Canadian High Commission celebrates Canada Day in concert

The High Commission of Canada in Brunei recently celebrated Canada Day with a piano performance by Canadian pianist, Tony Yike Yang at the Radisson Hotel.

The event also marked the 40th anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic relationship with Brunei.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Her Excellency Ambra Dickie, said in her address that Canada established diplomatic relations with Brunei on 7th May 1984; with both countries opening a High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan and Ottawa between 1995 and 1996.

“Thank you to our Bruneian partners from all spheres, public, private, and non-governmental, for your friendship and support over the past 40 years. We couldn’t be where we are today without you, and we will count on you to help us make the next 40 years even more successful for both our nations,” she said.

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“It is the time to look forward to the future of our region and to develop both political and commercial ties that will support a prosperous, healthy, and secure future for both our peoples. We know that we are stronger when we stand together,” she added.

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For the last 40 years, the two countries have worked closely together within ASEAN, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and the Commonwealth.

Both countries have seen various people-to-people exchanges in areas including business and education. This includes exchange programmes such as the ASEAN-Canada Scholarships for Educational (SEED) which have funded 19 students from Brunei since 2022.

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Her Excellency also touched on future projects such as the Canada-Brunei Chamber of Commerce and Networking Association, which will work to advance commercial, cultural and educational projects between Canada and Brunei.

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During the event, a special logo was introduced to mark the celebration and has also been created which represents Canadian and Bruneian national symbols – the maple leaf and the simpor flower, which was inspired by the tiles, textiles, and patterns of both countries.

In addition, two events marking the celebration have been held recently; the first was the Hockey Morning in Brunei at Bandarku Ceria and the second was a presentation on “Muslim Contributions to Peace Through Dialogue” by a Canadian Professor, Professor Dr Patrice Brodeur.

The event was graced by Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Pg Dato Seri Setia Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha and spouse Datin Hajah Mahayon Haji Mohammad Taha.

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Guests had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of hearty spreads of typical Canadian cuisine. They were entertained with a piano recital by an invited Canadian pianist, Tony Yike Yang, one of Canada’s finest young musicians.


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