Everyone is invited!
Be prepared to engage in the compassion that is happening worldwide.
The Charter for Compassion gathers to recognize some of the most extraordinary and honorable people whose lives signify compassionate action to the 10th degree.
Hear from people at the grassroots level, those working in the fields of health and scientific research, musicians who recognize their call to preserve cultural roots and use their talent to educate beyond musical notes, and social justice advocates who are spurred on by small victories that collectively result in equity.
Watch how... Learn who... Hear... and take pleasure in supporting the Charter by finding gifts for yourself and your loved ones in the Gala Gallery.
This year's Honorees
This event is a spectacle that will embrace possibility and leave you speechless and ready to act for compassion -- honoring ten individuals who have blazed a trail for us to follow, intertwined with music that represents the soundtrack of our journey.
There are several ways to enjoy and support Gala 2022. Participate from your own home; invite people over to celebrate (in safety and if allowed in your locale); or if possible, in safety, gather in a community space to enjoy the Gala together. It is expected that each person purchases a ticket, as it will be on the honour system.
This is the major fundraiser to help sustain the Charter for Compassion's work.
Each minute of the Gala is guaranteed to be powerful!
MAP YOUR PASSION
The Charter for Compassion offers this opportunity to become visible to other compassionate people from anywhere in the world.
And there is such a great need for everybody’s engagement.
The Charter for Compassion’ is “a connector”, creating this CO CREATOR MAP.
You indicate what your areas of interest are, and you can see who else shares these interests.
Please be assured that the information you share is safe and will not be shared.
Appearing as a co-creator on this Map is an invitation to participate in perhaps the greatest adventure of all time … co-creating the world that all our hearts desire … participation in an evolution towards a more just and equitable world.
A co-creator is humble and open-minded, curious to understand and integrate others’ perspectives, and is motivated by a higher purpose, i.e.:
If this aligns with you, please register on the Map of Co-creators.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Compassionate York Region team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 24, 2022 was a beautiful day in Richmond Hill. It was a beautiful day for many people from our community, from many different backgrounds, to come together to have peace on earth.
September 21st, is the actual United Nations sanctioned holiday The International Day of Peace, also officially known as World Peace Day. It is a dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence.
Compassionate York Region with support from Colonel Nudds, the overseer of the Peace Park at the Hindu Temple, Vishnu Mandir, located at the gateway to the City of Richmond Hill, Ontario, had community leaders speak of peace.
Sara Jamil is the founder of Compassionate York Region read the Charter for Compassion’s mission statement.
Mayor David West was pleased that we were celebrating this special day in Richmond Hill.
Dr. Doobay, who brought the first place for Hindus to worship in Canada, is a leader, visionary, mentor, teacher and philanthropist, welcomed us to this special place, and encouraged us to visit the temple and see the Wall of Peace and Museum of Hindu Civilization.
Painted Sky, an indigenous leader, held a pipe ceremony and blessed the park, including a newly installed Medicine Wheel. Participants met in a circle to be part of a smudging ceremony.
Major Abdul Malik, retired Justice of the Peace and a respected member of the local Ahmadiyya community, words of reflection, relating to peace.
Padre, Monique Roumy offered a meaningful closing prayer.
Peace was present in the Peace Park, with the words spoken, the hearts of people opened and the statues and meaning of what this place is all about.
Colonel Gerry Nudds, Padre Monique Roumy, Painted Sky
When we see a Compassionate Path as a whole, it is amazing what Compassionate York Region sparked and what our Compassionate Community has already done
Councillor Raika Sheppard has put forth the motion for "the City of Richmond Hill hereby affirms the tenants of the Charter for Compassion and commits to restoring compassion in our society, and hereby formalizes its commitment to encouraging our City’s diversity and cultivating an informed empathy of others.
And the City of Richmond Hill hereby commits to the rejection of any practice that breeds hatred, violence, intolerance and disdain, on basis of one’s creed, race, gender or sexuality, national origin, religion, culture, colour, or constitution. "
Click HERE for the full motion
We'll report back on the council's decision
Sara Jamil spoke as a delegate. Click HERE to listen what she had to say.
The Richmond Hill Liberal editor, Sheila Wang, wrote about this motion passing and Councillor Sheppard's desire to have more compassion. ‘Treating each other better’: Richmond Hill commits to restoring compassion and rejecting hatred (yorkregion.com)
Canadian Mental Health Association has awarded Compassionate York Region a $1000 Quick Action Grant to have a "Happy to Chat" Bench .
The bench is located in front of the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts - 10268 Yonge Street
The Region of York, the United Way of Greater Toronto and Canadian Mental Health Association thinks we have a good idea!!!
"Love, kindness and friendliness may be ways of being compassionate, but they are not compassion itself.
At the heart of compassion is the courage to look into the causes of suffering – in particular our dark side – with a dedication to acquire the wisdom of understanding the causes and roads to the alleviation and prevention of suffering with the determination to take action."
An amazing group of ladies are putting their hearts and souls together .
The Compassionate Community Initiative of York Region is weaving compassion into the social fabric of the community.
It foresees (4C) Creating Conversations for a Compassionate Community that invites voices across all sectors.
To build a compassionate community .
We are part of The Charter for Compassion, an international movement to promote and cultivate the principle of compassion and the Compassionate Way of Life, as articulated by the Charter for Compassion, so that compassion characterizes all human society and all relationships.
We respectfully acknowledge our presence on the traditional territories and ancestral lands and waters of the original stewards: the Huron Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.
York Region is a colonial boundary that is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississauga’s of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with many Mississauga and Chippewa Bands.
As settlers we are uninvited guests. And we are all treaty people bound by the responsibility to honour and heal our relations with each other.
This acknowledgement is one step to reconciliation, as has been outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Report Calls to Action.
An understanding of how our collective past has brought us to where we are today will help us walk together into a better future.
We pray that our Beloved Creator will help us recognize our common humanity, interconnection, and interdependence.
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