Views from The National Peace Symposium 2016 in Toronto, Canada by
Leaders of the Community
Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, the Mayor of Vaughan
“His Holiness brought a message of hope and of mutual understanding as it relates to all other faiths gathering together to promote the notion of Love for All, Hatred for None.
In a world that is often in turmoil because of misunderstandings and lack of communication, we need to establish a common language and ground before we can break new ground. I thought that his message was a very hopeful one.
It was a message that also spoke to the higher frequencies and what I mean by that is being compassionate, caring, understanding and being the best human beings we possibly can.
Whether you are talking about Humanity First, whether you are talking about programmes, not just here locally but also nationally, the Ahmadiyya Community is an example for many other organsiations to emulate, because they speak to those values that raise the bar. It’s great that such a leader would find time to spend six weeks in Canada. His message resonated with us, and I’m sure will resonate with many other people.”
City Councillor, Marilyn Lafrate
“It has been another amazing evening. The message today was very clear about Islam and peace. There is no excuse for what is going on out there in the world today.
And it was very moving – I don’t even know what to say. I’m just so happy to hear such positivity coming from the Ahmadiyya Community. I’m so glad I’m here to witness this and feel the blessings that I received today.
I’m probably the biggest champion of this Community because I know how wonderful the people are, how loving they are and how giving they are back to the community.”
Deb Schulte, MP said:
“I want to thank His Holiness very much for taking the time to come to Parliament Hill (on 17 October). He gave a wonderful speech with a message of love for all and hatred for none, focusing on religious tolerance around the world.
He also included several suggestions on policy direction that we might want to take and we very much appreciate the time that he took to share his wisdom with us.”