Speakers – Abbotsford Interfaith Symposium

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unnamed (11)Pastor April Yamasaki,
Christianity Perspective

April Yamasaki (pastor@emmanuelmennonite.com) is Emmanuel’s lead pastor. She loves the “big picture” of focusing the church on following Jesus, being community-minded, and having a global perspective. She is a catalyst and encourager to engage people in using their gifts, and enjoys expressing her love of Scripture and creativity in worship and preaching. Beyond her pastoral work, she blogs on practical spirituality and has three recently published books (Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal, my Sacred Pauses Daybook 2015Ordinary Time with Jesus). She is married to Gary, who teaches at Columbia Bible College.


unnamed (12)Mrs. Rukmini Prameya,
Hindu Faith Perspective

Rukmini Prameya is a trustee and teacher at Shree Mahalakshmi Temple.  Since the Temple’s inception 26 years ago, she has played a key role in the management and execution of events for the organization. She conducts Sunday classes for children where she teaches the foundations of Hinduism and trains students in the chanting of sacred scriptures and hymns.

By profession, she has been a researcher in the department of Pathology at the University of British Columbia.

She has been a member of several multi-faith organizations and also served on the board of the Diversity Liason Committee at the Canadian Blood Services.


unnamed (14)Dr.Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal,
Sikh Faith Perspective
Dr. Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal was born in Punjab, India 1972.   He studied high school and later master degree  in punjab, India.. Gurvinder received Ph.d degree in punjabi uni partially in 2013. He started journalism from india newspaper ajit, doordarshan and radio station jalandhar, India.
Gurvinder migrated to Canada in 1999 and joined radio Punjab same year. He was host of shere punjab , awaze punjab. He is married with Daljit kaur Dhaliwal and has four children. Currently working as a journalist with Radio Wave 1600am station and realtor in Lower Fraser Valley. He is very found of interfaith dialogue and active member of sikh temple.

unnamed (13)Maulana Khalil Ahmad Mobashir,
Islam Perspective

Khalil Ahmad Mobashir graduated as a missionary from Institute of Islamic Studies, Rabwah, Pakistan in 1970. He served as a religious minister in Pakistan for two years an served the community In 1973, he was stationed in Sierra Leon, West Africa, where he continued spreading the message of peace and served the local community diligently.  In recognition of his excellent efforts to promote peace and harmony, Khalil was later appointed as the National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sierra Leon. Along with his duties as National President, he was deeply involved in philanthropic activities and had many accomplishments such as inaugurating several schools,  hospitals and dispensaries in some of the poorest regions of Sierra Leon. In 1999, Mr. Khalil Mobashir came to Edmonton, Alberta and served as missionary until 2007.  Since then, he has been serving in British Columbia as missionary in charge of the largest Mosque in British Columbia and also serves as chaplain of Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC.  Having worked extensively in research, community building and philanthropy in 3 continents of the world for over 46 years, Mr. Mobashir adds great value to building bridges across communities and in promoting the message of peace.