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The House of Azores of Ontario is a non-profit, independent organization that is not affiliated with any political party. Its patron, the Divine Holy Spirit, is celebrated and honored every year for a week. These celebratory events are organized by elected “mordomos.”(stewards) It was in 1985 that a group of 12 Azoreans established the House of Azores of Toronto at Dundas Street. Its first President was a “Graciosense”(a person from the island of Graciosa), Mr. Eovaldo Moniz.

However, the establishment of an association with an administration and executive bodies elected by members only happened in 1994. It was at that time that the House moved to a new head-office, also at Dundas Street, an area that was and continues to be inhabited by Azorean immigrants.

In October of the same year, the House organized its first event, a cultural weekend, which included speeches, Azorean craftwork expositions and musical evenings attended by the then President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Dr. MotaAmaral, and the Vice-President of the House of Azores of Lisbon, Luísa Costa. At that time, the cultural section of the House of Azores of Ontario was established and it has, since then, organized the Azorean Cultural Week every year.

In 1997, a student exchange program led to the establishment of the first “tuna” at the University of York, in the city of Toronto. The tuna was “baptized” by the then Rector of the University of the Azores, Vasco Garcia,

In 2005, the General Assembly approved the alteration of the name of the House of Azores of Toronto to the House of Azores of Ontario in order to facilitate the procurement of funds from the Provincial Government.

From that time onwards the dream of securing a head-office became a central concern. A committee for canvassing the necessary funds for the purchase of a building was thus established.

At the beginning of 2007, the purchase of the building took place and, in November, Carlos Botelho, the current President of the General Assembly, witnessed his dream come true as he inaugurated the new head-office. This undertaking was made possible by the voluntary help of various members and friends that contributed with work and resources, rapidly building the House.
It was a great achievement for the community in general, which felt honored when the President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Carlos César, inaugurated the House of Azores of Ontario.
In 2008, the House of Azores of Ontario hosted, and presided over, the XI World Council of the Houses of the Azores.

FOUNDERS

 

Gilberto Sousa

 

Liberal Soares

 

Emanuel Soares

 

Larry Simões

 

Leo Raposo

 

Américo do Rego

 

Manuel B. Raposo

 

Augusto Pombeiro

 

Joe Pimentel

 

Eovolado Moniz

 

Daniel Moniz

 

Manuel Moniz

 

Alberto Menezes

 

Agostinho Melo

 

Rui Melo

 

Rogério Melo

 

Liberal Medeiros

 

António Medeiros

 

Domingos Medeiros

 

António Maia

 

António Linhares

 

José Lima

 

António Freitas

 

Isaura Ferreira

 

José Ferreira

 

Walter Fernandes

 

João de Oliveira

 

Juvenal Sousa

 

João Manuel de Jesus

 

João de Freitas

 

Tadeu Rocha

 

Manuel Couto

 

Victor Couto

 

Humberto Costa

 

Miguel Correia

 

João Cabral

 

Berino Cabral

 

Manuel Augusto

 

Isac Amaral

 

Roberto Amaral

 

Simão Amaral

 

Arnaldo Amaral

 

José Amaral

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VALENCES/ACTIVITIES

Atribuição de condecorações e l..
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Organização de excursões para s..
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Jantares de confraternização
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Comemorações dos Santos Populares
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Apresentações de folclore e músi..
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Apresentação de livros
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Exibição de filmes e documentári..
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Palestras
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Exposições de Pintura e de Fotogr..
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Comemoração do aniversário da Ca..
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Festas do Divino Espírito Santo
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Semana Cultural
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Escola de Português
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Biblioteca
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Aulas de Viola da Terra e Violão
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Centro de Convívio da Terceira Ida..
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Grupo de Juventude da Casa dos Aço..
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Restaurante "Ilhas de Bruma"
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Grupo Coral "Recordar é Viver"
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Grupo de Folclore "Perolas do Atlâ..
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HISTORY ACTIVITIES