Consul general of Malta to Canada represents Malta at a historic ceremony of the commencement of the building of the Runnymede long-term care facility in Malta village – Toronto Canada
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Consul general of Malta to Canada represents Malta at a historic ceremony of the commencement of the building of the Runnymede long-term care facility in Malta village – Toronto Canada

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Sep 02, 2021
 
 CONSUL GENERAL OF MALTA TO CANADA REPRESENTS MALTA AT A HISTORIC CEREMONY OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE BIULDING OF THE RUNNYMEDE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY IN MALTA VILLAGE – TORONTO CANADA

 

The Maltese Community in Canada counts over 147,000 from coast to coast of Canada, the second largest Maltese and Gozitan community living outside of the Maltese Islands after Australia. In the case of the first generation of Maltese and Gozitans who came to Canada the number is decreasing slower than before since a growing number of Maltese and Gozitan families who have specific profession(s) Canada requires are being accepted and are gradually migrating to different parts of this vast country.  An ever-growing elderly population require specific needs such as long-term care facilities.

 

For decades the Maltese Canadian Federation (established in 1972) lead by Joe Sherri and others lobbied tirelessly for such a facility near the centre of the Maltese Canadian Community in Malta Village.  This dream is finally becoming reality where 50 beds from the new Runnymede Long-term Facility will be specifically dedicated for Maltese Canadians.  This Maltese Canadian group has converged with the Connie Dejak, the Maltese Canadian President and CEO of Runnymede Hospital who announced in this milestone achievement in the presence of Province of Ontario Premier, Doug Ford and Ontario Health Minister Rod Philips at press conference on the site.

 

The Consul General of the Republic of Malta to Canada, Dr Raymond C. Xerri was one of the special guests to this ceremony.  Just over four years prior to this ceremony in May 2017, Dr Xerri formed part of the Presidential Delegation to Canada and the United States whereby the former president of the Republic of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca not only visited the site but also made a financial donation towards this project – at the time was still on plans - on behalf of the Government and People of Malta.   Consul General Dr Xerri since taken up his post in Toronto in July 2019, he has followed and acted as a liaison between all parties concerned in order for this landmark to be possible.


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