Inaugural South Asian Heritage Month

Commencing Event

St. Andrew’s Church 75 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1W9 at 8:30am

Order of Service:

  • Welcome by Rev. Dr. G. Cameron Brett, Minister, St. Andrew’s Church
  • Introduction of Facilitator, Honey Khan, Vision TV
  • National Anthem, Dilshaan Panjwani and Stephan Persaud (piano)
  • Overview of the Canadian International Peace Project and Introduction of the Chairman, Mark Persaud, Co-Chairman, Mobeen Khaja–founders of the Canadian International Peace Project; and other founding members
  • Readings from the sacred texts:
    • Buddhist: Rev. Bhikku Saranapala, Chaplain, University of Toronto
    • Roman Catholic: Father Thomas Kalarathil, St. Dustan's Roman Catholic Church
    • Jewish: Ann Samson, Founding Member, Congregation Bina
    • Protestant: Rev. Ratna J. Arasaratnam and Rev. Charles J. Arasaratnam, McKellar-Dunchurch Pastoral Charge, United Church of Canada
    • Sikh: Bachan Singh-Head Priest, Siromani Sikh Sangat, Ontario Gurdwaras' Committee
    • Hindu: Swami Pramathananda, President,Vedanta Society of Toronto
    • Muslim: Imam Abdul Hai Patel, Coordinator, Islamic Council of Imams Canada
  • Presentations:
    • Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, Principal Frank Piddisi, Linda McKenzie and Students (founding members of the Canadian International Peace Project)
    • Rev. Dr. Barry Pridham, Sydenham Street United Church and Imam Mohammed Al-Farram, Brantford Mosque
  • Snapshots of contributions by South Asians to the community:
    • Law and Human Rights - Raj Anand, Partner, Weir Foulds, Barristers and Solicitors
    • Politics - Akaash Maharaj, CEO, Concordis
    • Community Development and Volunteerism - Bahadur Madhani, C.M., President, Equiprop Management Ltd.
    • Medicine - Dilnaz Panjwani, Medical Student, Medical University of the Americas
  • Messages from the Canadian Jewish Congress and other friends
  • Vote of thanks – Zul Kassamali, founding member of the Canadian International Peace Project.
  • Blessings

We must be the change we wish to see...
- Mahatma Ghandi

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