OUN at 4th National Conference of Nepalese in Canada

The Open University of Nepal Initiative will be featured in the 4th National Conference of Nepalese in Canada, to be held in Ottawa, Canada July 30 through Aug 1. Update on Open University of Nepal Initiative will be strongly respresented at the conference with a panel moderated by Dr. Kalidas Subedi of CFFN, as well as presentations by Dr. Pramod Dhakal, who had set up the OUN office in Kathmandu earlier this year, and Dr. Pamela Walsh, the Vice President of Athabasca University.

Please see the announcement below.

We are pleased to announce that the 4th National Conference of Nepalese in Canada is going to be held in the national capital city of Ottawa on July 30-August 1, 2011. This conference brings together representatives of the Nepalese people living throughout Canada, prominent Canadian personalities, and leading personalities of Nepalese Diaspora from around the world. Organized with a goal of understanding the aspirations of grassroots Non Resident Nepalese (NRNs), and building bridges among the Nepali Diaspora, the Government of Nepal as well as the Government of Canada, this conference will provide a significant networking forum to explore collaborative actions and common reflections.

The conference is hosted by community-based Nepalese Associations in the capital region of Canada. Previous conferences were held in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal, respectively. The Organizing Committee received best wishes for a successful conference from Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada and Hon. Jason Kenney, minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism. Hon. Jim Karygiannis (MP Scarborough-Agincourt) representing Hon Bob Rae, interim Liberal leader); Nepalese Ambassador to Canada Dr. Bhoj Raj Ghimire, Deputy Mayor of city of Ottawa, Honorary Consul General of Nepal in Toronto Dr. Kunjar Sharma; NRNA-ICC Regional Coordinator Dr. Ambika Adhikari (from USA) have confirmed their attendance. Representatives of Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario and Hon Jason Kenney will also be in attendance. The Vice President and senior faculty of Athabasca University and several key persons involved in the Open University of Nepal initiative will either join the conference in person or participate via skype.

The event will be live telecasted by Torontonepal.com (www.torontonepal.com), NRN-Canada’s media partner for the conference. Journalists from OMNI Television will cover the event.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Contact Person: Mr. Bishnu Karki, Coordinator for Sports Committee Tel: 819 777 0180

10:00am to 3:00pm
Indoor Volleyball tournament
Venue: Jockvale Community Centre, 101 Malvern Drive, Nepean (Malvern Park)
Phone: 613-825-1224

  • Team registration required
  • Attractive Prizes

Early dinner (at Centrepointe soccer field if the weather is fine, otherwise indoor at Jockvale Community centre in case of rain)

Evening (5pm to 9pm):
NRN-CANADA CUP Soccer Tournament
Opening Ceremony in gracious attendance of Hon. Jim Karygiannis
Venue: Centrepointe soccer fields (at Centrepoint Park; entrance located across
101 Centrepointe Drive; opposite of Ben Franklin Place)

  • Team registration required
  • Attractive Prizes

Sunday, July 31, 2011

8:30 am to 11pm
Lunch, snacks and dinner will be served
Main Conference and side events, AGM, election of officer-bearers of NRN-Canada

  • Breakfast
  • 8:30am to 9:00am

Opening Ceremony: 9:00 am: Moderator Dr. Govinda Dahal

  • National Anthem: Nepal
  • National Anthem: Canada
  • Welcome by hosts
  • Program summary by NRN-Canada President Naba Raj Gurung
  • Keynote Speech: Dr. Bhoj Raj Ghimire

Session 1: Update on Open University of Nepal Initiative: Moderator Dr. Kalidas Subedi

Session 2: Update on Model Village Development and Youth Initiative: Moderator Ms. Sirjana Pant
Session 3: Women’s Forum: Moderator: Ms. Radha Basnet

Session 4: Professional Mentoring of Nepalese in Canada: Moderator Dr. Drona Rasali
Session 5: Community update and partner presentations

  • NCAO Food Drive Report 10 Minutes: Dr. Pawan Agrawal
    • Presentation by Mr. Hari Ram Joshi, renowned art and culture expert on Nepal
    • Remark and Poem by Mrs. Sita Adhikari
    • VSO in Nepal – Working with International Volunteers for Peace and Development (By Dr. Eva Zaleski, Strategic Planning Advisor, VSO Nepal) 15 minutes

Session 6: Annual General Meeting and Open Space

Session 7 (In Camera Session): Election of the Office-bearers of NRN-Canada 2011-2013 term


  • Cultural show hosted by Rodhi Blues
  • Top Nepalese artists from various cities in Canada will showcase their talents
  • Venue: Britannia Park, 102-Greenview Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2B-8J8

Monday, August 1, 2011


  • First Meeting of the newly elected National Coordination Council (Time and Venue TBA)
  • City of Ottawa tour for interested guests

10:30am to 6:30pm

[SourceNRN-Canada site]

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