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.