The breathtakingly beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, is home to more than 200 members of the Dawoodi Bohra community. Some of these members have lived in Vancouver for more than 45 years.
“While many of us come from different backgrounds, religions, and even native countries, we stand together today as Canadians, united in accepting this nation as our own, and celebrating our Nation as one.”
Mr. Doug McCallum, Mayor – City of Surrey, BC, Canada,
On the occasion of Canada Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony (July 1st, 2020) by Dawoodi Bohras of Canada
Community members congregate in a community centre located in the township of Surrey, BC, where members gather for all kinds of activities. The centre caters to religious events, daily prayers and faith based learning for children and adults alike. It is also a venue for community outreach and the location of the community’s FMB kitchen which provides daily cooked meals to all members of the community and coordinates donations to other charities.
The @Dawoodi_Bohras believe in caring for the environment. A team of 22 volunteers from #Vancouver recently partnered with @MissionMESS to collect over 440 lbs of trash from local roadsides as part of the Bohras' global @ProjectRiseDB initiative. pic.twitter.com/wGHGM6NmG1
— The Dawoodi Bohras of Canada 🇨🇦 (@Bohras_Canada) November 3, 2020
Street Clean-up in Mission, BC – 2020
In 2020, the Dawoodi Bohra community of Greater Vancouver twice organized street clean-up activities in Mission – on March 1st, and then again on October 25th – in collaboration with the Mission Environmental Stewardship Society led by Michele Chapman. 22 to 26 Dawoodi Bohra community volunteers participated in both events, collecting approximately 1000 lbs of paper, plastic, and scrap steel trash to help maintain the picturesque beauty of areas around Lane Creek, Harbour Avenue, and Glasgow Avenue close to Downtown Mission.
The Dawoodi Bohras of Greater Vancouver are inspired by Project Rise, a global initiative by Dawoodi Bohras around the world to strive towards overall upliftment of humanity and the preservation of our planet.
Food Distribution Drive
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which in 2020 occurred during the months of April-May, volunteers from the Dawoodi Bohra community of Greater Vancouver partnered with Saba Foods, a Yemeni restaurant in Surrey to provide 26 servings of hot meals to the needy.
In addition, 30-40 kgs of grocery items were also distributed to each of the 72 families within the Bohra community.
On a twice-weekly basis, hot meals are regularly distributed by Dawoodi Bohra volunteers under the umbrella of Faizul-Mawaid-Burhaniyah, a global philanthropic initiative set up under the guidance and direction of His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.
Canada Day 2020 Celebration
Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Greater Vancouver joined their brethren from Toronto, Mississauga, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Montreal in a virtual setting, in a socially distanced arrangement, to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st.
Doug McCallum – Mayor of Surrey, and Jagmeet Singh – leader of the Federal NDP, sent in their greetings and well-wishes to the Dawoodi Bohra community. This was yet another demonstration of the Dawoodi Bohras’ commitment towards loyalty and pride for their adopted homeland.