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"Bursting at the seams" is the phrase that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of the 69 district general meetings that were held throughout SGI Canada's Central Region. More than one of the districts had over 50 practitioners and 24 guests attend.
The exhibition “Everything You Treasure – For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” was brought to four schools in Manitoba this fall by the SGI Winnipeg Exhibit Committee in partnership with Peace Days Winnipeg. Peace Days is a two week festival celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, designated as September 21.
SGI Canada's Prairie Region held very successful general meetings in the various districts throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon. These meetings celebrated the 87th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai.
District General Meetings were held in 35 different homes across Québec in November. The 550 people, who attended, shared knowledgeable presentations, inspired experiences, joyful songs, and heartfelt connections with new friends.
Eastern Region held 21 district general meetings during the month of November including meetings in Eastern Ontario and the Atlantic Area. Over 280 attended these meetings including 50 guests. Nine people officially joined SGI Canada at this time.
Sunrise School Division is one of the largest (7,180 square km) in Manitoba, east of Winnipeg, extending north to Lake Winnipeg, east to the Ontario border and south to the TransCanada Highway and beyond. It is comprised of 13 schools both English and French and six Colony (Hutterite) schools, with a total population of 4,648 students.
On October 27, SGI Canada General Director Tony Meers landed in Whitehorse, Yukon, for the first time. His visit coincided with the 57th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s first visit to Canada in October 1960.
From October 19-22, 45 men gathered at the SGI Canada Caledon Centre for Culture and Education to share experiences and study at the Men’s Caledon Conference. The theme of the conference was "Breakthrough!”
From October 26 to 29, Atlantic Area received four visiting region and national leaders. SGI Canada Women's Leader Helen Izumi-Choi and Eastern Region Women's Leader Monica Bachmann visited Halifax. Eastern Region Men’s Group leader Dwight Rudisuela and Young Men’s Leader Koichi Paxton visited PEI and two cities in New Brunswick before joining meetings in Halifax.
I sat down with a young woman to talk about the Young Women’s and Women’s Caledon Conference we attended on September 21-24. Stephanie was among 18 first time participants and 28 young women at the conference. She and I were among the 60 participants altogether.
The 2017 Caledon Study Conference was held from September 7-10. Fifty-two participants joyously studied Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, embracing the theme for the conference, “Practice and Study—the driving force for introducing others to Buddhism.”