By Radhapriya Chawla
On Saturday, November 27th, over 50 leaders from across Canada got together for the annual Canadian leadership conference to present, strategize, and generate ideas for the future. Centers from the West Coast such as Sarangati to the East Coast such as Halifax were represented. The all-day conference, organized by Vrnda Dasi, Canadian Zonal Supervisor, was split into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Because of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s conference was held virtually over Zoom. The conference began with an address from Bhaktimarga Swami, the GBC for Canada, where he welcomed the leaders and read one of his poems, “Reflect”, which set the tone for the rest of the day. “Let us act with the same heart, with the same vision, and make it our art.” His poem honored Srila Prabhupada and highlighted how one should follow the instructions and dedicate one’s service to Srila Prabhupada.
The first session focused on what supports Zone 1 currently has and what those supports are currently doing for the centers. Zone 1 covers all of Canada, Alaska, and a few US States consisting of Minnesota, South and North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. There were nine presentations highlighting what these supports for the North have done in the past year. The first presentation was on book distribution which gave a glimpse into what the centers across Canada achieved in their sankirtan goals. Next, there was a presentation by Govinda’s Toronto which discussed prasadam distribution techniques and inspirational ideas that can be applied to various temples from East to West.
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