HOW WE WORK

The ICCA is driven by community and volunteers and it has been contributing to Victoria for more than 5 decades. In that time it has raised more than $500,000 for various charities and humanitarian efforts ranging from international earthquake relief programs to local programs like the children’s hospital and the Tour de Rock cops for cancer..

INDIA MELA

Its primary icon event is the annual VICTORIA INDIA MELA. This INDIA MELA (festival) is part of ICCA’s contribution to its local community. A MELA means a gathering or a fair that incorporates arts, culture, music, food, sports and other celebratory elements. It is a way of life in India and its an opportunity to share the richness of the Indian culture, create community partnerships and demonstrate a healthy way of life.

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The association operates through a board of executives as set out in its constitution. The board consists of President, Secretary, Treasurer and six directors and Past President as ex-officio member. The AGM was held on Sunday, April 29, 2018. and with pleasure we announce the board members  for 2018 – 20:

ABOUT ICCA

India Canada Cultural Association is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria is a picturesque, vibrant community at the foot of Vancouver Island. Some of the first Indians who immigrated to Canada in late nineteenth and early twentieth century landed on this beautiful island and prospered.

As the Indian community increased in numbers and started feeling at home, they organized themselves in social and cultural network. Thus, this great the association came into existence in the late 1960s. We have come a long way and the association is about 50 years young.

          According to the records, the first public meeting, including a variety entertainment program to celebrate India Republic Day, was held at the Union Centre on January 25, 1969. Subsequently, at a meeting on Saturday, August 16, 1969, it was proposed that we officially become registered. On November 27, 1969 application for registration was filed with the Registrar of Companies, and on January 12, 1970, the association was incorporated under the Society’s Act. Our former name was “Victoria Cultural Association of India and Canada”. In those days, we had good representation from Canadians, some of them with British Raj background and the new Indo-Canadians.

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India Mela 2018

India Mela is a festival and one of the ICCA’s primary contribution to its local community. A MELA means a gathering or a fair that incorporates arts, culture, music, food, sports and other celebratory elements. It is a way of life in India and its an...

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          I am honoured to be part of this association. I have a team of a good mix of new and old board members. We are going through re-vitalization and modernization process and while doing so – Dare we forget what our pioneers have achieved! This is a prestigious organization and we will put in every effort to take it to the next level. My vision is to promote our culture through the youth involvement. I will challenge every South Asian parent to encourage their children to come join hands with us. Volunteering is satisfying, provides a sense of purpose, increases self-confidence, combats depression, counteracts the effects of stress & anxiety and much more. Together we can make a difference!

– Hardeep Grewal

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