Association

ASSOCIATION

Tamils live all around the world. India and Sri Lanka have been traditional homeland of Tamils. Canada has the largest population outside of these two countries. Most of the Tamils have settled in and around the City of Toronto, Ontario. However, there is also a large population of Tamils in Vancouver, British Colombia and Montreal, Quebec.The Region of Waterloo and City of Guelph have a steady growth since early eighties. Most of them are professionals, Industrial workers and University students. There is about 600 families of Tamils in this region. They are mostly from Sri Lanka and South India.

In 1989, Our tri-City area ( Kitchener – Waterloo – Cambridge ) Tamil community leaders decided to form an organisation called ” Tamil Heritage School ” to promote language and Culture in this region.  Later in 2001, Tamil Heritage school was re-named as Tamil Cultural Association of Waterloo Region and the first South Asian Performing arts festival, Tamil Cultural Nite was inagurated at the Humanities Theater, University of Waterloo.

Also, In the year 2001, the neighbouring Tamils from the City of Guelph joined hands with the association. The association was later incorporated as a Non-Profit Organisation under the Ontario Corporation # 1509837.

Over the years, the association has donated goods and services to Nunavil Children’s Centre, Jaffna., Ind. Rs 25,000 to fire victim in Trichy, South India., Cash donation to Ramakrishna Mission children’s Library – Batticaloa, Sri Lanka., St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Kitchener, ON., Rotary Club of Cambridge, ON.

2004 was a significant year for the associaton. TCAWR raised a total of $123,000 on behalf of Canadian Red Cross during Tsunami disaster. Relief materials and Cash donations were given to the victims in Sri Lanka and India. In 2015, Funds were distributed to the victims of Chennai flood.

Tamil community from Brantford joined the association in 2011. In the same year, the association re-established the Tamil language school. Waterloo Regional District School Board helped establish the centre in Cambridge.

The association took the leadership to particpate at the KW Multicultural festival. It is the region’s largest multicultural festival and an Indian & Sri Lankan food stall was established in 2012.

TCAWR is a Non-Profit, Non-Denominational, Non-Political community organisation promoting Arts, Culture, Language and Community services in the region. The membership include Tamils from Canada, Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia.

Executive Committee 2015 – 2017

President :

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Mrs.Dharini Sivakumar
Vice President :
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Mr. Ragu Sivaramakrishnan
Secretary :

Mrs. Ramya Mariya Joseph

Joint Secretary :

Mrs. Gaja Lakshumi Subram

Treasurer :

Mr. Dennis Loyola

Joint Treasurer :

Mr. Ken Sri Shanker

Committee members :

Mrs. Indra Logendran – Director of Cultural Affairs
Sivakumar Somasundram
Mr. Arunasalam Athithan
Mr. Thurai Gopalakrishnan (2016)
Mrs. Kunamalar Ekambramurthy
Mr. Mayilvahanan Subramaniam
Mrs. Rajivi Nadarajah

Auditor :

Mr. Shuresh Abraham

 

Executive Committee 2013 – 2015

President : Mrs.Rajivi Nadarajah
Vice President : Mr. Bala Thambypillai
Secretary : Mr. Somasundram Sivakumar
Joint Secretary : Mrs. Ramya Joseph
Treasurer : Mr. Ram Ramdoss
Joint Treasurer : Mr. Suresh Abraham
Committee members : Mrs. Indra Logendran – Director of Cultural Affairs
Prof. Pala Kannapan
Mrs. Vinoba Chenthil
Mrs. Sooganthy Nadarajah
Mr. Arunasalam Athithan
Mr. Subbu Subramaniyam (2013)
Mr. Kannan Premanand (2013)
Mr. Ragu Sivaramakrishnan
Mrs. Gaja Lakshumy Subram
Auditor : Mr. Dennis Loyola

 

