Volunteers recognized as part of Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony

Excellence in Volunteering recognizes individuals and groups for donating their time, energy and skills to enhance the lives of residents and clients in the City’s 10 long-term care homes and community programs.

Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday (Councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke Centre) was joined by members of City Council at City Hall to honour volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their volunteering activities at the City’s long-term care homes.

Recipients of this year’s Excellence in Volunteering Awards are: Gordon Crutchley (Bendale Acres); Fran Axmith, Margaret Chan, Cindy Cheng, Esther Cheng, Bill Hu, Charmaine Lym, Mahrukh Mack, Lin Mu, Sally Woo, Agnes Yang and Alina Zhao (Carefree Lodge); Gizella Hudik (Castleview Wychwood Towers); Marlene Zeidenberg (Cummer Lodge); Neil Milne (Fudger House); Barbara Russell (Kipling Acres); Joshua Bonnici, Elizabeth Short  and Sherry Snow (Lakeshore Lodge); Eleanor McKendrick (Seven Oaks); Shirley Currie (True Davidson Acres); and Leila Morrison (Wesburn Manor).

The Divisional Excellence in Volunteering Award, given to an individual or group that volunteers at multiple homes or with several different programs, was presented to members of the Korean-Canada Family Ministry, under the leadership of Reverend Grace Kim. Continue reading “Volunteers recognized as part of Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony”

Mississauga Library Receives Generous Donation for Homeless Outreach Initiative

The Mississauga Library received a generous donation from the P. and L. Odette Charitable Foundation for $390,000 in support of its homelessness initiative the Open Window Hub. The pilot project helps homeless, at-risk individuals and vulnerable youth and adults in Mississauga. The program connects them with resources, outreach programs and better access to services to help raise their quality of life. Over the span of three years, the Library will receive $130,000 per year to support the program.

“We are really grateful to be the recipient of this very generous donation from the P. and L. Odette Charitable Foundation who has a history supporting homelessness prevention initiatives in the Greater Toronto Area,” said Mayor Crombie. “We remain committed to doing everything we can to elevate the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens. This past week, during our budget deliberations, our City Council agreed to allocate additional Library funding that would transition the Open Window Hub from a pilot program to a permanent community service allowing us to continue to assist at-risk and homeless individuals rebuild their lives.”

The Foundation chose the Open Window Hub for its donation after learning about the work of the initiative from the City’s Homelessness Prevention Outreach Worker, Kevin Berry.

Open Window Hub addresses the growing needs of individuals experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, in Mississauga. There has been an increase in individuals connecting with services, so we know there is a direct need for it,” said Lori Kelly, Director, Library Services.“ Continue reading “Mississauga Library Receives Generous Donation for Homeless Outreach Initiative”

Hindu temple with capacity of 7,800 people opens in Massachusetts

A magnificent two-story Hindu temple reportedly covering 40,000 square feet on a 28-acres plot, which claims to accommodate 7,800 devotees, is opening in Groton (Massachusetts) with 12-days of ceremonies ending on October 20.

New England Shirdi Sai Temple is designed in traditional style following Vastu Shastra and whose main worship hall can hold 500 congregants, will reportedly cater to about 5,000 families of the area. Ground floor of this temple, whose groundbreaking was held in 2015 and which contains three golden spires, will be used for community activities/functions. There are plans of fountain pools in the landscaping.

Temple Grand Inauguration and Pran Pratishta Mahotsav festivities; besides ancient Hindu rituals and food; are also reportedly showcasing traditional music, dance and culture. Ceremonies include kumbhabhishekam, cow worship, various poojas and aartis, 1008 kalasha-stapana, homam, archana, poornahuthi, shanti kalyanam, Mata Ka Jagaran, etc.; ending with Shej Aarti starting 10:00 pm on October 20.

It is operated by non-profit New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar formed in 2006; whose vision includes “spread the message of love, kindness, unity and make a meaningful contribution to the welfare of the mankind” and beliefs include “Faith and Patience”.

Temple opens daily at 08:30 am and besides regular worship services, also celebrates various Hindu festivals, holds yoga and pranayama classes and kids’ chess, organizes bhajans and free medical/dental checkups, etc. Continue reading “Hindu temple with capacity of 7,800 people opens in Massachusetts”