Multi-faith service to build bridges between communities in Ottawa
The Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Canada spearheaded a multi-faith
service on August 9, at the Bronson Center in Ottawa to mark the dawn of
peace in Sri Lanka. This event was organized by the Sri Lanka High
Commission and the friends of Sri Lanka in Ottawa as an initial step
towards its efforts to integrate the communities after the end of the
conflict in Sri Lanka.
With the attendance of a large crowd representing all ethnic and
religious groups, this occasion was graced by religious dignitaries
representing, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim prelates.
Addressing the gathering, the religious leaders expressed their
appreciation for organizing such an event, according to them the event
is timely and as a thoughtful gesture. The value of such reconciliation
programs and the need to extend similar programs was emphasized in their
sermons while thanking the active participation of the community and
their support for such an event.
High Commissioner Daya Perera paid tribute to the religious
dignitaries for their wise cancelling and reiterated the importance of
working together to sustain the peace that has been achieved.
He stated that in Sri Lanka, many lives have been lost due to the
conflict and many dreams have been shattered and generations of youth
have been lost. In memory of all those who lost their lives, one minute
of silence was observed. Counsellor Anzul Jhan thanked all those who
contributed to make this event a success. Deputy High Commissioner
C.A.H.M. Wijeratne was also present.
The High Commission in Ottawa plans to hold similar religious
services in other cities in the hope of building bridges between the
communities. The ready response of the community in organizing such an
event is evidence of their own commitment to peace.
The Multi-Faith service was followed by a successful Pot Luck Food
Sale, the proceeds of which is to be utilized to purchase artificial
limbs for civilians and soldiers affected by the conflict.