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October 7, 2018 – Thanksgiving Day

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

The tradition of ‘giving thanks’ can be traced back to the earliest days of our history.  Canadian Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the First Nations who gave thanks for their bountiful crops with ceremonies and harvest festivals.  In 1578, after his third unsuccessful expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, explorer Martin Frobisher returned to what is now Newfoundland and Labrador.  Upon his arrival, he held a formal ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long, arduous journey.

October 1, 2018 – Cyprus Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Cypriot community on the occasion of Cyprus Independence Day.

On February 19, 1959, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Cyprus were signatories to The Zurich and London Agreement, which formed the basis of the Cypriot Constitution.  Following the signing of the accord, Cypriot President, Archbishop Makarios III said “Έλληνες Κύπριοι, νενικήκαμεν!” (“Greek Cypriots, we have won!”).