Building Bridges in the Community
Surrey, Vancouver, March 7, 2011
Richmond has won lot of accolades for being in the forefront on many community based issues. In particular, this community’s concerted efforts at promoting intercultural harmony has been recognized widely. For this, the City, numerous community organizations and countless volunteers deserve full credit. Our own Highway to Heaven is a great model of that. In this context, organizations like Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society (RMCS) have been doing a commendable job...
For more than a year, RMCS, in co-operation with Embrace BC, City of Richmond and various other community partners has been spearheading an Inter-Faith Bridging Project. The main objective of this project is to build bridges between different cultures and faiths in the community. As a continuation of this project, RMCS, in co-operation with India Cultural Centre of Canada (Gurdwara Nanak Niwas), hosted an interfaith dialogue on Thursday, March 3... It consisted of speakers from five different faiths-Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism. The speaker for Christianity was unable to make it due to a family emergency.
These resource people did an excellent job in exploring ways and means of encouraging people of different faiths to work together in building bridges in the community. They emphasized the need of working together in celebrating our special days/festivals and reaching out to each other Members of the audience also were actively engaged in this process.
The seminar took place at India Cultural Centre (Gurdwara Nanak Niwas) 8600 #5 Road, Richmond from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. The spacious dining hall was an ideal setting for the multifaith dialogue. Management of the Gurdwara did a commendable job not only in providing a very welcoming environment but also by serving mouth watering refreshments to a very diverse and large audience. RMCS is very thankful for this.
Initiatives like these go a long way in creating more awareness and understanding amongst people of different faiths. After all, we all are part of the same human race. As such we have a lot more in common. Working together in building bridges in the community is bound to go a long way in promoting intercultural harmony.
(Balwant Sanghera is a retired School Psychologist and Community Activist. He is a recipient of the Order of British Columbia and one of Top 25 Canadian Immigrants for 2010)