Speakers – 11th WRC Victoria

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Deborah AnisworthBaha`i Perspective
Mrs. Deborah Anisworth

Deborah Ainsworth has been a member of the Baha’i community for over 30 years. She has served for many years on elected local governing bodies, known as Local Spiritual Assemblies, primarily in Central Saanich. Over the years, she also has been appointed to several Baha’i committees serving the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands, concerned with promoting spiritual and social progress. Deborah recently retired from a lengthy public service career where she held several executive director positions. She is married and has two adult children and a son-in-law. She strives daily to promote unity in diversity and cultivate hope for the future of humanity.

Anneli DrissenDr. Anneli Driesen
Representing Metaphysical

Anneli has been at the forefront of personal and corporate change for over thirty years. Since 1978 she has been a successful clinical therapist, mentor and master certified coach (MCC) to CEOs and other C-level executives, and served clients in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe. Her book Spiritually-Based Leadership is a unique guide to assist individuals in accelerating personal and career performance by integrating divine principals as well as universal ethics rooted within most religious and spiritual traditions. Her most recent interest has been in exploring “Spiritual Intelligence” through a well-researched self-assessment tool, the SQ21 Model. Its 21 identified behavioral skills, which can be learned, are a superb fit with the goals of the Metaphysical Academy’s curriculum program, which “…is grounded in universal knowledge with practical hands-on application to meet everyday challenges and for fostering consciousness expansion and personal responsibility.”

Evelyn Thompson SmithChristian Perspective
Evelyn Thompson-Smith

Evelyn Thompson-Smith shares five adult children and three grandchildren with her husband of 32 years, Nansen Smith. She has a bachelors degree in economics, a masters in business administration, a masters in Law(LLM) and additional credentials in health care design (EDAC) as well as a postgraduate credential in Leadership(CHL). Raised in a believing home she served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Atlantic Canada and has been happy to serve in the churches’ youth, children and women’s programs as well as in family history research and is currently serving as the Director for LDS Public Affairs for the Nanaimo Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Faith in Jesus Christ informs her passion for community. She believes it is the strength of faith filled people from every religion, working together that can heal our culture. Evelyn enjoys knitting opportunities and choices for the under employed and those in need of education and employment. She has worked in adult education, health quality, patient satisfaction, physician recruitment and most recently capital planning; these roles have helped her fill her personal goals to serve and be useful

Dr. Suresh BasrurDr. Suresh Basrur
Hindu Faith Perspective

Dr. Suresh Basrur is a retired engineering executive. He devotes considerable time to the study of Hinduism. He has written articles and delivered talks on Hinduism, its philosophy, spirituality, and practices. He is a regular contributor to the Times Colonist blog “Spiritually Speaking” based on extensive travel in India, he has made presentations on temples of India, and how different religions co-exist in India. He participates in and promotes inter-faith and multi-cultural activities in Victoria. He volunteers time organizing fund-raisers for local charities (e.g. food banks, Santas Anonymous) and international charities (e.g. Child Haven International, Care Foundation) for under-privileged children.

Tariq AzeemMaulana Tariq Azeem
Islam Perspective

Tariq Azeem graduated from Ahmadiyya Islamic University in Toronto in 2013. His study was on Theology and Religious.He served as an Imam in Liberia (Africa) for a period six months. He served as a missionary from May 2014 to April 2017 in Lloydminster appointed by the Worldwide Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He is married and currently serving missionary incharge of British Columbia.

Gurdeep SinghSikh Faith Perspective
Gurdeep Singh

Gurdeep Singh comes from a diversified background. He was born in Kenya and then moved to London in an early age where he received his religious schooling while being associated with the Temple and Many Sages. He has been a prominent part of the Sikh community and has also been religiously and politically active in London before moving to Victoria 9 years ago. Gurdeep has travelled well to 5 continents and his experiences allowed him to be open minded and a free thinker.