Wing: Young Adults
The young adults of the Sathya Sai Centre of St-Hubert volunteered in the City of Vaudreuil (adjacent to Montreal) as it was the hardest hit. The young adults filled hundreds of sandbags and build walls around homes to prevent and delay water infiltration.
Over a hundred Sai Young Adults from Eastern Canada gathered at the Sathya Sai School in Toronto to take part in the Pre-Canadian Sai Young Adults Festival. The half-day event was held in order to provide young adults from Eastern Canada with a taste of what could be expected during the actual upcoming festival event in Val Morin, Quebec.
At the Sathya Sai Baba Community Center in Vancouver, the first “Love Your Heart” Health Day Screening and Disease Prevention Event was organized. This event was a collaborative approach with the involvement of both Sai Young Adults and physicians in the planning and implementation process.
Across the country, programs to observe Sathya Sai Baba’s Aradhana Mahotsavam were held, spanning from Montreal in the east to Vancouver in the west. April 24 and the weeks preceding this important event has become a time of personal reflection for SSIO members on the nature of their relationship to Sathya Sai Baba.
SSIO Canada partnered with the nonprofit organization Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to restore a stretch of the Rouge River. The initiative emerged as a national program in 2002 from the aspirations of a group of employees and volunteers in 1994 from the Vancouver Aquarium who took on the ambitious project to clean up their local beach at Stanley Park.
The Sai Young Adults conducted a National Textbook Drive in all regions as a Back to School service for students in need. This service project expanded beyond the young adults and included volunteers from Sathya Sai Centres across the country, with parents and friends bringing in old and gently used books for donation at their local Centre.
Sai Young Adults across the country participated in a National Environmental Day by conducting various activities in service to Mother Nature. The young adults led the activities in all regions, with the support of adults and children.
The Canadian Sai Young Adults campaigned on social media using the hashtags #LoveAllAnimals and #ServeThePlanet to spread their love for all animals across their social networks. More than 100 young adults in all Regions from coast to coast took part in this initiative. They each shared their favourite quotes, pictures and messages of love and awareness of animal rights reaching thousands of people across their extended social media networks.
Twenty young adults of the Sathya Sai Centre of Toronto-York participated in a build day with Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area’s Birchmount construction site to create a home for a family in desperate need through the Adopt-a-Day program.