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Awards Of Excellence

The 2008 Toronto International Goan Convention would like to honor distinguished Goans, both from Goa and around the world, who have made their mark. Our Awards Committee is soliciting nominations of deserving candidates in the following  categories:

  1. Education/Public Service - for outstanding teaching or administrative skills in Education, distinguished record in public education, achievements in academia, having held public office or performed social/ spiritual work with demonstrated impact on the community. Previous winners have edited online newsletters, taught in schools or have been leaders in their communities.
  2. Arts - for demonstrated excellence in the performing, visual, or liberal arts. Particular emphasis will be placed on public or peer recognition in music, dance, theater, graphic arts or because they are recognized teachers in these areas.
  3. Science/Research - for achievements in the fields of biological, physical, mathematical or medical sciences. Particular emphasis will be placed on public or peer recognition in notable research and research publications in these fields, contributions to the scientific community as teachers or invited lecturers at symposia, and generally have achieved renown in the scientific community.
  4. Technology - for contributions to engineering and technology in engineering, computer science or other technical fields. Awardees will have made significant contributions and have been recognized by their peers in the technical community.
  5. Entrepreneurship/ Professional Achievement - for having demonstrated leadership, business acumen and management skills in their chosen fields. Previous awardees have either started and developed a successful business or risen to responsible positions in their organization because of their professional and leadership skills.
  6. Outstanding Youth - for distinguished academic and extracurricular achievements, excellence in a field (academic, sports, research), public involvement, or social work. Previous winners have been recognized for their all-round achievements, dedication and attitude.
Nominations (including the award category and a description of the candidate's achievements) should be addressed to: 

2008 International Goan Convention Awards Committee at : (preferable) or mailed to

c/o Olinda Fernandes
335 Goldenwood Cr., 
(Leslie & Steeles)
North York ON. M2M, CA






Some of the celebrated Goans who will be addressing the 2008 Goan Convention:

GNAT President's Message:
We've got a world-class team! You'll get a world-class event. Welcome!

GNAT President: Francis Rodrigues

Convention Director's Message:
On behalf of the 2008 Convention Committee, welcome to the beautiful city of Toronto. Our GIANT theme: 'Goan Identity And Networking Today.'

Convention Director: Dr. Kevin Saldanha

Event Coordinator's Message:
We've assembled the finest group of international celebrities, to give you an unforgettable event. Welcome!

Event Coordinator: Lisette Saldanha

Ben Antao Marinella Proença Cecil Pinto Cornel Dacosta Victor Rangel-Ribeiro Ethel Da Costa Fred Noronha Walter Tavares Silviano Barbosa Tony Fernandes Wendell Rodricks Bosco D'Mello Helga R. Gomes George Pinto Roland Francis Ruth De Souza Mervyn Lobo Rene Barreto Filomena Giese Rajan Parrikar Alex Fernandes John J. D'Souza Zulema De Souza Herman Carneiro Tony D'Souza Troy De Souza Dean D'Cruz Victor Martins Jr. Menezes Joaquim Goes