International Women’s Day is Here!!

Dear Members of Women’s Federation for World Peace, Ambassadors for Peace and Friends, WFWP, Toronto Chapter cordially invites you to its 10th.annual IWD Luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, March 12th.2016

Seats are limited; please confirm your participation by March 7th.

Hope to see you there!

Lilly Tadin, President WFWP, Canada
Vice President, WFWP, North America
215 Mavety St. Toronto, ON
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WFWP/UPF Joint Conference: Educating for Peace Series

imagePEACE, ORDER AND GOOD GOVERNMENT II
The Quest for True Canadian Values

OTTAWA, CANADA – NOVEMBER 13 & 14, 2015
Franco Famularo – Secretary-General, Canada
As a follow up to the 2014 annual joint UPF & WFWP conference with the same overall theme, the following issues were addressed:
• “A Canadian Youth Peace Service. Why & How?”
• “Challenges of Policing in the 21st Century”
• “Could an Interreligious Council at the UN oversee Jerusalem as an International City.”

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The conference consisted of three panels comprised of a moderator and experts in each area. Not only were the issues addressed within a Canadian context, but also in the broader context of how Canada can serve the world in each of the above areas.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Moonshik Kim, Chair of the Universal Peace Federation in Canada, emphasized that given current tensions in our world, issues raised by the conference theme are indeed urgent.
Co-MCs for the conference were Robert Duffy and Eveline Stewart, both veterans of peace efforts on several continents.
After introductions to the Universal Peace Federation by Franco Famularo and to the Women’s Federation for World Peace by Mrs. Lilly Tadin, a video presentation featured the world-wide efforts of both organizations.
The first panel moderated by Dr. Peter Stockdale on “A Canadian Youth Peace Service. Why & How?” featured Ms. Lina Tuzet, currently a social worker, who has actively participated in service projects in Vanuatu and in Paraguay during the past three years. She was followed by Baraa Arar, a high school student, strongly engaged in youth activities in the Muslim community of Ottawa. Both impressed the audience with their articulate presentations.
Andrew Cardozo of the Pearson Institute offered a view from a public policy perspective and the need for strengthening peace oriented youth activities. Desire Kilowla, program officer for International Development- Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provided the view as a Congolese living in Canada and his efforts to effect change in the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond.

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During the 2nd panel on the “Challenges of Policing in the 21st century” a contrast of speakers addressed the topic.

The moderator, Dr. Michael Balcomb, a US citizen and President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, USA shared an array of recent statistics on the state of affairs in the USA which, in his view, provided for a far worse situation with regards to relations between police and citizens than most countries – especially Canada.

Retired Chief of Police for York Region, Armand La Barge, provided a glimpse into the history of policing in Canada and the world. Providing hard numbers on the state of police resources (both human and material) in Canada was an eye-opener for many of the participants. (see attached presentation)

La Barge was followed by Ms. Gabrielle Fayant, an Indigineous Activist, who shared about the pain and suffering in her community due to continuing tension and misunderstanding with police and folks in authority.

Daniel Stringer then added his comments as one involved in community building as chair of the National Capital Peace Council in Ottawa. He was followed by Dr. Vern Redekop, a specialist in conflict studies at St. Paul University and author of “From Violence to Blessing” who related how he emerged from a small Mennonite Community in Saskatchewan to facing domestic and global policing issues.

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After a musical interlude provided by Classical Violinist, Ralitsa Tcholakova, the luncheon speech was given by veteran Ambassador for Peace, Rev. Darryl Gray, who currently serves as Special Assistant to the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), spoke about the vision of the founders of UPF and WFWP. He urged each one present to emerge from the shadows with their message of goodness. Rev. Gray shared that even though a lot has happened since Martin Luther King Jr. founded the SCLC in the United States, recent violence due to racial tensions in the USA demonstrates there is still a lot of work to do.

The afternoon program included the appointment of four new Ambassadors for Peace, a final panel on the need for an Interreligious Council at the United Nations. Moderator Father Jacques Kabangu introduced the session which posed the hypothetical question: “Could an Interreligious Council oversee Jerusalem as an International City.”

Ricardo de Sena, UPF North American Secretary General led the session with a presentation on a proposal for such a council at the UN as proposed by the late Rev. Moon in August, 2000. He was followed by international human rights consultant and educator, Dr. Karen Mock who approached the question from the viewpoint of one with a Jewish Heritage. She was followed by Mrs. Alexa Ward, deputy director of the UN Office of the Women’s Federation for World Peace. A Muslim view was provided by Ms. Shaheen Junaid Ashraf, a representative of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. The concluding on this session were provided by Mr. Michael McIntyre, past president of the Capital Region Interfaith Council in Ottawa.

