Munni Subhani

 

Munni Subhani from Chittagong, Bangladesh, came to Canada in the ‘70s, and established herself as a Cultural ambassador. First women from Bangladesh to celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa at the Parliament (1981), and first woman from Bangladesh as a business entrepreneur, opening an iconic store in Toronto, called EKU fashions in the early ‘80s

 

Since the eighties participated in Multicultural Festivals:

1.     Caravan, 1990 Toronto.

2.     Kingston Folklore, 1990

3.     Carassauga, 1990 Mississauga

4.     Dragon Boat, 1989 to 1995 ( Waterfront )

5.     WOMAD 1989/90, ( Waterfront )

6.     Rhythms of India, 1994 ( Waterfront )

7.     Shonar Bangla. 2014 ( Waterfront )

8.     As a song writer, performed at “The United Nations World Harmony Interfaith Festival 2018” in Toronto.

 

Challenged Seniors Performances:

1      Canada Day - Aga Khan Museum – 2017/18. Performing this year as well!

2      Canada Day – Bangladesh Canada Assoc. 2018. Dentonia Park.

3      Sylhet World Convention in Toronto” 2018

4      “Panorama India” Indian Independence Day, Aug – 2018 Nathan Phillips Square

5      “Moksha” Family Day - Markham, Diversity Festivals. 2018/2019.-Toronto & Markham.

6      Better Living Community Centre. 2016

7      “Multicultural Event” 2017 - 5 Deuville, Toronto

8      Netralya Lions Club” 2018

9      “ International Lions Convention” 2017/2018/2019.

10   Upcoming Event performance for “Better Living Fund Raising Gala - Oct. 2019”

 

 

Raised Funds through Arts and Cultural for:

1.     “Metropolitan Toronto Police April 12th 1984 for the Grace Hospital, Toronto.

2.     Bosnian-Canadian Relief Association on Mother’s Day. Toronto. May ‘94

3.     CNIB, Sick Kids Hospital,Toronto 2016 TNLC -Toronto Netralya Lions Club

4.     “Eye Centre for the Indigenous People” Toronto  2018. TNLC Lions Club

5.     “The Better Living Health Centre” Toronto, 2015/16/17. Serving 8000 seniors.

6.     Zoroastrian Community Toronto.

7.     Aga Khan Hospital. Pakistan

8.     Gyaan Bhakti Temple New York - 1989

 

Board member and Advisor in Art and Culture of the following:

1.     “The Mennonite New Life Centre” since 2000, I am grateful to the centre to have dedicated the community room under my mother’s name– BEGUM AFZALUN NESSA COMMUNITY ROOM! – For the last 19 years we have been supporting newcomers with an annual lunch.

2.     “TNLC – Toronto Netralya Lions Club”

3.     Board Member of “OBCS – Ontario Bengali Cultural Society”

4.     Board Member of “Better Living Community & Health Centre”

5.     Durga Bari Temple” Hindu Temple

6.     Prottoy” Bangladesh organization of Toronto.

7.     “AWIC” Asian Women in Canada.

 

§  Workshops given to various centres in Toronto:

§  Better Living Health Centre // Afghan women organization// Habitat for Women // Toronto Netralya Lions Club // Toronto Dominion Bank // Zoomers  Show 2010 /Toronto School Board ESL // Teachers Convention // United Nations Children Organization.// AWIC.// Arya Samaj Mandir Markham//

 

Received an Special Award - “Night of Solidarity with survivors of Torture”

 

As an English teacher with the CCVT- Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, her biggest challenge was to transform a victim of torture Ethiopian student to believe in HOPE, where he won the “Spell B” competition held by Toronto Star Newspaper. 2007