About Us

OUR STORY

Carassauga Festival is an incorporated non-profit volunteer community organization celebrating multiculturalism since 1986. Recognized as Canada’s largest multicultural Festival, Carassauga’s vision is to organize a city-wide family friendly multicultural festival suitable for all ages to promote understanding, respect and co-operation among all Canadians of different heritage.

Our Mission

– To provide an opportunity for Mississauga citizen groups from different countries of origin a chance to promote public awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of their cultures and cultural expressions.
– To promote principles of good citizenship, thereby encouraging tolerance, mutual cooperation and respect between and amongst Mississauga citizens.
– to encourage ethno-specific groups to cooperate together and to participate in mainstream cultural, civic and social activities.

Our History

Carassauga operated for the first time in 1986 with 10 Pavilions, initially operating only on Saturday and Sunday. It was created in response to a challenge put out by the former Mayor Hazel McCallion to all ethno cultural groups at a meeting of her calling in the old City Hall in the fall of 1985.

OUR TEAM

As a volunteer-based organization, our board is comprised of various members reflective of our cultural pavilions (providing community aspect and multicultural capacity) and from the wider community with special skill sets such as financial management, marketing, logistics planning, legal expertise and HR skills.

Carassauga Board of Directors – 2022 – 2023

Marek Ruta – Chairman

Anna Fernandes – Vice Chair

Cynthia Prazeres-Mare – Vice Chair – Pavilions and Programs

Randy Persaud – Vice Chair – Marketing

Sean Franklin – Treasurer

Kreso Mitar – Secretary

Resty del Rosario – Director

Hema Pereira – Director

Sunil Bungay – Director 

Zahid Syed – Director

Sandra Pereira – Director

Ursula Makula – Director

Silvina Antunes – Director

Rena Anderson – Director

Catherine Taylor – Director

Jack A. Prazeres – Past Chair

Annual General Meeting

2022 Annual General Meeting
Thursday September 15th, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Location: Canadian Coptic Centre, Mississauga

2021 Annual General Meeting
Thursday September 23rd, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual Meeting

2020 Annual General Meeting
Thursday September 17th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual Meeting