The city held a press conference with the Hindu Heritage Month committee to announce a celebration of the Hindu Canadian community Nov. 12. Committee co-chairs Frank Scarpitti, Markham Mayor; Nirmala Armstrong, Regional Councillor; and Amar Erry, Committee Co-Chair were on hand to discuss the event showcasing diverse talent and stories of their historical contributions.
November was proclaimed Hindu Heritage Month following the passing of a motion Dec. 12, 2016 by Council as a means of strengthening the city’s commitment to diversity. “It is such an amazing opportunity that here in the City of Markham, we are the first city who have proclaimed November as Hindu Heritage Month, and to see so many people coming out to the first press conference. It’s incredible the support that we get from a multicultural community that the sponsors we have are also not South Asian people. It shows that the community (is) coming together, working in unity because we want to grow our city,” said Armstrong.
(Pictured L to R: Joe Li, Regional Councillor (not visible); Frank Scarpitti, Markham Mayor; Nirmala Armstrong, Regional Councillor; Amar Erry, Committee Co-Chair; Jack Heath, Deputy Mayor; Logan Kanapathi, Ward 7 Councillor; Andy Taylor, CAO with Hindu Heritage Month committee members at official announcement Oct. 24)