Latest Club News

Catch up with all the latest news about what's happening in your club right here.  

Feel free to drop by often!  Note also that these articles will be included in the monthly CAC eNewsletter sent to members each month. Now that the club does not publish a monthly PDF newsletter, this news feed on the website (and the email it generates) is now the primary place to catch up on news and events. 

A list of these articles also appears on the front page of the website.
  • 06 Jan 2010 11:28 PM | Anonymous

    Grace Monica Anne Kokay arrived at 6:45pm on Wednesday 6 January 2010 , a beautiful daughter to Craig & Deeahn Kokay. Weighing 9lb 6oz (about 4.4kg). Mother and daughter doing well. Father is over the moon.

    Kokay Family

  • 04 Jan 2010 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Water Polo.jpgThe Canadian National Water Polo Team is in Sydney this week for a training camp and some official matches on Friday and Saturday night. Click here for a flyer outlining the match times and location.

    Both matches are being held at Drummoyne Olympic Pool (Henley Marine Drive just off Victoria Road) looking over the Parramatta River.

    This is the first time that the Canadian National Team has toured Australia in a training camp capacity. They are hoping for a large crowd attendance from the Canadian community in Sydney to show support for the National Team. The Canadian Team are very excited about their training camp and official matches this week.

    The Canadian National Team recently competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the World Championships in Rome last year.

    Food and drinks (beer and wine) will be available at the venue before, during and after the match. After the match the spectators have the opportunity to meet the Canadian Players in the after match presentation at the venue. The venue overlooks the Parramatta River and is a wonderful venue to view the match, so it should be a great night out for all spectators, even if many of them are not too familiar with the sport of water polo.

  • 25 Dec 2009 12:35 PM | Anonymous
    Now that all donations raised by the club during our Christmas Mixer have been made, I thought I'd share some feedback received from the Canadian Make A Wish Foundation!

    Hi Linda,
    On behalf of our wish children and their families, thanks so much for your very generous on-line gift to us.  Your kind support will help make lives brighter for children living with life-threatening medical conditions.
    A wish is a powerful thing.  And each wish that we grant has a profound and life-changing affect on the wish child and their families.

    Whether their wish fulfills a fantasy, creates an adventure, or includes a celebrity or sports hero, it gives a child – and their immediate family, a break from being sick.  The joy on each child’s face when they understand that one of their dreams really is going to come true is our constant inspiration.  We believe that every child living with a life-threatening medical conditions deserves the opportunity to see his or her dreams come true. Your generous support shows us that you feel the same way, and helps us to make dreams come true – thank you.

    Our best wishes for a happy holiday season with family and friends, and thank you for helping us to share the power of a wish!  Together, we will make some magic for some very special children..

    All the best for a healthy, magical 2010,

    Jayne Fry
    Director, Individual Giving
    Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Canada
    521 - 4211 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M2P 2A9
    Tel:  416.224.9474 ext. 231 / Fax: 416.224.8795 /  Facebook
  • 13 Jul 2009 10:23 AM | Anonymous
    Got this email from the Sydney French Choir...  if you're interested in any of the options he mentions, please respond directly to Hans...

    French_Choir_edited_diana.jpgDear Mr Betcher,

    Thank you for supporting Sydney French Choir , as you know Mr and Mrs Croteau attended the 30th May ChoirFest. I wish to brief you on our choir's work and future programs especially the Vocal Technique Workshop and also Term 3 which starts on the 29th July 2009.

    I request that you promote our Francophone choir by forwarding the attached press Release and also the Flyer.  It would be great if you could Print the flyer and offer it to your members.

    I hope that at least 1 or 2 members or even more can join our choir from your community ..this way they can advise us on music from Canada so we can include in our repertoire .They can also be a good , effective link between the choir and your club.
    Kind Regards
    Hans Hammond / Mobile 0430007837

    The Sydney French Choir (or SFC) is conducted by Ms Amandine Petit a French National who is highly qualified as a Musical Director and Singer with the Sydney Chamber Orchestra .SFC is "not for profit" initiative of the Sydney French Language Group formed in 2008. The SFC aims at combining Francophone choral art and music with the objective of fostering cultural exchange.

    The SFC has performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Canadian Film Festival,La Fête Francophonie",La Fête de la Musique at Fox Studios and recently at "ChoirFest"; a high profile annual choir Festival held in Sydney.

    Sydney French Choir is looking for singers to rehearse a diverse Francophone choral repertoire, including styles such as: Classic, Pop, Jazz, Cabaret, Barbershop and Alternative.

    Term III 8 week rehearsal Program Starts on the 29th July 2009 ( Performance at end of term).

    The Vocal Technique & Music Reading Workshop over 2 Saturday mornings will be held on the 1st and 8th August 2009.

    For more information or to join or book Sydney French Choir, you may email : Or visit us at: under construction] Mobile: 0430007837


  • 30 Jun 2009 10:07 PM | Anonymous
    A message from the Canadian Consulate for all Canadians...

