Consecration of New Premises for the Sathya Sai School – Scarborough, Canada

On 15th June 2013, about 500 Sathya Sai devotees in the Greater Toronto area held a consecration ceremony for the Sathya Sai School at its new premises at 451 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough. The school is an independent non-profit school, governed by the Sathya Sai Education Trust of Canada. The property was purchased in January 2013, and the school will move to its new location by September 2014. The consecration ceremony brought together religious leaders from Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity in a multi-faith ceremony, as well as local, regional and national elected government officials.

The ceremony began at 9:00 AM, with groups of SSE children led by multi-faith representatives dressed in traditional religious garb and carrying banners for each of the five human values: truth, right conduct, love, peace and nonviolence. Following the welcome speech by Dr. Thayananthan Thayaparan, Chairman, SSIO Canada, the multi-faith representatives spoke about the teachings of their sacred scriptures and offered prayers from their respective religions. City Councillor Raymond Cho presented the principal of the Sathya Sai School with a certificate on behalf of the Toronto City Council and Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River, commemorating the consecration ceremony and spoke about the excellent and ongoing cooperation between the SSIO Canada, the City of Toronto, and the community.