Each of the three sessions was followed by a lively Question and Answer session.

To conclude the conference, the Honourable Anita Vandenbeld, recently elected to the Federal Parliament of Canada, explained “How Women of the World Empowered her to Become a Member of Parliament.”image

On November 14, with most everyone’s thoughts on the tragic events of the previous day in Paris, France, a Seminar was held on the topic “Exploring the Peace Philosophy of the Founders of UPF and WFWP”. Speakers included Dr. Michael Balcomb, Rev. Darryl Gray, Mrs. Alexa Ward and Mr. Alan Wilding.

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With thanks to all organizers, participants and those who helped make the 2 day conference and seminar a success.

WFWP/UPF Joint Conference: Visions of the Future World

LOCATION: Father Madden Hall, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, On M5S1J4

DATE: Saturday, July 25, 2015

TIME: 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM

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Panel 1.  In search of absolute values

Panel 2.  Evaluation of the focus of education

Panel 3.  A world without borders

 Hosted by the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and the Unification Peace Federation (UPF), the conference was a successful event that surfaced many important and challenging issues facing modern societies and nations.

On behalf of the attendees, we applaud the WFWP/UPF for choosing such timely topics that have an influence on all of our lives. The well-informed speakers (please request a copy of the program) who delivered much ‘food for thought’, sparked a dialogue that should be a beginning rather than a conclusion to such a meaningful event.

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Panel 1.  In search of absolute values

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Earl Smith Andrea Moore, Rev. Wendel Gibbs Rev. Mitch Dixon

In a world of conflicting values, fostered by different races, cultures and creeds, the speakers delivered from his or her religious perspective, experiential knowledge and worldview. An interesting observation was the decorum and politeness exhibited by the panelists and the audience despite the challenge to embrace viewpoints from different religious platforms. Ultimately, the consensus of human values did spring from a common religious perspective that underpin religion as opposed to distinct belief systems.

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Panel 2.  Evaluation of the focus of education

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 Mr. Errol Gibbs , Tahira Quamar and Christina Tadin

This topic spoke to the education system as one that focuses on Academic Information Literacy (AIL) which fosters careers, and materially driven lifestyles, at the expense of the broader goals of education. The topic led to a spirited discussion as the attendees inquired about the role of parents in a system dictated by educational policy makers facing challenges by a diverse community with competing worldviews. The question of home schooling arose as an alternative for some parents, but there is no universally accepted standard for home schooling parents.

The discussion shed light on great expenditures in lifestyle illnesses, the justice system, and military despite great expenditures in education. These in-depth discussions showed that there was a need for an evaluation of the focus of education, but how can the public influence the policy makers policy makers pose a dilemma for the attendees.

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Panel 3.  A world without borders

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This was a rather interesting topic, given the major challenges of managing and controlling legal and illegal immigrants, with new challenges such as refugees of famines, natural disaster refugees, and refuges of wars and genocide. The concept seemed impracticable, since all nations need to manage and control peoples within and outside their borders for planning national programs.

Some of the discussions took a turn toward the opening of commercial borders for moving goods and services more effectively between nations, which was feasible as a mutual benefit for the nations involved. Cited, as a downside was that the more powerful nations would maintain an advantage in negotiations from a position of mass production capacity, and their dollar value. The subject was well-worth discussing.

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 Keynote address “The Nation and World of Peace Sought by God and Humanity delivered by Lilly Tadin

In summary, the conference was a worthwhile proposition for all of us to contemplate the three important topics. Everyone shared afterthoughts of the conference that will resonate within us for a long time. As the seminar backgrounder ‘Visions of the future world’ states, it was a glimpse into the future by shaping our reality of what we want the future world to become with the welfare of all people in mind.

