CHRISTIAN, JEWISH AND MUSLIM LEADERS TO COME TOGETHER FOR A DAY OF HUMANITY, INCLUSION AND ACCEPTANCE ON MARCH 20 IN BARRHAVEN

For Immediate Release

(Barrhaven)- Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod will host a Day of Humanity, Inclusion and Acceptance on Monday, March 20 at the Ottawa Torah Centre (111 Lamplighters Drive) and is inviting all Ottawa residents to consider participating with workshops and speeches being led by prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim Faith Leaders.

Presentations will be made by Denise Derby, (Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership), Rabbi Menachem Mendel Blum (Ottawa Torah Centre) and Dr. Aisha Sherazi (Pastoral Care Worker, Merivale High School), Imam Dr. Zijad Delić (South Nepean Muslim Centre), Dr. Brian Lee Cowley (MacDonald Laurier Institute), and a discussion presented by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and moderated by Rabbi Reuven Bulka will feature a panel that includes Mirza Ismail, Founder and Chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization International, Vera Gara, a Holocaust survivor, Sevag Belian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee, Denise Umutoni, Survivor of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda and member of Humura Association, and Hustin Laku, a Human Rights Advocate and Darfur Genocide Advocate.  The luncheon session will begin with a blessing from Algonquin Elder Annie (Kishkwanakwad) Smith St-George.

Onsite the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre will have their Tour for Humanity, a mobile human rights education centre, which will offer 50 minute tours on historic events from both national and global perspectives which encourages Canadians to raise their voices against hatred, bigotry and racism. 

A light vegetarian, halal and kosher lunch will be served.

Pre-registration for free tickets can be made by calling MPP Lisa MacLeod at 613-823-2116 or emailing lisa@lisamacleod.com.  Media are encouraged to attend.

Attached is an open letter from MPP Lisa MacLeod, Pastor Dan Guther, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Blum and Imam Dr. Zijad Delic as well as a poster with the itinerary.

 

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For more information or for an interview please contact Kayla Fernet at 613-716-6008.