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Greater Vancouver Bangladesh Cultural Association (GVBCA) is a non-profi t cultural organization in Vancouver, BC. It was established in 2002 wit h the merging of two organizations (Canada Bangladesh Cultural Associati on of BC established in 1988-89 and Bangladesh Cultural Association of B C established in 1992-93). The main purpose of this organization is to p romote our national heritage, culture and linguistic history of Banglade sh in the multicultural society of Canada.

At the onset of these two organizations, there were few families compris ing of about 100 members. They organized various activities, such as an nual picnic, musical concerts and festivals to celebrate national days o f Bangladesh. However, the strength of the united organization increased in manifold after the reunion of the two associations, and now the comm unity is enjoying diverse activities throughout the year under the dynam ic leadership of GVBCA. Currently six to seven thousands Bangladeshi peo ple are living in Greater Vancouver. GVBCA celebrates national days (Ind ependence Day on March 26, Victory Day on December 16, Amar Ekushey on 2 1st February), International Mother Language Day (21st Feb), Baishakhi mela, annual picnic, special seminar, and other social activities.

GVBCA sponsors a Bengali radio show, Radio Bangladesh (CJSF 90.1 FM and 93.9 Cable FM) on every Sunday @ 3:00-4:00 pm broadcas ting from Burnaby, BC. The radio show delivers important community and national news, songs, interviews and birthday wishes in order to promote our culture and national heritage in Canada.

GVBCA is also promoting and patronizing local artists. Performances by children are mostly encouraged by engaging them in various cultural prog rams. The underlying reason is to bring out the talent and creativity w ithin the second generation of Bangladesh community.

GVBCA has initiated a project on building a community center which is du bbed as the Bangladesh Community Center.

The current EC of GVBCA is working hard in harmony with all other organi zations and general members of the community. The vision of this associa tion has broadened to uphold the respect and tolerance to each other, co operation with other organizations and giving value to our fellow member s to establish a peaceful community.

We feel proud to be a part of the Bangladeshi community in Greater Vancouver.