Celebrating 21 Years of Mangalorean Community Excellence: The Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC)
In 2002, sixteen pioneering families united with a shared vision, laying the foundation for a sanctuary dedicated to the Mangalorean immigrant community in Canada. This journey led to the establishment of the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC), an organization that, over two decades, has become synonymous with fostering community, culture, and compassion.
A Visionary Beginning:
MAC was born with a mission to provide an inclusive, supportive, and thriving network for newcomers, offering them a sense of homecoming and belonging. Over the years, under the enthusiastic and gifted leadership of its Presidents and Executive Committees, MAC has evolved into a unique and unrivaled pioneer organization.
Preserving Culture and Building Connections:
Committed to building and promoting Konkani culture, traditions, and language, MAC plays an integral role in establishing and strengthening communications within the Mangalorean community in Canada. However, MAC's commitment extends beyond cultural preservation.
The association actively creates platforms for leadership, networking, entrepreneurship, and representation within the adopted country. From the outset, MAC focused on family-led social engagement, encouraging people to come together for lighthearted entertainment, leadership opportunities, and the demonstration of talents and skills.
Milestones of Excellence:
In a significant milestone, MAC became the first association in Canada to celebrate Monthi Fest in 2003—a beloved feast for Mangaloreans, reminiscent of rich traditions, music, solemnity, and fun. The association continued its upward trajectory, introducing innovative programs to provide its supporters with a continued sense of belonging.
Monthi Fest & Christmas Bazaar (2023)
In 2010/2011, MAC introduced the annual Konkani Stations of the Cross and powerful yet poignant Spiritual Retreats during the Lenten season. The association consistently advocates and encourages youth participation in various activities, including youth choirs, altar serving, volunteer work, and emceeing at events.
Investing in the Future:
Recognizing the importance of nurturing the future, MAC established the Annual Scholarship Program in 2011 for first-year university entrants. In 2023, a new scholarship was introduced for returning 2nd-year university students, affirming the association's commitment to supporting the educational endeavors of the youth.
Philanthropy and Solidarity:
Demonstrating a kindred spirit, empathy, and solidarity, MAC is well-known for its philanthropy. Each year, charitable funds are allocated to organizations doing meaningful work. The association also boasts a robust membership plan and strategy, understanding that growth in new membership is synonymous with recognition, opportunity, and success.
Innovative Leadership and Sustainability:
Under the leadership of a pioneering Executive Committee, MAC revolutionized event management and social outreach. Leveraging technology, the team created apps, automated payment systems, e-tickets, and wristbands, eliminating the need for paper and encouraging sustainability.
21 Years of Impact:
Now, at 21 years, MAC stands as a leader within the community, having made an everlasting and indelible name for itself. Together, the Mangalorean Association of Canada continues to make a difference—fostering a close-knit family environment, promoting cultural exchange, sustaining friendships, incentivizing entrepreneurship, and providing opportunities for children to showcase their talents and leadership skills.
Below MAC President Vijay Dante with his New Executive Committee
As MAC looks ahead, it does so with pride, gratitude, and a commitment to continuing its legacy of fostering community, preserving culture, and extending a helping hand to those in need. The journey that began with sixteen families has transformed into a vibrant, thriving community that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the cultural tapestry of Canada.