    The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, Governor-General of Canada from 1995 to 1999, passed away in New Brunswick, Canada on June 24, 2009.  A condolence book will be open at the Consulate General of Canada, Level 5, 111 Harrington Street, Sydney from Tuesday June 30 to Wednesday July 8 2009 between 8.30am and 4.30pm.    Please note that the Consulate will be closed Friday July 3 2009.

    Further information and messages may be viewed at:
  • 20 Jun 2009 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Canada Club Presidents,

    The Australia Canada Association in South Australia is celebrating 50 years on 1st July and I am researching the club history.  We are also interested in the history of other Canadian clubs around Australia, particularly when they were established.  If you are able to help out with information on your club and how it was started I would be most greatful.  I would be happy to colate the responses and distribute if you are interested.

    We have planned a few events in celebration of our golden anniversary and you or your members are welcome to join us.  If you are planning a weekend in Adelaide, the Gala Dinner maybe of interest on the 4th July.

    ·         1st July – Canada Day Civic Reception, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide in the Queen Adelaide Room, Town Hall.

    ·         4th July – 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, Rendezvous Allegra Hotel, pre dinner drinks from 6:30pm

    ·         19th July – Family and Friends Skating Party and Hockey Game.

    More information can be found on our website at

    We would be happy to welcome friends from other clubs.

    Thank you in advance for you assistance and I look forward to your reply.  If you have any questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact me.


    Joanne Kelly
    Secretary – Australia Canada Association of SA
    Tel: 08 8297 1133, 0403 882 621

  • 27 May 2009 5:35 PM | Anonymous
    Please note this free pass has now been taken.

    The organisers of this event have offered a free double pass to this event if anyone is interested.  Please text me on 0433 59 2802 with your contact details and I will hook you up.

    Please note it is THIS SATURDAY night


    Performance date:
    Saturday 30 May 2009, 8.00PM
    Venue: Randwick Presbyterian Church
    Cnr Alison and Belmore Roads, Randwick

    Building on the classical strength of the Randwick Proms Chorus, we have created a concert program which will excite by its sheer variety and contrast in style. The pace will be fast and exciting as a world of sound is explored, which will include more than 30 songs in French, Italian, Spanish and English.

    The performers include the Sydney French Choir (with support from Alliance Francaise), the musical talents from the a cappella quintet - The Fifth House, the immensely talented Cleftomaniacs (aka - Cleffies), the Lugar Brae Community Choir, the fresh and 'brewed on the day' Cappuccino Choir, and of course the ever evolving and insanely talented - Randwick Proms' Choir.

    ChoirFest Correct Version.jpg

    Click to enlarge

  • 01 May 2009 9:57 AM | Anonymous
    At last night's Monthly Mixer, we were pleased to bestow long-standing club members Pat and Ralph Aldritt with Life Membership to the Canadian Australian Club.

    The idea of life membership was discussed by the committee a while ago and at the time it was decided that those members who have given more than 25 years of service to the club should be eligible for consideration as honorary Life Members.

    Pat and Ralph were original founding members of the club and can tell lots of stories about the "grand old days" when the club started with a formal ball in Sydney.  Pat has served as past president and in other committee positions, and Ralph, despite his humble claims of just helping "behind the scenes" has also been very involved in the running of the club over the years. 

    I've asked Pat to gather up some of the stories and photos of the club's early history in the hope that we can somehow highlight and document that history right here on the website.  Keep watching for these updates.

    On behalf of the entire club, I'd like to congratulate Pat and Ralph on becoming our first Life Members and thank them for everything they've done for the club over the years.
  • 20 Apr 2009 9:51 AM | Anonymous
    Over Easter we ran a little competition.  Two Easter Eggs were hidden somewhere on the club website and prizes were offered to the first members to find them.  The idea was to encourage you to explore the new site and hopefully discover what is actually in here.

    A number of people responded to the competition, but the prize must go to the first to respond.  I'm pleased to announce the winner of the competition was Jack and Johanne Wall, club members from Leura who correctly found the first egg at the bottom of the Canadian Consulate page in the Useful Links section of the site.  Congratulations Jack and Johanne!  Your prize of a bottle of Canadian Ice Wine is on its way!

    But wait... didn't we say there were two easter eggs hidden on the site?  Guess what, nobody reported finding the second egg!  So just to keep it interesting, there is still another prize up for grabs for the first member to contact us on with the location of the second egg.  We'll leave the competition open until this Friday, so you have a couple of days to have a look, but remember...  first in will win the prize!

    Hint: it's somewhere in the Members Area!  Good luck!
  • 16 Apr 2009 1:01 PM | Anonymous
    I have spent a good chunk of the morning going through our membership database and trying to tidy up some loose ends.  We seem to have a group of members who are showing as unrenewed (since January). 

    While there are no doubt some who are moving on for whatever reason, I know we have others who have renewed but for some reason have not yet been marked as renewed.  If you can help us sort this out, please contact membership.

    Once we get this list up to date, the membership management should be very straightforward.
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