Minutes of the February 13 2023 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the February 13 2023 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on February 13, 2023, through video conference via Zoom



  • Thomas S. Saras
  • Mohammad Tajdolati
  • Neel Nanda
  • Maria Saras-Voutsinas
  • Rosemary Sadlier
  • Ricky Castellvi
  • Hon. Basilio Giordano
  • Daniela Sprilac
  • Michael Li
  • Helen Wang
  • Rue Hayer-Bains
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Elsayed Nasr
  • Ned Blair
  • Jonathan Annobil
  • Shahidul Mintu
  • Pooyan Tabatabaei
  • Martha Pinzon
  • Nishantha Don
  • Lankathas Pathmanathan
  • Linda Karuks
  • Liisa Qureshi
  • Zenaida Ferry-Kharroubi
  • George Guzmas
  • Roberto Hausman
  • Arif Ahmed
  • Fiza Syeda
  • Denis Poirier
  • Ragee Arasaratnam
  • Lydia Sun
  • Leila Monteiro Lins
  • Mohammed BagherSamimi
  • Ali Mahmoud
  • Ghulam Rasool
  • Anfisa Lyasota
  • Ranjit Wicks
  • Sandie De Freitas
  • Norman Hart
  • Kathy Li
  • Teshome Woldramanuel
  • Khalid Magram
  • Mooka Tamil
  • Bobby Wang
  • Maria Swietoizacki
  • Mike Kolososki
  • Hon. Joe Volpe
  • Susana Donan
  • Ernesto Donan
  • Khalid Hamid
  • Nagamany Logendralingam
  • Hermie Garcia
  • Mila Garcia
  • Eugenia Bakchinow
  • Michael Li
  • Sima Ghaffarzadeh
  • Cezar Bangu
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Rui Yang
  • HaiTien Lin
  • Isa Melo
  • Yuri Natchetoi
  • John Saraidaris
  • Said Henry
  • Lui Queano
  • Tom Bijoet
  • Dimitri Papadopoulos
  • Ahmad Hotaki
  • Kathy Gerasklis
  • Athanasios Kourtesis
  • Bill Fatsis
  • Nishantha Don

Agenda of the day

  • Welcome Remarks by the chair.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • President’s Report/Discussions
  • New Members/New Business
  • Adjournment


Welcome Remarks by the Chair:

Mohammed Tajdolati chaired the virtual monthly meeting and declared the meeting open. Roberto Hausman moved a motion to approve the agenda. Tom Bijvoet seconded it. The motion was carried unanimously.


Minutes of the previous meeting:

Yuri moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting and Mintu seconded it. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting were approved unanimously.

 President’s Report/Discussions:

  • Thomas Saras welcomed everyone to the online monthly meeting. He discussed that he is wrapping up the end of the fiscal year reports.
  • President Saras and Chair Tajdolati reminded members of the annual membership fees for 2023.
  • President Saras asked that all with requests in for LJI equipment and approvals come to the office to pick up their gear.
  • President Saras mentioned that the LJI applications will be uploaded shortly and will advise the group once they can download the application.
  • Special Measures funding was discussed and funding figures will be made available to all that applied shortly. Funding must be given out by the Ministry by the end of March 2023
  • President Saras encouraged participation in the Internship program. It has been a very successful project and both students and publishers are benefiting immensely.
  • May 3rd is Freedom of the Press Day- we will be hosting an event to celebrate Freedom of the Press. We will also take the opportunity to hand out awards during this event. Nominations will be accepted immediately. Save the Date: the evening of May 5th. Details will be shared with all shortly regarding the venue.
  • President Saras moved a motion to expense food and drinks for the event. It was approved and accepted unanimously.
  • President Saras explained that audits for the various programs we are administrating are happening.
  • President Saras reminded all participants in the LJI and Internship programs that they must declare on their outlets that they are receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada. Maria shared a link to the Government of Canada site with the logo and statement that must be declared.
  • President Saras expressed his desire to visit the members in BC in the spring. Rue will discuss the logistics with President Saras and she suggested that the meetings happen in Surrey.
  • Saras reminded everyone that 2023 is an election year for the Board. He encouraged all to email him with their intention to run.
  • President Thomas Saras thanked all the members who generously donated to NEPMCC. Although the industry and our members are struggling financially, he encouraged everyone that can do so to donate.

  New Business/Discussions

  • Ned Blair spoke about the passing of David Onley. Mr. Saras and Ricky Castellvi signed the condolence book on behalf of the NEPMCC. Mr. Saras also attended the funeral.
  • Logan asked about having cultural dancers perform at the Press Freedom event in May. Mr. Saras welcomed the idea and asked that members contact him with suggestions. He asked that all dance routines be no more than 5 minutes.


Roberto Hausman moved a motion to adjourn the meeting and Zuhair Alshaaer seconded it. The motion was carried. The Chair, Dr. Tajdolati adjourned the meeting at 7:15 PM. The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, March 13, 2023, via Zoom.


The above notes from the meeting of February 13, 2023, were prepared by Maria Saras-Voutsinas on behalf of Secretary General and Senior VP of the NEPMCC, Neel Nanda.