Two books linked to Edmonton-founded Daughters Day and Citizens for a Civil Society to be launched at NorQuest College on June 18, 2014.
Edmonton, Alberta – June 02, 2014
The books Together, creating a better world, A handbook for community work to end gender discrimination, by Daughters Day coordinator Jim Gurnett, and Truth, Love, Non-Violence: The Story of Gurcharan Singh Bhatia, about the life of the prominent Edmonton human rights activist and longtime citizenship judge, will be launched in a joint event in the Health and Sciences building (10232-106 St) at NorQuest College on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
The launch will feature readings from both authors as well as comments from Gene Zwozdesky, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Jodi Abbott, CEO of NorQuest College. Judge Bhatia and several of the women who participated in the conversations that are the basis of the handbook will be in attendance.
Copies of both books are available for review and will be sold at the June 18 event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Daughters Day. Truth, Love, Non-Violence is also available online at www.amazon.ca.
More about Together, creating a better world
Funded by the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund of the Government of Alberta and published by the International Association of Citizens for a Civil Society,Together, creating a better world is the result of 15 conversations with women who met in late 2013 and early 2014 to discuss gender discrimination and the ways in which communities can facilitate change.
Says Jim Gurnett in his introduction to the book: “It is not a philosophical treatise on issues of gender discrimination or an encyclopedia of the issues or the measures to address the issues…It is a modest, humble hand tool. It seeks to be practical…It is intended to support building new things, constructing homes, schools, communities, even a world, where gender discrimination no longer treats some women as less than other people…”
More about Truth, Love, Non-Violence
Written by Edmonton journalist and poet Alexis Kienlen, Truth, Love, Non-Violence explores the life of Daughters Day co-founder Gurcharan Singh Bhatia, following him from his youth in a turbulent India during the partition, through to his immigration to Canada and eventual installation in Edmonton where he founded several community groups to assist newcomers, especially those from South Asian countries, in integrating to Canadian society.
“There isn’t a doubt in my mind that his actions have made a difference to residents of Edmonton. His work and many of the organizations he has been involved with have bettered people’s lives,” says Alexis Kienlen.