Canada: Like previous years, poets and singers came from different parts to celebrate Ek Sham Masihi Fankaron Ke Nam in 2005. This fourth annual gathering was again organized by the South Asian Bible Church on November 14 at 444 Steels (Reformed Church) in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, to encourage Christian artists. Deepa Wagh, a singer of classical songs, originally from India, presented two poems of Stephen Gill. Music was provided by Naeem. Rueben Arthur played on tabla with most singers.
Participants were handed certificates by the Honourable Gurbax Singh Mali to encourage participants. Stephen Gill was sponsored by the Canada Council through The Writers Union. On behalf of South Asian Church, the Honourable Mali presented Stephen Gill with an Award of Recognition for his services as a writer to promote peace and also as human rights activist. The South Asian Bible Church recognized also the honourable Dr.G.S. Melhi for his long and dedicated services with a plaque that was handed by the Senior Pastor of South Asian Church, Rev. Salim Arthur.
Dr. Stephen Gill informed the audience that their chief guest the Honourable Mali is the palpitation of the constituency of Bramlea, Gore and Malton and is also an eye of the human rights situations, particularly in India and Pakistan. He is a unique turband flower in the garden of different flowers of different colours and shapes, and the muscle that opened the portals of the Canadian parliament for South Asians. Now Canada can boast of having several Asian parliamentarians at the provincial and federal levels. This adorable contribution of this great soul will keep his name shining in Canadian history.
In his introduction Stephen Gill added that the honourable Gurbax Singh Mali is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue; a member of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament; an Associate member of the Standing Committee on Public Account; and has been the chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee for the Library of Parliament, and the list can go on.
Dr. Stephen Gill also thanked the South Asian Bible Church, particularly its senior pastor Rev. Salim Arthur, for working year after year to organize this meaningful gathering. His work is not for any medal or award. He asked the audience to offer him the award of love in the form of claps for his selfless services and for setting an example for others.
The attendees were entertained with Indian and Pakistani refreshments