critical emergency situation. In spite of our best efforts, we may not have been able to accomplish everything we wanted to achieve. If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact any of the BoD members. We also urge you to attend the May 23rd town-hall meeting and provide us your input and suggestions.

-The NCSBC Board

Ten ways quake affected Nepali farm-families could be helped

The Canadian team at the University of Guelph, Ontario, have developed a plan to help farmers living in the earthquake affected districts of Nepal. The report attached is a brief, essentially 1-page backgrounder followed by 10 detailed tables that explains who farmers can be helped.

The team is distributing it widely to encourage agencies and governments to focus on Nepal’s farmers, and they are requesting the international community to provide a small budget dedicated to farmers who are often overlooked in these circumstances – channeled through various community based organizations, NGOs and agencies.

Please share with your individual networks, especially with colleagues who have decision making powers or influence. Farmers need our support prior to the arrival of the monsoon rains in mid-June.

Courtesy of:
Tejendra Chapagain, PhD

Research Associate and SAKNepal Project Coordinator
Department of Plant Agriculture
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
tejendra@uoguelph.ca

Nepal Shall Rise Again

A quake that struck
In a land that’s far
Where the earth that shook
As in times of war

Oh, the Nature’s power
Reduced to rubbles
The Dharahara Tower
And magnificent temples

Many a small houses
And buildings tall
Crumbled and collapsed
Crushing helpless souls

All that I could do
Was watch, horrified
With a heart that broke
And a mind, terrified

The chest that heaved
The throat that choked
Knees that wobbled
And tears that flowed

Distressed for the safety
Of the loved ones there
After many a frantic calls
Did I learn, safe they were all

But a week has passed, and
The heart is in desolation
As the more that I learn
Of the terrible devastation

Such is the pain
In the fragile heart
And unsettling agony
In mind’s every part

From the nation in pain
I feel bad that I am far
But my motherland is always
Right in my heart

Though shaken is my soul
And my broken heart cries
I know that it’ll heal again
As surely shall Nepal rise

 

– Ajay Pradhan, ajayspradhan@gmail.com

Reposted from aspradhan.blogspot.ca with poet’s permission

Feds to match personal donations to earthquake fund

Canada is sending more relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nepal, promising to match donations to a fund specifically set up to help — and defending itself from claims that affected Canadians aren’t getting the assistance they need.

For detail visit  CTVNEWS.CA

Appeal for Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Cultural Society of BC (NCSBC), the community organization of people of Nepalese origin from across BC, calls upon all individuals and organizations to come together to support those affected by the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal. A massive earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal on Saturday, the April 24th, knocking down many historical monuments and temples and taking away the lives of more than 7200 people. The damages in Kathmandu valley and Gorkha district (the epicenter of the quake) in particular have been enormous. The death toll is expected to rise, and many more are expected to be injured or rendered homeless. The earthquake was the worst to hit Nepal after 1934. The quake also caused a massive avalanche near Mount Everest, affecting many mountain climbers, including Canadians; at least 10 are feared dead.

At this tragic moment, Nepal is in a dire need of your support. We, the Nepali community from BC, are doing all we can to raise funds and help those in immediate need of food, shelter and medicines. Please support Nepal at this critical juncture by donating to either (a) Canadian Red Cross at the following site: www.redcross.ca or (b) by mailing a cheque payable to NCSBC at 8962 152 St P.O. Box 73094 Surrey, BC V3R 0J2.

Should you have any more questions, please feel free to call:

Mr. Anil Pradhan
President, Nepal Culture Society of BC
Phone: (778) 866-5771
Email: bodncsbc@gmail.com

Please click here for printable PDF  Donor Appeal.