Saturday, May 17, 2008

Inaguration of Jain Jagruti Centre in Toronto

The first international Jain Jagruti Centre (JJC) was inaugurated in Toronto by Shri Jitendra Kothari, Chairman - JJC Central board India, on last Sunday, May 11th ’08. Shri Ramesh Morabia, Vice Chairman and Shri Jayantilal Chhadva, Development Secretary, JJC central board India were special guests to commemorate the ceremony. Shri J D Shah, president Jain Society of Toronto (JSOT) and board of trustees Dr Bharat Shah, Shri Gyanchand Jain & Smt. Smita Vora were among others who were present at the inaugural ceremony held at Jain Temple, Etobicoke. Many Jain families from all parts of GTA joined to celebrate the gracious event.

The first ever JJC was established in Mumbai in the year 1975 with few hundred members. Today with total membership base in excess of 60,000 and 122 Centres spread all over India; JJC Toronto is the 123rd Centre in the world.

The President of JJC Toronto Mr. Nilesh Parikh addressed in his speech “The main objective of JJC is to create bonds, sense of unity, good conduct, religious and educational work through entertainment programs among growing families of Jains. More over objective of the group is to bring all sects of Jain community under one roof so that combined strength of Jains can be utilized for development of fellowship as well as social activities.”

In his inaugural speech, Mr Parikh said that for JJC, The way is long – Let us go together; The way is difficult-Let us help each other; The way is joyful- Let us share it.

Below is the picture of Nilesh Parikh, president of JJC Toronto receiving charter from Jitendra Kothari & Ramesh Morabia alongwith committee members

From left: Nijay Shah, Hitesh Shah, Sandip Dagli, Jayantilal Chhadva, Ramesh Morabia, Nilesh Parikh, Jitendra Kothari, Kalpesh Savla, Nailesh Vora & Manoj Sheth

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