Speakers – Religious Founders Day Abbotsford

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matt murdochBaha’i Perspective
Matthew Murdoch

Matthew Murdoch is active member of Baha’i community of Mission and currently sits on its Assembly. His primary paths of service have been in holding Baha’i children’s classes and deepening classes in Mission and Abbotsford over sevral years. He attended UFV and UBC, but ended up getting his nursing license in 2010 and has been working as a nurse at the Mission Memorial Hospital ever since. His personal studies focus especially on world religious scripture and the relationship between science and religion.  Matthew has been married for 3 years to his wonderful wife Kyla, and new son Rowan.


unnamed (9)Christianity Perspective
Tonya Engen

Mother of 4 children (two married) and one grandchild.  Tonya had a successful career as a general insurance agent for more than 10 years before returning home full-time to rear a family.  Now with mostly grown children she works part-time in her husband’s business as the office manager.  Tonya has held numerous leadership positions in various auxiliaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including President of the Primary and Young Women’s organizations at the ward and stake level of the Church and counsellor in Relief Society presidencies.  Currently Tonya serves with her husband as Co-director, BC Coordinating Council Public Affairs Council for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


PanditHindu Faith Perspective
Pandit Premaya Chaitanya

Pandit Prameya Chaitanya is the founder and Acharya of Shree Mahalakshmi Temple, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.He is a teacher and spiritual guide and has been serving the community for the last 35 years.He received training in Theology and in the study of Yoga meditation and Herbal medicine  at a very young age ,under  renowned masters in the Sivananda ashram,also known as Yoga Vedanta Forest Acadamy in Rishikesh and also under Swami Chinmayanandaji and Swami Dayananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. He has endeared himself to the community with his selfless service ,for which he was recognized by the Canadian government with a commemorative award in 1992.He is also a well known figure in  many Interspiritual organizations.


Speaker-5Islamic Perspective
Imam Balal Khokhar

Balal Khokhar is a graduate of Jāmi’ah al-Ahmadīyyah, “the Ahmadiyya University”, an International Islamic seminary.  He graduated   in 2011 and worked as missionary in Ottawa and South West Africa.   Since 2013 he has been serving the community as a Missionary in British Columbia.  He has a keen interest in comparative religious knowledge, history and Qur’anic sciences. He encourages interfaith dialogue as tool to promote understanding and harmony in communities.


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Sikh Perspective
Tajinder Singh

Tajinder Singh is a student and volunteer at the Guru Nanak Academy, an institution that educates and provides resources for the Sikh youth to connect to their faith.  Tajinder Singh has been studying and learning Sikh scriptures, philosophy and history since 2003.  This education has enabled him to speak about and spread the beautiful teachings of the Sikh Gurus throughout North America.  He has spoken at multi-faith gatherings in the past and is looking forward to continuing his service for the community.