Chennai: Canada’s 150th anniversary year is also to celebrate partnerships with countries across the globe, Consul General for Canada in South India Jennifer Daubeny said on Wednesday evening.
“Canada’s 150th anniversary is not just about celebrating Canada- the Canada we love, you love, its also about celebrating friendships and partnerships across the globe. I am really proud to be Canada’s consul general of South
India,” Ms Jennifer, who is in office for about a year, said.
Speaking at Canada’s anniversary celebrations she said that she really enjoyed the opportunity being given to her “to help nurture and develop important partnerships in this very interesting and significant part of the world— in India.”
“In our consulate general we have a sizeable and great immigration team which works hard to ensure the Indian citizens needing a visa to travel to Canada are able to do so, besides a dynamic trade team with offices in Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. These teams are effective in facilitating opportunities and partnerships with Indian companies,” she said.
Ms Jennifer thanked Canada’s friends and partners who shared interests and Canada’s vision to build a better, cleaner and more peaceful and prosperous world for future generations.
Earlier, admitting that Canada had not done much on the cultural side in Tamil Nadu, she said cultural activities could not be carried out anywhere in India as no funds were earmarked specifically for the purpose. Nor does Canada have a dedicated public affairs office for South India.
“We hope to reach out more. We will screen a documentary in south India: Driving with Selvi, South India’s first female taxi driver in Chennai,” she informed.
Canada is home to about 1.3 million people of Indian descent and a premier destination for Indian students and visitors.The highlight of the celebration was that national anthems of both Canada and India were rendered