More than thirty years ago, a gentleman journeyed from Tanzania to this great country to make a new home, and saw the need to bring fellow Tanzanians together at least once a year. Arnold Mendes was instrumental in forming Tanzanite, and so began his dream together with 12 other fellow members to organize the first dinner dance. With a glowing heart he saw Tanzanite rise in this Northern Land with strength. From far and wide – fellow Tanzanians from across Canada and the United States began to attend this auspicious event.

Praise and thanks goes out to committees that followed, who continued to organize successful events from which the numbers in attendance grew. Our heartfelt gratitude to all past Presidents and committees for their contribution in making Tanzanite a success! With the need for some more fun – the annual picnic held in July followed with renowned record attendance. As members of the Tanzanite community moved into their seniors years – an event for them began not long ago, popularly known from back home as “Morning at Home”! In recent years, many young families have begun to attend this event, which has become more of a tribute to our seniors.

As we move forward, we encourage our Youth and Young Adults to join our events to keep the torch burning.


Ref: Tanzanite 2011, “Once Upon A Time”