Executive Committee 2011 – 2013

President : Mrs. Indra Logendran
Vice President : Mrs. Rajivi Nadarajah
Secretary : Mrs. Dharini Sivakumar
Joint Secretary : Mrs. Rathy Abraham
Treasurer : Mr. Nagul Sundram
Joint Treasurer : Mr. Ram Ramdoss
Committee members : Mrs. Suneetha Prakash – Director of Cultural Affairs
Mr. Somasundram Sivakumar – Director of Public Relations
Prof. Pala Kannapan
Mr. Suresh Abraham
Mr. Prakash Venkataraman
Mr. Dennis Loyola
Mr. Arunasalam Athithan
Mr. Subbu Subramaniyam
Mr. Ragu Sivaramakrishnan
Mr. Vikram Krishnan (2011)
Auditor : Mr. Bala Thambypillai

 

Executive Committee 2009 – 2011

President : Mr. Prakash Venkataraman
Vice President : Mr. Venkat Ramachandran
Secretary : Mr. Dennis Loyola
Joint Secretary : Mrs. Rajivi Nadarajah
Treasurer : Mr. Nagul Sundram
Joint Treasurer : Mr. Ram Ramdoss
Committee members : Mr. Sivakumar – Director of Public Relations
Mrs. Indra Logendran – Director of Cultural Affairs
Prof. Pala Kannapan
Mr. Suresh Abraham
Mr. Arunasalam Athithan
Mr. Subbu Subramaniyam
Mrs. Rathy Abraham
Auditor : Mr. Bala Thambypillai

 

Executive Committee 2007 – 2009

President : Mr. Somasundram Sivakumar
Vice President : Mrs. Indra Logendran (Director of Cultural Affairs)
Secretary : Mrs. Rajivi Nadarajah
Asst. Secretary : Mr. Prakash Venkataraman
Treasurer : Mr. Bala Thambypillai
Asst. Treasurer : Mr.Nagul Sundram
Committee members : Mr. Dennis Loyola – Director of Social Events
Prof. Pala Kannapan
Mr. Suresh Abraham
Mr. Thevaker Athithan
Mr. Venkat Ramachandran
Mr. Rajinikanth Ruthiran
Auditor : Mr. Ram Ramdoss

 

Executive Committee 2005 – 2007

President : Mr. Suresh Abraham
Vice President : Mrs. Indra Logendran
Secretary : Mrs. Dharini Sivakumar
Asst. Secretary : Mr. Suresh Sinnadurai
Treasurer : Mr. Bala Thambypillai
Asst. Treasurer : Mr. Gnanasegar Sivagnanam
Committee members : Prof. Pala Kannapan
Mr. A. Athithan
Mrs. Indra Logendran – Director of Cultural Affairs
Mr. Somasundram Sivakumar – Director of Social Affairs
Mr. Bala Thambypillai – Director of Public Affairs
Auditor : Mr. Ram Ramdoss

 

Executive Committee 2003 – 2005

President : Mr. T. Balakrishnan
Vice President : Mr. Masil C. Francis
Secretary : Mrs. Praba Ravichandran
Asst. Secretary : Mr. Somasundram Sivakumar
Treasurer : Mr. Abraham Suresh
Asst. Treasurer : Mr. S.Sivakumaran
Committee members : Prof. K. Ponnambalam
Prof. Pala Kannappan
Prof. S.T. Ariaratnam
Dr. Punidadas Piyasena
Mr. Arunasalam Athithan
Mrs. Indra Logendran
Mr. Sinnadurai Sureshwaran
Mr. Dennis Loyola
Mr. M. Sivendran
Mrs. Indra Logendran – Director of Cultural Affairs
Mr. Somasundram Sivakumar – Director of Social Affairs
Mr. Kuna Kunasekaran – Director of Public Affairs

 

