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The conference took place at the Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC), a state of the art conference facility where practitioners meet to deepen their understanding of Buddhism and renew their vow to dedicate their life in working toward a peaceful world. There were 201 youth representatives in attendance from across the United States, New Zealand, Saint Martin and Canada.
SGI Canada practitioners in Vancouver were thankful for having received SGI President Ikeda’s warm and encouraging New Year’s message for our annual Western Region Lunar New Year Gongyo Meeting.
Calgary started 2017 on a cold note with frigid temperatures. However, the weather had completely shifted for Harmony District Chinese New Year's meeting on January 15. Harmony district practitioners and guests excitedly gathered at the SGI Canada Calgary Culture Centre to pre-celebrate the Year of the Rooster.
On February 4, two Calgary Chinese language districts, Fortune and Victory, held a joint meeting to usher in the Year of the Golden Rooster. The meeting began with energetic chanting, followed by the reading of President Ikeda’s message and the New Year’s Gosho.
On January 1, SGI Canada celebrated 2017, “Year of Developing Youth in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu,” in high spirits. These New Year meetings were held from Vancouver Island to the Atlantic coast. Although in some places the meetings were cancelled due to inclement weather the SGI members remained undaunted in working for kosen-rufu.
Throughout the month of November, districts in the Western Region held their annual district general meetings. Knowing the significance of the next two years as SGI Canada works toward the goal of 10,000 practitioners by November 18, 2018, many practitioners made an extra effort to encourage the youth to participate in the meetings.
Prairie Region celebrated the founding of the Soka Gakkai throughout November with very high attendance at all of the district general meetings. A lot of effort went into preparing good meetings and inviting many guests.
Eastern Region held 19 district general meetings during the month of November including meetings in Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville and as well as six meetings in the Atlantic Area. Over 270 attended these meetings including 65 guests.
Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon, hosted two Prairie Region leaders Paul and Paula Reich in late November. The small group of members in Whitehorse named Galloping Horse was delighted to welcome them. Sincere and joyful exchanges were conducted throughout this invigorating weekend.
Prairie Region leaders, Ian Mattinson and Paula Reich were welcomed to Winnipeg in December. It was a great day as the weather cooperated with our first big snowfall holding back until they were safely home.
On October 20, Edmonton SGI practitioners were invited to the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre in 2006.