Speaking at the National Conference on “Transforming Communities through Love and Service” hosted by the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO Canada), Toronto Mayor John Tory lauded the work being done by the Sai Vounteers in the GTA in promoting Values and Character Education. He congratulated the Sathya Sai School of Canada for regularly finishing # 1 amongst all Ontario Schools tested by EQAO exams and it is a testament that focus on good values in the curriculum moulds brighter students. It was Sathya Sai Baba’s will to start the Sathya Sai School in Toronto in the year 2000 and after operating for 16 years in leased premises, the School is now moving into its new campus with 30,000 sq. ft. of a state-of-the-art building at 451 Ellesmere Road, Toronto. It is designed as a green building with low carbon footprint.
Mayor Tory also appreciated another Sai initiative, the “PARENTING” programs conducted by the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education (CISSE). This program enhances parenting skills with love and thereby helps to raise the children better and strengthen the families. “Good families will make a better City and a better Nation” added the Mayor.
He further stated, “Toronto is the most diverse City in the World and let us celebrate the Conference theme ‘Love All, Serve All’ – regardless of some of the problems we have in our City, we have done a better job living with diversity and harmony. We embrace and celebrate people of diversity”. The Mayor was also proud that the Toronto City Council supports every year the “Walk for Values” conducted by SSIO Canada at the Nathan Philips Square. This event has now spread to 8 Cities in Canada and over 30 Cities around the World promoting Values and build Communities of Character.