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OC [Canada] Dinner 4th October 2014 / Bombay Palace Brampton

On July 19, 2014, Malcolm Niblett (C45), John Mclaughlin (I47), Deepinder Bains (C70), Gerald Godinho (L83), Tanvir and Sameer Sodhi (L04,06) set out for Boldt Castle on Heart Island in the United States.

John drove for 8 hrs to get to Whitby, and insisting on driving another 3 hrs the next day to Ganonoque where we took the boat. My wife is always blown away by an 82 year old, a 47 year old and two guys in their 20’s talking about our times at school. Malcolm joined us in Kingston. I asked him which house did he graduate from. His answer was ‘was there another house other than Curzon?’

The Thousand Islands is just beautiful and we were all impressed with all the homes and boats and crossing the international line on the lake. We all had a great time and people already started asking when is the next big trip. Please see the OCA Canada facebook page for pics.

Next year in July we will be going to Stratford for the festival and theatre.


I look forward to seeing you on Saturday October 4th at 6.30pm at Bombay Palace Brampton.


OCA Canada Updates / OC Boat Cruise

Updates and OC Boat Cruise of the Thousand Island on Saturday July 19th 2014 3 pm.

On behalf of all OC’s in the Greater Toronto Area, we want to welcome you to join us on a boat cruise leaving from Gananoque on the Canadian side, visiting Boldt Castle on the US side and the Thousand Islands.

It is a wonderful drive from Toronto along Lake Ontario.
I am enclosing the website http://ganboatline.com/ComingFromToronto.asp.
The website for Boldt Castle is http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/

The total time is for the cruise is 5 hours. You can go online and book your tickets.

We have been meeting for the last 12 years and we are growing.

I have always believed in a collaborative leadership with everyone having a voice.

Gurpreet Singh Bhogal is responsible for the OCA Facebook and will adding pics. He can be reached at aoltoronto@gmail.com

Inder Dhillon is responsible for communications via Doodle and engaging with all graduates from 2000 onwards. He can be reached at inderpartap.dhillon@gmail.com

We will continue to have 3 events on a formal basis. A dinner in the spring, an outing in the summer and a dinner again in the fall.

I will be giving dates in advance that way we can all plan going forward.

Some of the events going forward will be attending Stratford for the Shakespeare Festival, attending a vineyard for wine tasting,  and the Shaw Festival on Niagara on the Lake.

There is a good chance that I will be visiting India next year and plan to meet Ashwini, Ajay, Arun and get some best practices from you guys.

Take care and look forward to seeing you on the 19th.

PS. Please bring your passport with you and inquire if you need a US visa.



OCs Canada reunion picture

28th September 2013 at the “Tandoori Flame” in Brampton
oca-canada-2013-torontoClick for a larger view

Standing: Sameer Sodhi, Jagmeet Singh Sidhu, Inder Dhillon, Jai Ghuman, Prashant Sehgal, Deep Bains, Tom Mehra, Shanker Basu, Gurpreet Singh Bhogal

Sitting: Tanvir Sodhi, Gerald Godinho, Jiwan Goyal, Saranjit Singh, John McLaughlin, SP Akers

The Toronto OCA is growing leaps and bounds in the last 15 years. It is interesting to see OC’s graduate from universities, get married, becoming fathers, husbands and grandfathers.

The wives are always surprised to see a 80 year old OC bonding with a 20 year old. We all went through the same life style. John drove 7 hrs just to have meal with us. It is always interesting to hear his story of BCS during partition. The young lads are all doing well, with MBA’s working in consulting, accounting and the wealth management landscape.

Gerald Godinho
Lefroy 81 83


OCA Canada reunion : Saturday September 28 2013

OCA CANADA reunion  : 6.30pm Saturday September 28 2013 at Tandoori Flame Brampton

You are invited to the above reunion at
Date September 28, 2013
Place Tandoori Flame Brampton
Cost $23 which includes the HST and tip
Dress OC tie and jacket or jacket and tie

I look forward to seeing you all.
The following are coming so far :

  • John Mclaughlin I48 John as usual will be driving about 6 hours from Michigan to have a meal with us
  • Prashant Sehgal/wife/baby
  • Deepinder Bains/wife
  • Gurpreet Singh Bhogal
  • Tanvir Sodhi
  • Sameer Sodhi
  • Jaikanran Ghuman
  • Rajeshwar Mangat
  • Prem Verma
  • Gerald Godinho/spouse/daughter

I look forward to seeing you and Prem and Gurpreet please cfm if your spouses will be attending.

I will call the restaurant on Sept 21st to cfm how many of us will be attending.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer.

Jerry Godinho L 83
PS Yesterday I called Stanley Kumar at YPS Patiala and Mr Jerry Yuhanna at Alexander School in Amritsar. In two minutes they recognized my voice and knew my first and last name. It has been 30 years since I left school. They have seen 30 batches graduate from two different schools, yet the memory of a boarding school teacher amazes me.

150th Anniversary of BCS – OCA Canada get-together

I am enclosing an invite from Sanjay Chadha:

Hi Everyone,
It is my pleasure to invite you all at my place on the 150th anniversary celebration. The summer is behaving as it should and I am very hopeful that we would be able to enjoy the sun and some barbeque.

I am attaching the tentative menu for the evening. I have enclosed the names of the people who have already confirmed the item they would bring with them. Any takers for the highlighted items? Please let me and Jerry know your choice (those who have not selected anything yet) by this Saturday May 23rd.

In case the weather is good I would appreciate if you can carry some camping chairs with you.

As this is an informal gathering please do not hesitate to bring your kids and we will try to keep them busy.
Date: Saturday May 30th 2009.  [Call 647 831 8322 if you need to get in contact].

The following OC’s have confirmed
Sanjay Chadha (R86 88) Spouse/Daughter   ?  Host
Jerry Godinho(L81 83) Spouse/Daughter   ?  Butter Chicken   Veg Biryani     Grille Veg salad       Red Wine  Water
Shiv Narang(I91-03)   ? Pop Samosas
Pankaj Garg (L91-03)  ? Paper Plates Cutlery
Prashant Sehgal(L80 87) Spouse  ? Main Course/Dessert
Saranjit Singh(I57 67) Spouse  ? Shahi Paneer Rice
Deep Bains(C62 70) Spouse  ? Calcutta Chinese Veg/Non Veg
Jiwan Goyal(I57 66)  ? Vegetable Skewers
John Mclaughlin (I41 – 48)
Prem Verma and Gurpreet Singh Bhogal still to confirm
Jal Boga and Raj Karan have sent their best wishes and cannot make it. BYOB (Bring your own Booze)
There are more than 15OC’s in the GTA who I have not heard from. Either I have the wrong email or you have replied and I have not received it.
Please also check the OCA website for everything going on in England and India.
I want to thank Gay Niblett of OCA London England and Ash Virk of OCA Delhi for inviting all of us to the event.
Lastly John Mclaughlin who is in his mid 70’s is driving 6 hours from Michigan just to be with us. Now that is Cottonian spirit.  In true Indo Canadian hospitality our homes are open, our food will be warm and tasty and we will relive and talk about our time at BCS.
For those needing a ride, Prashant will be driving from downtown. I will be from the East, Bogie and Jiwan from the West and Deep from the North. Just get in touch with any one of us and we will gladly offer you a ride.
In true Cottonian spirit “Overcome Evil with Good”
Gerald Godinho, PFP, STI, CIM, FCSI
Associate Portfolio Manager
Private Client Services
Research Capital Corporation
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