Program (32nd WRC)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Held at the Humanities Theatre, J.G. Hagey Hall, Ontario, Canada

Presided and Moderated by





Indira Naidoo-Harris
Famous TV Host
(Ontario's Famous TV Host)

Opening Session : 10:00a — 12:20p

10:00a    Doors Open (Registration and Social Time)
10:30a    Opening Multi-Media Presentation
10:40a    Welcome by the Presiding Chair - Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario’s Famous TV Host
10:45a    Reading from the Holy Scriptures — Representatives of all Faiths
11:01a    Opening Ceremony - Introduction of Speakers and Dignitaries

— Introduction of Speakers and Dignitaries
— Unveiling of the World Religions Conference Plaque
— Singing of O'Canada - National Anthem of Canada

11:08a    Introducing the Conference

— Mr. Lal Khan Malik, National President, AMJ Canada

11:14a    Introduction to theme — All speakers *

11:15a — Aboriginals: Lois MacDonald – Guelph
11:20a — Judaism: Dr. Karen Mock - Toronto
11:25a — Islam: Mubarak A. Nazir - Toronto
11:30a — Sikhism: Rupinder Kaur - Ottawa
11:35a — Hinduism: Amit M. Kinikar – Toronto
11:40a — Christianity: Rev. Felicia Urbanski – Fergus
11:45a — Buddhism: Susan Child - Waterloo
11:50a — Humanism: Doug Thomas - Elmira

11:56a    Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries

— Representative of the University of Waterloo
— Local, Regional, Provincial and National Leaders:

. Mr. Ken Seiling, Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo
. Her Worship Brenda Halloran, Mayor of Waterloo
. Her Worship Karen Farbridge, Mayor of Guelph
. His Worship Mayor Bob Bratina, Mayor of Hamilton
. Catherine Fife, MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo
. Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph
. Jagmeet Singh, MPP for Bramalea—Gore—Malton
. Soo Wong, MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt
. Bob Delaney, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville
. Kyle Seeback, MP for Brampton West
. Stephen Woodworth MP for Kitchener Centre
. Harold Glenn Albrecht, MP for Kitchener—Conestoga
. Peter Braid, MP for Kitchener—Waterloo
. Chief Matt Torigian, Chief of Police, Region of Waterloo

12:18p    Proclamation on behalf of all delegates of WRC

for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on her Diamond Jubilee Celebration

12:20p    Banquet LUNCH and SOCIAL Break

Theme Session "Idea of an Ideal Government" * - 1:20p — 4:45p

Seven World Faith representatives and a Humanists philosopher (Representing Atheists and Agnostics) will present his/her view of their respective faith on the theme "Idea of an Ideal Government" (15 minutes each). Each speech will be followed by a spiritual presentation of a poem or hymn reinforcing the concept presented by the respective faiths religious group (5 minutes).

1:20p    Introduction to Theme Session — Event Moderator -Indira Naidoo-Harris

1:24p    Aboriginal Spiritual Perspective — Lois MacDonald – Guelph
1:39p    Aboriginal Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Aboriginal Community of KW

1:45p    Jewish Perspective — Dr. Karen Mock - Toronto
2:00p    Judaic Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Local Jewish Community

2:06p    Islamic Perspective — Mubarak A. Nazir - Toronto
2:21p    Islamic Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Ahmadiyya Muslim Childrens

2:27p    Sikh Perspective — Rupinder Kaur - Ottawa
2:42p    Sikh Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Sikh Student's Association, UW

2:48p    Hindu Perspective — Amit M. Kinikar – Toronto
3:03p    Hindu Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Local Hindu Community

3:09p    Refreshments & Social Break

3:40p    Announcing Rules of Upcoming Q/A period - Moderator

3:43p    Christian Perspective — Rev. Felicia Urbanski – Fergus
3:58p    Christian Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Local Christian Community

4:04p    Buddhist Perspective — Susan Child - Waterloo
4:19p    Buddhist Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Local Buddhist Community

4:25p    Humanist Perspective — Doug Thomas - Elmira
4:40p    Secular Poem or Song — Society of Ontario FreeThinkers

Concluding & Interactive Session : 4:46p — 5:45p

4:46p    Recognition of Speakers and Volunteers

— Vote of Thanks — M. Amir Sheikh
Regional President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at

4:52p    Open Questions Session with Speakers of the event

5:40p    Closing Remarks — Event Moderator, Indira Naidoo-Harris

5:43p    Silent Prayers — Multi Faith

5:45p    DINNER and SOCIAL

(* The order of speakers presenting various religious perspectives was determined via random draw at the last conference held on October 1, 2011)

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