For Immediate Release
April 15, 2019
“This past Sunday, I took the time to visit Mississauga’s three Gurdwaras to bring Vaisakhi greetings to those celebrating. During my remarks, I spoke to the members of each Gurdwara about peace and thoughtful reflection during the celebration of Vaisakhi. Let me be clear, I believe in peace and have no desire to interfere in the politics of another country.
As the Mayor of all Mississauga residents, I thought it was important to visit each Gurdwara and extend my best wishes for Vaisakhi. Mississauga is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and the reality is that our work never stops to promote greater tolerance, peace and understanding within our borders and beyond. I have spoken to the Consul General and have expressed my sincerest apologies for any misinterpretation of my presence at the Shiromani Sikh Sangat Dunwin Gurudwara.”
-Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga
For your reference, Mayor Crombie’s remarks from this event were as follows:
- Thank you to the members of Shiromani Sikh Sangat Dunwin Gurudwara for inviting me.
- On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I join with Mississauga’s Sikh community as you celebrate the joyous occasion of Vaisakhi.
The holiest day in the Sikh Calendar, Vaisakhi is a period to remember and reflect on the founding of the Khalsa Sikh community in 1699, which continues to flourish because of the devotion shown by generations of Sikhs who are so committed to their faith
Mississauga is a world-class city home to residents, of different cultural backgrounds and faiths, and our Sikh population is one of our most dynamic, active, and engaged communities, which has enriched all of Mississauga.
- As Sikh families gather to celebrate Vaisakhi, we are given the opportunity to reflect on the valuable contributions that the community has made to the city, and to the country.
Your volunteerism, philanthropy and contributions to the Mississauga community are immense
You open your doors to everyone, regardless of their faith or background – this is the measure of true faith and I commend you for your service
- Seva means service. It’s fitting that service to others is at the heart of all you do
As a city and a region, we also celebrate Vaisakhi during Sikh Heritage Month
- Each year, as part of Sikh Heritage Month, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), in collaboration with the Sikh Foundation of Canada, hosts an entire month of free special events, exhibits, and activities for all Mississaugans to enjoy.
- I encourage all residents to experience the wealth of history, sacred literature, and lasting teachings, which exemplify the Sikh faith.
- Once again, I offer my best wishes for a happy and memorable Vaisakhi
- Vaisakhi diyan vaadiyan!