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Markham pays tribute to ‘champion of inclusion, diversity’

A newly-named atrium at the Aaniin Community Centre pays tribute to a community member and volunteer remembered as a ‘champion and driver of inclusion and diversity’ in Markham.

“He was a man whose pillars were about unity, peace, respect and love,” Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti says of the late Amar Erry, a former president of the Vedic Cultural Centre – Arya Samaj Markham.

The City of Markham unveiled the Amar Erry Atrium in a ceremony on May 11. One of the atrium’s primary features is the amount of light that shines into the space. Erry served on boards and committees such as the Canadian Federation of Intercultural Friendship and Taste of Asia.

The City of Markham describes Erry as a “spiritual, cultural and humanitarian leader and mentor” who will be remembered for his desire to bring people together, regardless of faith or cultural background. “The role he played in interfaith discussions helped foster a spirit of collaboration in Markham through the years,” Scarpitti says. “I will forever hold with the greatest affection the friendship Amar and I shared.”

Photo courtesy of the City of Markham.

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