Fr Stanislaus Jebamalai SJ (Sannybhai), National Coordinator of Lok Manch in India, visited Canada in February for a series of engagements and school presentations across the country. Sannybhai talked about his work with Lok Manch, a platform that empowers marginalized people in India to access their legally recognized rights.
His first public forum was held at the CJI office in Toronto last February 4. The focus of his presentation was on collective action and how this has made a difference in the lives of poor and marginalized people.
A highlight of his visit was serving as a resource person at the JUST Change Advocacy Symposium in Ottawa last February 9-11. He also spoke at a Youth for Others – Justice Day event at Campion College in Regina on February 13.
Sannybhai met with key leaders of various organizations such as Donna Naughton of Kateri Ministry, Dana Stefov and Diana Sarosi of Oxfam Canada, Archbishop Donald Bolen in Regina and members of Jesuit communities in Toronto, Ottawa and Regina.
His final engagement was in Vancouver on February 18. CJI, together with St Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia, hosted a public forum on advocacy and the promotion of social justice.
CJI is grateful for Sannybhai’s visit, his inspiring message and his generosity in sharing his experiences and wisdom with Canadians.