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Bangladesh Heritage

President's Message 2018

It is a great pleasure to begin my 3rd term as president of BHESA in January 2018. The last three years serving our organization have been challenging, welcoming new executive members in their positions and running a successful Bangladesh Pavilion at the Heritage Festival 2017 in Edmonton.

Our executives are an esteemed group of accomplished people that represent and service our diverse community in different areas.

I am honoured to be granted the opportunity to serve as president also for the year 2018. As someone with experience working locally in both, community and voluntary sectors, I am keenly aware of the role our newly established Special Project Committee has as a community builder across these sectors. The Special Project Committee will represent the voice of our organization throughout the community and with the government and stakeholders.

With the definition of a great strategic plan for the years 2018 to 2023, we will be focussing in leading BHESA to grow our community by facilitating and driving new opportunities for its members, partnerships in business and media, and sponsorships. Our attention will also include our continued mandate to become self-sustainable and more visible in the coming years.

In 2018 we aim to set our strategic direction for the future by defining a set of new managerial objectives. With the long-term plan to build a Heritage Center for our community, we will explore how to intensify resources and how we can pioneer new topics with our programming. Other objectives are to make BHESA more attractive to its members by increasing the value of its membership, and the diversity of its member demographics.

To achieve building a solid base for our greater plans BHESA has to use all available strength and support, as these are our true opportunity for a successful future.

Thanks go out to our executive committee, our advisors, and our members for the continued support of our organization.

Mashod Bhuiyan

President, Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta