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SGI Canada Newsletter, No.2 - June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

SGI Canada Newsletter

Vol 1, Issue No. 2

June 5, 2020

 

Welcome to the second issue of the SGI Canada Newsletter, a regular summary of news, upcoming events and encouragement. The SGI Canada Newsletter replaces the previous SGI Canada Online News. All subscribers will automatically receive the SGI Canada Newsletter from now on. If you are not subscribing, you may do so by clicking on the button below. Subscriptions are free of charge and the SGI Canada Newsletter will be emailed directly to subscribers. 

News

SGI Canada makes donation to COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund

SGI Canada has made a $5000 donation to the United Way Centraide COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. The charity was chosen in consultation with SGI Canada members who are health care professionals. United Way Centraide has identified three areas where it can intervene most effectively during the pandemic: basic needs, capacity for community services, and help for seniors. SGI Canada is proud to be able to support the work of United Way Centraide during the current crisis. 

Upcoming Events

First Nationwide Young Lions Group General Meeting

On Sunday, June 28, at 11:00 am (everyone’s at-home time), we will have the Young Lions Group General Meeting across Canada. It is a family meeting, not an online meeting, carried out by each family with parents and their children in their homes. We will be providing materials for the meeting, including: 

All materials will be on a special website (link will be sent at a later date), so the families can click on it and have their meeting. 

The invitation to the meeting will be emailed to the Men’s and Women’s district leaders, as well as directly to the Young Lion’s Group families, soon. Please forward it to everyone in the district. Since this is an at-home event, we can invite all families, including those never been to our regular Young Lions Group meetings before. 

Sensei says in his book, Soar into the Skies of Hope, “Because of you, your families, the SGI, and all of humanity will go on forever. You each have an incredibly profound and important mission. With my deepest respect, I will continue to chant for you.” (p.157) 

Let’s celebrate our young successors! Let’s earnestly pray for their growth and happiness, together with Sensei!

 

National Young Phoenix Group Meeting on June 21

We are excited to announce that on June 21st at 4:00 PM EST, we will be holding our monthly National Young Phoenix Meeting (for those aged 13-17 years old). The National Young Phoenix meeting will be conducted in English and French, with an inspirational experience, study session and also interactive ice-breaker game. Details regarding the meeting will be sent out shortly. We are looking forward to seeing many Young Phoenix and Youth members at this meeting

 

World Ikeda Kayo-kai Day on June 4

June 4th is World Ikeda Kayo-kai Day! The Ikeda Kayo-kai is a YWG training group established in 2008 by Sensei, who envisioned its members as great leaders of the 21st century. To commemorate this day, the Young Women’s Group will study Sensei’s speech, “Live The Five Eternal Guidelines” in the month of June!! 

As we study the Five Eternal Guidelines for the Young Women’s Group, we will challenge ourselves to live each guideline in our lives!

Message from SGI Canada Women’s Leader Helen Izumi-Choi

Congratulations to our wonderful young women and women of SGI Canada!  This month, we mark several important SGI anniversaries, including the Young Women’s Division World Ikeda Kayo-kai Day on June 4, and Soka Gakkai Women’s Division founding on June 10.

The inaugural meeting of the women’s division with Second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda took place on June 10, 1951. Fifty-two women attended.  Someone arranged for the venue to be decorated with vases of beautiful white lilies on each table.  Responding to this sincerity and effort, President Toda composed a poem: “Our meeting is filled/With the fragrance of white lilies/We are friends with pure faith.” (The Human Revolution, Book 1, pg. 183).

To celebrate this special month, as young women and women, we would like to join together to encourage one another at a special online meeting to read the poem SGI President Ikeda dedicated to Canadian members, “A Rainbow Over Niagara,” which was actually presented to us on Women’s Division Day, June 10, 1987.  Let’s express our heartfelt gratitude to our mentor by studying this poem with renewed determination. Through this event, we will strengthen our beautiful united network of YWG and WG even more, and kick-off toward the great success of the October 11 youth fest.

I’m also excited to inform you that President Ikeda has just written a long essay dedicated to the young women and women of SGI which was published in the Japanese daily Soka Gakkai newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun on June 1. Let’s thoroughly study this essay as well. I am deeply moved by our mentor’s deep understanding, compassionate support, and warm encouragement to the women of SGI.  In response, let’s each stand up with courage, and be the suns of bright hope and inspiration, victorious in winning the triumph of our human revolution.

Helen Izumi-Choi

SGI Canada Women’s Leader

 

COVID-19 Update #6

We are now seeing signs that the first phase of the pandemic may be coming to an end. As the number of new cases continues to drop, governments around the country are looking at lifting some of the restrictions that have been in place. Small gatherings are already being permitted in some provinces. 

However, this is not the time to let down our guard. Public health authorities both in Canada and around the world are warning that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and that there is a possibility of a resurgence of the disease later this year. Under these circumstances, we cannot resume SGI Canada activities until there is no longer a threat of exposing our members, families and friends to the risk of illness.

 

SGI Canada centres will remain closed and normal activities will remain suspended, in order to protect the health of members, friends and family. Though restrictions on gatherings may be eased or removed in some provinces, no in-person SGI Canada activities are to take place anywhere in Canada until further notice. This includes home visits and other contact between individuals, as well as larger meetings. SGI Canada will monitor the situation and review the suspension of activities over the coming weeks and months. 

We realize that this may be disappointing to some, but we ask everyone to be patient and even more determined and resourceful in their efforts for the safety and happiness of everyone in our organization, our families and our communities.

 

An Advisory to Parents Regarding Children and Video Meetings

As we continue to hold SGI Canada activities online, we need to remember that privacy and security should remain important considerations for everyone. We are doing our best to ensure that online meetings are run safely, but there is always the potential for problems to arise.

When video meetings are held, there is always a possibility that images could be recorded by camera, screenshots, or various types of software, and that these images could find their way onto the Internet. SGI Canada has a policy to not show children’s images online in order to prevent them from being misused. That is why children’s images do not appear on our website or social media.

Parents in particular are asked to recognize that there is no absolute way to prevent someone from recording still or video images of their children if they are participating in an online meeting. These images could be saved by another participant and forwarded to others, ultimately opening up the possibility that they might be used inappropriately.

We have had no indications that there is any evident problem at this time. But we would like to be proactive in order to prevent problems from arising. Being aware that the possibility of such problems exists, we encourage parents to think carefully about their children’s participation in online meetings. For example, parents may choose to turn off their video signal while their children are in the meeting. Although one’s own family wouldn’t be seen, the family would still be able to see everyone else. The decision on whether to allow children to be seen during a video meeting ultimately rests with parents, but we recommend exercising caution for the sake of our children’s safety and well-being.

Thank you very much for your understanding. 

We hope you found this newsletter useful. Please email your questions or comments to postmaster@sgicanada.org .