On October 2nd we celebrated Gandhi Jayanti, the 147th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. This day has also been named the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations.
Thank you to all who joined us at the Garlanding Ceremony this year! We had some beautiful weather and a great turnout.
Below is a video of our garlanding celebration featuring a few of the words offered by our Board Member Arun Shourie about the importance of Gandhian values in action.
We are pleased to introduce the establishment of the memorial Savita Shah award.
Savita was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was born on March 21, 1947 in the small village of Talod, India. She was only able to complete her education to grade 9 as she was forced to drop out of school because no other girls were attending high school. She immigrated to Canada in 1975 with her young daughter to join her husband, Jitendra, who had immigrated to Canada the year before. Once arriving in Canada, Savita enrolled in evening English. While raising their three daughters, Paresha, Monica, and Melissa, she and her husband began volunteering within many communities and organizations as their way of giving back and showing gratitude to the community. Over the years Savita gave countless hours of her time to various organizations. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes on many fundraising and charitable activities including the momentous formation of the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace. She never expected any attention, applause, or recognition. This tireless dedication to service was one of the admirable qualities that through so many people to her.
Sadly, Savita was taken from us far too soon on January 21, 2007 at the age of 59 after an inspiring battle with pancreatic cancer. The Foundation would like to honour her contributions to the community with this award. The recipient of this award is one who exemplifies sweet as compassionate qualities and who selfless he contributes to their community with no expectation of accolades. If you know of someone who you believe is deserving of this award please contact us to request an application. This person deserves to be recognized!
The award recipient will direct the Foundation to make a $300 donation to the charity of their choice as ratified by the Board of the Foundation.
The deadline for 2016 nominations is September 17, 2016. Applications are now closed.
The Association for Global New Thought has put together this anthology of activities and events that happened around the world during the Season for Nonviolence. The Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace is delighted to have participated in two ways. We celebrated the launch of the 18th annual Season for Nonviolence at our annual Memorial Event, and we posted daily reflections and practices of nonviolence on our website.
As recommended by our friends and colleagues at the University of Alberta Mahatma Gandhi Summer Institute, check out these 12 Picture Books for Peace. These 12 books are reviewed by Muna Saleh, volunteer for the Foundation and graduate student in the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta. The importance of sharing the message of nonviolence with today's children can not be overstated.
"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." - Mahatma Gandhi
Get to know the people that make up the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace, and learn about people working towards peace in our community.