Written by Mr. Errol Gibbs and Lilly Tadin

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9th Annual Poetry Reading- WFWP Toronto

On Sunday, July 19th, 2015, WFWP and Bridging the Gap Productions collaborated to present the 9th annual International Poetry Reading.
Under the continuous theme” Crossing Boundaries, Connecting Hearts”, poets from different poetry clubs, communities and cities, gathered on Sunday afternoon to share their newly published poems. Topics on love, peace, relationships, economy, ecology and so on were read by each poet.
The President of WFWP, Canada, Lilly Tadin welcomed all the participants and expressed her apprecition for their excellent work and continued collaboration with WFWP.
This year several young poets were warmly welcomed by the already established poets and all the participating guests. With much enthusiasm and excitement, they read their very first poems. Besides the regular poetry reading, the audience was showered with a most intriguing “slam” poetry reader, Alex Wichert, an activist for homeless youth.
James Quinn, an author, poet and musician entertained the participants with his collection of poems and narratives through a unique presentation of songs played on a guitar.
Llloyd Howell, an author of several books came from Long Island, NY to present his latest published book ” Remembering Father “. The book was written about the life of Reverand Moon and Lloyd’s personal experiences with him.
The whole program was lead by Zohra Zoberi from “Bridging the Gap Productions” and Eveline Stewart from WFWP, Canada, Hamilton chapter.
With encouraging words we continue to work together for our next get together, which will be a major mile stone; our 10th international gala event poetry reading .
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International Women’s Day Celebration

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About 60 men and women gathered in the Downtown Courtyard Marriot Hotel in Toronto on March 21, 2015 to celebrate International Women’s Day.  It was the 9th Annual International Women’s Day event hosted by WFWP-Toronto.   With the topic: Young Women and Leadership: Education, Opportunities and Obstacles, the speakers covered topics based on being a women and the obstacles they had to face to reach where they were today.  In addition to the main speakers, the Honorable Jean Augustine, former MP, gave her congratulations to the event, an Author, Marnie Kay, spoke on the power of believing in yourself, and poetess Nakita Portelance shared a moving poem entitled “Time”

 

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WFWP International Conference-London

From 7-10 October 2013 WFWP International held it’s annual conference in the beautiful city of London! Mrs. Lilly Tadin represented Canada at the event. The title of the convention promoted by the Global Women’s Peace Network was “Finding the vision and the way forward to transform ourselves, protect our families and build a culture of peace”. About 150 women were gathered from all around the world discovering their potentiality, promoting the empowerment of women and the central role of the family. Participants from Asia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, Middle East, Russia, Hong Kong, Moldova, Australia, South America and the USA were all in attendance. There were moments for discussions, reports, questions, reflections and strategic plans. The participants talked, sang and laughed together and also shared ideas, breaking down barriers of culture and religion, all unite for a world of peace. On 9 Oct 2013 the WFWP International Conference continued in London in the Houses of Parliament, in the House of Commons. The session 1 was “Women’s Empowerment and Networking to bring Innovative Strategies for Peace and Human Development”. We received a warm welcome to the House of Commons by our host, Mr. Virendra Sharma MP, Member of the UK Parliament. In the second session the topic was “Prevention, Protection and Provision for women and families against all forms of Violence”. The last day was used as moment for an interactive discussion towards defining a global plan. A big thank you to WFWP UK and WFWP Europe for the organization, we received warms hug from all of you!
Here is the event in pictures:

Welcoming a New City Chapter – Ottawa

“The problems that humanity faces today can only be resolved through the ideals of true love centering on God, and one family under God.” – Hak Ja Han Moon, July 18, 2012
WFWP Canada would like to officially welcome the Ottawa Chapter and congratulate them on their openning ceremonies held at the Bronson Centre on March 21, 2013 in Ottawa.
The program was organized by Blandine Stringer with the help from members of the Ottawa community and WFWP Ottawa chapter members.
The program’s MC, Angelique Amengavi
Mrs. Lilly Tadin, WFWP Canada President, WFWPI vice-president, was the guest speaker for the evening.  She encouraged women of the community to work together to build up the Women’s Federation Foundation.  She continued to stress the fact that Women’s Federation was founded on the premise that women need to take the lead with maternal and mature love that draws on important elements such as empathy, reconciliation, intuition, tenacity, inclusion and sacrifice.  Women have the ability to build a world of peace based on one united human family. She commended, both the women and men present for their efforts to initiate a new chapter for Women’s Federation in the capital city of Canada stressing that to be people of influence, we need to think and act as owners…not as visitors and spectators. She concluded saying that seeds are being sown for a prosperous future.
Anna Baksheeva performed several selections for the Event

Montreal Rwandan Fundraiser

The National WFWP community would like to wish the Montreal Chapter of Women’s Federation much success on their upcoming program on Saturday.  The Montreal Chapter will be hosting their second annual Schools in Africa/ Rwanda fundraising dinner.  We would like to send our fellow sisters our support, prayers for a successful event, and our thanks for all their effort and time that they have put in to the many months of planning.  In addition, we appreciate the support and friendship from the Rwanda community. Good Luck Montreal! May you have a wonderful event!