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Diasporian News of Saturday, 31 August 2019

Source: Joseph Kingsley Eyiah

GCAO to acquire city property for use by Ghanaians in Toronto as heritage center

Members of the association at the venue Members of the association at the venue

The efforts of Ghanaians living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to own a property to use as their community/heritage centre (Ghanaian Canadian Heritage Center) came to a fruitful point in their search as the City of Toronto invited the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) to an open house (visitation) at 160 Rivalda in Etobicoke on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10am.

The open house invitation which was a follow-up of intensified negotiations between the Acquisition Committee of the GCAO and officials at the City of Toronto was well attended by a cross-section of leaders in the Toronto Ghanaian community. They included Pastors, Ethnic Association representatives, Professionals and some Youth.

The officials of the City after showing the members present around the property briefed them on the requirements of the City with regards to the acquisition and management of the property. It became clear that the purpose(s) for acquiring and running the property will have to meet the zoning requirements of that locality.

Many of the members present expressed their satisfaction with the property and urged the Executives of GCAO to intensify their efforts to acquire and restofix or repair the property for use by the community as soon as practicable.

The President of GCAO, Mr. Emmanuel Duodu promised to expedite action to get our business plan for the property to the City of Toronto sooner than later!

It will be recalled that the GCAO has already launched a public fundraiser for the Ghanaian Canadian Heritage Center (GCHC). All hands must be on deck. The time is now!!!

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