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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.”
This year 280 youth leaders from 55 countries and territories attended the SGI Youth Training Course in Tokyo, Japan from August 30 - September 5. Eight youth from across Canada were able to participate on behalf of all the members in SGI Canada.
From August 25 to 28, six SGI Canada practitioners embarked upon a journey to deepen their faith through study and dialogue. There were 196 members in attendance representing leaders from North America and New Zealand.
On a rainy August 17, 47 students with seeking spirits gathered at the SGI Canada Caledon Centre for Culture and Education to kick off the High School and Student Group Conference. Each heart, having travelled far and long, was warmed by the welcoming beacon of the centre and staff and a delicious dinner.
There are a number of places spread across the Atlantic Area where there are only a handful of SGI practitioners. The practice can be challenging in those situations compared to cities with larger memberships. One such scenario is in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, about an hour’s drive from Halifax.
To commemorate the Youth Division founding - July 11 for the Young Men’s Group and July 19 for the Young Women’s Group, as well as the 70th anniversary of our mentor, Daisaku Ikeda’s joining on August 24, SGI Canada held youth general meetings across the country in the month of July.
On July 16, thirty-eight SGI members and guests drove to the working farm of member Edith Regier and her husband Wayne Skelton to enjoy the outdoors with Edmonton’s Future Division (ages 6-12) members.
Lors du séminaire francophone au Centre éducatif et culturel de Caledon, du 20 au 23 juillet, les participants venus d’Ottawa, de Victoria et de diverses régions du Québec ont été vraiment inspirés par le thème «Activons Notre Plein Potentiel Pour Créer Une Vague D'espoir!»