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Galeria dos Pioneiros recebe comitiva açoriana

Na passada quinta-feira, dia 14 de Setembro, a Galeria dos Pioneiros Portugueses recebeu os membros das diversas Casas dos Açores espalhadas pelo mundo, que reuniram na cidade de Toronto no seu XX Conselho, sob a presidência da Casa dos Açores do Ontário. Da comitiva açoriana, encabeçada pelo Secretário Regional Adjunto da Presidência para as Relações Externas […]

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Rest in Peace Manuel Mira (1933–2017)

Manuel Mira was born in Moinhos de Carvide, Leiria, on September 16, 1933. After completing his studies in radio and electronics, he moved to Brazil in 1952. There he married Maria de Lurdes Mira by proxy, on January 10, 1954. Maria joined him in Brazil six months later. Later, the couple would have two children: […]

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The Average José: An Immigration Story

The Canadian artist Ken Flynn has created a 125 page graphic novel about his grandfather, José Pires, and his journey of immigrating to Canada from the Azores. The Average José: An Immigration Story, combines cartoon art, realistic sketches, and film photography to illustrate the hardships José experienced while starting a life in a new place […]

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FREE YorkU Youth Summer Program

We are thrilled to be participating in York University’s Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies Youth Summer Program, alongside other community partners. High school students are invited to apply to participate in this FREE week-long program, where they will have the chance to travel across Toronto to learn about and experience various aspects of Luso-Canadian culture, while being...

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Pioneer Portrait: Agostinho Malaquias

Agostinho Malaquias came to Canada aboard the Vulcania ship, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 7, 1955. He had $100 with him. Back in the town of Sobral da Lagoa, Portugal, he had left behind his parents, Maria Condessa and Antonio Malaquias, and his siblings, Antonio, Albeno, Jose, Germano, Gracenda and […]

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Pioneer Portrait: Antonio Dantas

My grandfather Antonio left Portugal to go to France to escape being enlisted in the army. To get there, he walked from our home in Rio Frio in the northern part of Portugal all the way to Paris, France. He survived by eating anything he came across, including leaves, trees and whatever animal he could […]

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Pioneer Portrait: Zália Ribau

Zália Anita Lopes Ribau was born in Portugal in the village of Glória (district of Aveiro) on November 25, 1956. She came to Canada with her parents and sister on May 17, 1964 and settled in Toronto. From a very young age, Zália was in love with the arts. She completed Fashion and Knitting diplomas from Sheridan College, and then went […]

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Pioneer Portrait: Melba Dias Costa, a primeira médica portuguesa no Canadá

Melba Costa foi a primeira médica portuguesa no Canadá assim como, anteriormente, em Angola. Nascida em Lourenço Marques, Moçambique (actual Maputo), a Dra. Costa formou-se pela Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa em 1940. Tornou-se assistente do Professor Gentil, fundador do Instituto Português de Oncologia, na altura, um dos mais avançados centros de pesquisa do mundo […]

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