Archive for February, 2013

An Afternoon with Denise Booth

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


Early this month I attended a gathering of the Partners with OLM’S group at their Central House.  Our guest speaker was Denise Booth the Family Violence Prevention and  Cultural Co-Ordinator of the Family Violence Project sponsored by the Native Women’s Resource Center.(NWRC)

 As the Cultural Co-Ordinator, Denise an abuse survivor herself, is now working with other abused Native Women to help ensure their lives and that of their children are safe  and protective enough to allow a better quality life for all Indigenous persons.

 Denise remarked that before the Residential Schools were established by the Federal Government the Native people enjoyed a more peaceful and less problematic Indigenous life than they now have. Women were healthier, stronger, teachers of their language and culture to their families.  Through her work in the NWRC Denise is daily reaching out to other abused women who come to the Center for shelter, advice and comfort.

I was impressed by Denise’s courage and relentless energy as she struggles to improve the lives of her extended Indigenous families.

 Inez Fernandes 


OLM Sisters and Partners with OLM listen to Denise

OLM Sisters and Partners with OLM listen to Denise


Denise Booth

Denise Booth

A Word from “Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women”

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Less than two weeks are left before governments and activists convene at the United Nations at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW57) to discuss strategies to end violence against women and girls.

Add your voice. Make some noise. Click here to donate this tweet and make ending violence against women and girls trend in every mind.

7 in 10 women are abused. Ending #violenceagainstwomen & girls starts with YOU! Take action. #SayNOUNiTE. #CSW57

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World Interfaith Harmony Week – First Week of February

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
From Paul McKenna – Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department and member of the Toronto Steering Committee to promote and facilitate World Interfaith Harmony Week in the Greater Toronto Area…..
The Theme:

“Finding Ways To Work Together”

We are pleased to announce that the committee requested and received an

official proclamation from the City Of Toronto that officially recognizes

the first week of February 2013 as World Interfaith Harmony Week in Toronto.

We are also pleased to announce two events we are co-producing:

Event 1 – February 1 2013 – In conjunction with Toronto Chapter of the Islamic Supreme Council Of Canada, we are presenting a dinner, “Celebrating Interfaith Culture” that will also present music, poetry, comedy and skits by different faith groups . All profits will be used to fund an interfaith work team to help build a Habitat For Humanity home.

Event 2 – February 7 2013 – In conjunction with the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, we are presenting an evening “Looking For Ways To Work Together” with key interfaith leaders. They will speak to the underlying principles of World Interfaith Harmony Week, what kind of interfaith work they do, and what they plan or would like to do to work together with other faiths in 2013. All profits will be used to fund an interfaith work team to help build a Habitat For Humanity home.

More information on the World Interfaith Harmony Week:  (

The World Interfaith Harmony Week

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.

The World Interfaith Harmony Weekprovides a platform—one week in a year—when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves. This week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others’ efforts.

With over 300 Letters of Support, and 200 registered events in over 40 countries, all organized in little over 3 months, the first World Interfaith Harmony Week was a success. The second year was an even greater success with over 300 events held worldwide.

It is hoped that this initiative will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.