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German Canadian Congress - Ontario
11. 2004 at the Hansa Club in Brampton
speech by Ernst Friedel, President of the German Canadian Congress
Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends. Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren.
Today we are celebrating Germanica, an event that takes place
every two years. It's an event, which is the highpoint in our
German-Canadian Community. An event when we all come together to
celebrate our common heritage.
you have noticed by the introductions, many Presidents from the various
German Clubs are amongst us, Presidents from the Umbrella Organisations,
Publishers of newspapers and hosts of radio shows, friends from the
German World Alliance and Professor Dr. Hartmut Fröschle from Germany,
who is representing the VDA, an organisation that has served people of
German Heritage all over the world for more than 120 years.
have representatives from the Canadian, German and Austrian Governments
and the Mayor from the city of Mississauga her worship Hazel McCollion.
I thank you all for coming.
we honour eight people from our own community.
People, who have made extra-ordinary contributions to the
preservation of our heritage and traditions, people who contributed a
lot to the building of our new homeland Canada.
I believe that it is very important that we recognize publicly,
the contributions made by these people.
Over the years they gave many hours of their time for our community, for you and me. And they did it without being compensated for it. They deserve to be honoured!
we are together because we are bound by a common heritage, a heritage we
inherited from our parents and grandparents. This heritage is not
limited to the geographical borders of Germany, but it includes people
from many other countries, including Austria and Switzerland.
2004 was made possible, because over the past number of weeks so many
people worked hard to prepare for the event. At this point, I want to
say a sincere thank you to all the members of the Germanica 2004
planning committee who made the preparations for this day. Their names
can be found in our Festbook. A
special thank you also to Reif Wines and McClelland Insurance Brokers,
they donated the fine wine we will enjoy this evening. We also thank the
Hansa Club for their co-operation and for allowing us to use their
Mission of the German-Canadian Congress has always been to bring our
people together to be a link between the different German Clubs and
individuals. To represent
our community towards the government and the media, and when necessary
to speak out on behalf of our community.
At the same time we encourage our people to be good productive
citizens of Canada.
my wish, that this will be an enjoyable evening and on behalf of the
German-Canadian Congress I extent a warm welcome to all of you.
Herzlich willkommen und ich wünsche Ihnen allen einen schönen Abend.