Bridg­ing the Gap Foun­da­tion pro­motes

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On Jan­uary 6th and 7th, the Mus­lim com­mu­nity con­verged at SFU Sur­rey for two days for two spec­tac­u­lar events hosted by Bridg­ing Gaps Foun­da­tion. The first day was ti­tled “Key Con­fer­ence 2018 - Mus­lim Youth Speak­ing for Change” where youth was in­vited to speak on var­i­ous is­sues such as Racism within Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, Masjid Youth: At­ten­dance and In­volve­ment, Un­der­stand­ing Mod­er­a­tion in Is­lam, Be­ing fully Cana­dian Mus­lims and Rec­on­cil­ing God’s Jus­tice and Evil. Youth from ages 14 and up spoke con­fi­dently and Aa­panel of qual­i­fied and well-re­puted judges pro­vided their con­struc­tive feed­back and dis­trib­uted prizes ac­cord­ingly. These judges were Sheikh Moutasem Al Hameedy (Founder at Rashidoon.com and Imam at Abu Hu­raira Cen­ter - On­tario) and Sis­ter Hafsa Dean Thomp­son (Reg­is­tered Coun­selor, Pub­lic Speaker, and Ed­u­ca­tor - Van­cou­ver). Both judges also dis­cussed these top­ics with au­di­ence. The sec­ond day, “Right­eous Lead­er­ship”, was a work­shop de­signed to equip lead­ers with the knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary to achieve a higher level of in­flu­ence. Par­ents, Mus­lim vol­un­teers, Imam and Masjid board mem­bers were in­vited to en­joy the tremen­dous ad­van­tages of a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the work­ings of the self and the soul and how they shape the type and level of in­flu­ence lead­ers are able to achieve. This event was also a chance for Mus­lim or­ga­ni­za­tions, vol­un­teers, com­mu­nity lead­ers and gen­eral mem­bers of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity in Van­cou­ver to net­work with each other and es­tab­lish strong re­la­tion­ship amongst each other. The events were well-re­ceived by the at­ten­dees and ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions. It was a great step for the foun­da­tion to­wards reach­ing its goal to es­tab­lish a strong col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween mul­ti­ple mosques, or­ga­ni­za­tions and mus­lim stu­dent clubs in and around Van­cou­ver.

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