Intercultural Ramadan Friendship Dinner

On June 1, 2018, Metropolitan United Church and IDI GTA kindly invite you to a complimentary Ramadan Iftar (breaking-of-the-fast) Dinner. 

Theme: Empathy and Social Cohesion: Values, Relationships and Practice in a Changing World

Speaker: Mary Gordon, Founder/President, Roots of Empathy

Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Location: Devi Mandir, 2590 Brock Road, Pickering, ON L1V 2P8

Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. In 1996 she created the Roots of Empathy program in Ontario. Her not for profit organization of the same name, offers programs in every province of Canada, New Zealand, the USA, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Germany and Switzerland. In 2005, Ms. Gordon created the Seeds of Empathy program for 3 to 5 year olds in child care. She is a Member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Newfoundland and is Canada’s first Ashoka Fellow.

Ms. Gordon is also the founder of Canada's first and largest school-based Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, which she initiated in 1981. They have become public policy in Ontario and have been used as a best practice model internationally. Ms. Gordon speaks and consults to governments, educational organizations, and public institutions. The Nelson Mandela Children's Foundation brought Ms. Gordon to South Africa to share her parenting expertise. Ms. Gordon has also consulted with and presented to the World Health Organization, the Skoll World Forum, and the United Nations, among others.

* Program includes tour of the Devi Mandir Temple, presentations and performances. Dinner will be served at sunset.

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