Executive Committee 2001 – 2003

President : Mr. Kuna Sinniah Kunasekaran
Vice President : Dr. Puni Piyasena
Secretary : Mrs. Dharini Sivakumar
Asst. Secretary : Mr. S. Puvanenthira Rajah
Treasurer : Mr. T. Balakrishnan
Committee members : Prof. K. Ponnambalam
Prof. C.R. Selvakumar
Prof. S.T. Ariaratnam
Mr. M.C. Francis
Mr. Arunasalam Athithan
Mrs. S. Sitganeshan
Mrs. M. Karunananthan
Mrs. S. Gnanasunderam
Miss. Abi Balakrishnan

 

 MISSION

Recognizing that arts, culture and Language are essential to a vibrant civic life and sustained economic growth, the Tamil Cultural association advocates and promotes cultural activities, with the goals of:

  • nurturing a climate in the Region of Waterloo in which the arts and culture can thrive;
  • Enriching the aesthetic environment of the Region of Waterloo and the surrounding region by facilitating and sustaining a vibrant cultural life;
  • Promoting the direct economic benefits of the arts, through participation in the Multi-Cultural Organisations and Committee for the Arts and other activities;
  • Celebrating the value of diverse cultures and helping our community understand its place in the world by maintaining Sister City relationships and sponsoring international cultural activities
  • Promote and nurture Tamil language among the Tamil community and fellow Canadians;
  • Raising funds for community events.

TAMIL LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Waterloo region’s first Tamil language class was started in 1987 with the support of Prof. Pala Kannappan, Prof. Selvakumar and Mrs.Pushpa Seevaratnam. It was held at Victoria Public School, down town Kitchener.

The first Tamil Variety show & Social Hour was held on December 5th, 1987 at Keatsway Public School, Waterloo.

Tamil Class was re-activated in 2000 at St.John’s School, Guelph under the ILP program. Mrs. Padhmini Swaminathan was the first teacher. In the following year it was moved to St.Peter’s School, Guelph and sucessive teachers were Shayamala Navam, Dharini Sivakumar and Shanthi Rajan. Classes discontinued in 2005 due to lack of students.

In 2011, Waterloo District School board in conjuction with Tamil Cultural Association recommenced the Tamil class at Hespler Public School, Cambridge. Mrs.E. Kunamalar is the current teacher.

Tamil Summer Camp 2013 in Kitchener.


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TAMIL CULTURAL NITE

Tamil cultural Nite is a South Asian Performing arts festival held at Humanities Theater, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The festival explores traditional Sri Lankan and South Indian Tamil Dance, Music and Drama and places it within the context of contemporary trends and dance styles from other cultures. Each festival is unique and colorful and whether a scholar, dance enthusiast or someone who is interested in expanding their knowledge of Indian cultural traditions.

The association has produced the festival since 2001. Its an annual event showcasing emerging artists from the Region of Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto. The festival creates and supports production and performance opportunities for artists of all levels and collaborations with other organizations and artists. Artists from Toronto and South India make it as their scheduled event.

The festival is sponsored by City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener and City of Cambridge.

Cultural Nite Sponsorship


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DIVERSITY AWARDS GALA

The aim of Waterloo-Wellington community diversity awards gala is to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the vitality and well-being of the region by honouring them as Champions of Community and Diversity. It’s held as part of TCA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Associations, organizations as well as individuals throughout the Waterloo-Wellington area are welcome to nominate deserving individuals from any field or background. Nominations from the following categories are especially welcome: youth (25 and under); Business; arts & culture; volunteer; and Education. 

Saturday, April 26.2014 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kitchener, Ontario. 6:00 – 10:00pm

Nomination application and information package. Event supported by:

  • African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region
  • Central Ontario Chinese Cultural Centre
  • El Sombrero Azul – Danzas y Culturas
  • Grand River Malayalee Association
  • Gujarati Cultural Association of Golden Triangle
  • India Canada Association of Waterloo Region
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
  • MT Space, Multi-Cultural Cinema Club at The Working Centre
  • Neruda Arts and Waterloo Region Chinese Community Association
  • Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre


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