Shining the Lights on Assyrian Aid Society of Canada

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By Helen Talia, Chicago

Many came to the outdoor picnic on July 6th, 2008 in Oakville’s Italian Gardens. Some even came from Michigan, California and Chicago, myself and my family included. But what about this event attracted as many as 1,300 attendees? I asked around and it turned out that the reason for such pilgrimage was strong conviction in camaraderie and humanitarian efforts on which the Assyrian Aid Society of Canada has been founded since 1992.
The Assyrian Aid Society of Canada is a non-profit organization registered with the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services. The mission of the organization is to help Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) in the Middle East, particularly Iraq, who suffered the aftermath of the Gulf War and imposing of the sanctions.
Since its inception, it has collaborated with its sister organization, The Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq, making contributions to many programs such as funding for education, health, construction of houses, irrigation and electrification. Albeit independent, the Assyrian Aid Society of Canada works in close alliance with the Assyrian Aid Society of America, Australia, Germany, and United Kingdom.

With new blood streaming in its members, wisdom is found, spiffed by strong character and integrity as I had the privilege and honor of meeting the society’s President Mr. Iasic Shleimon who had a lot to say about this organization’s foregoing accomplishments. A veteran member of the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union, Shleimon joined AAS of Canada out of sheer love for philanthropic work, and quickly rose to fill the president’s seat within a five-member committee.

With emphasis on education in motherland Iraq, some of the society’s greatest accomplishments in the realm of education have been contributing to the Syriac school initiative programs and helping provide transportation for teachers and students.

Currently, proceeds including donations of the AAS Canada are being generated through functions such as outdoor picnics, Christmas and Easter (Holiday activities), and Halloween bash party.

The Assyrian Aid Society of Canada often joins forces with the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union, Assyrian Democratic Movement, Assyrian Society of Canada, and the Assyrian Women’s Union to commemorate Kha B’Neesan (Akitu) Assyrian New Year festivities, August 7th (Assyrian Martyr’s Day).

It is with honor that we behold the Assyrian Aid Society of Canada, its President Mr. Iasic Shleimon, members, and the public who continues to believe in the miracle of the Assyrian tree of life, (also the organization’s logo). Public service does matter, and it is our duty to continue supporting such somber endeavors to help our beloved Iraq.

For upcoming events and to learn how you can help, visit www.assyrianaid.ca

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