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There's no doubt that sports have the ability to bring together a community and even an entire culture. But what happens after the big game is over?
Joe Pereira said he often noticed a unification of Winnipeg's Portuguese community during international soccer events, but after the events ended, the community members seemed to disappear. He wanted to fix that and help sustain a sense of unity year-round.
"We have such a strong presence -- a united presence -- around local establishments," said Pereira, a local realtor and married father of two. "I thought moving into the future, with the younger people coming up in our community, that the internet would be the way to now promote our community locally and internationally."
He partnered with Paulo Cabral, who heads up the local Portuguese consulate, and together they co-founded a new website to promote Portuguese culture, events and business in our province -- www.PortugueseinManitoba.com.
Setting to work on the site last fall as volunteers, they formed partnerships with most Portuguese organizations and non-profits and each has a page on the site where they can promote events, news and announcements. It also displays photos taken at local events. Currently the website is published in Portuguese only, but in the future they hope to offer it in English as well.
They also formalized a partnership with a local Portuguese newspaper, O Mundial. The papers' stories are published on the website and the articles written for the website are published in the newspaper, so those without Internet access can remain in the loop. Cabral said they hope the site will help promote Winnipeg to other Portuguese communities around the world.
"It exposes our city and our community to the outside world. Everybody thinks that Canada is only Vancouver and Toronto, but (in Winnipeg) we have quite a large community of 30,000 (people)," said Cabral.
Pereira said he hopes the website will help to maintain the Portuguese culture in Winnipeg.
If you would like more information or would like to volunteer to help with the Portuguese in Manitoba website, please contact Pereira at 227-4756 or by email at email@example.com. Cabral can be reached at 943-8941 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know a special volunteer, please contact email@example.com.
For more information about these listings, please contact the person/organization directly. You may also call (204) 477-5180 ext. 221 to set up an appointment to see an interviewer at Volunteer Manitoba. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.mbvolunteer.ca for other opportunities.
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