7th One Love Gala and Awards: Rehab … by Habeeb Alli – Toronto – February 2. 2018

One Love Gala and Awards: Rehab… by Habeeb Alli


Sat, 2 Feb 2019, 6:00 PM – Sun, 3 Feb 2019, 12:00 AM EST

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  • Elite Banquet Halls and Convention Center
  • 1850 Albion Road
  • Toronto, ON M9W 5S8
  • Canada                              View Map

 Hash tag: #Rehab19

Website: https://onelovegala2019.eventbrite.ca/

DETAILS/ TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/7th-one-love-gala-and-awards-rehab-tickets-53474905883



The Gala was founded seven years ago when Chaplaincy in Canada was under serious threat. I was sitting, distraught when I heard Bob Marley’s One Love playing. In that moment the idea crystallized of an event to both celebrate our work with those incarcerated and advocate for the continuation of this crucial service.

The Chaplaincy community embraced the idea and the One Love Gala was born!

The One Love Gala serves as a keystone for the Chaplaincy community to collaborate and go beyond simply advocating for the continuation of the crucial services in Canadian Prisons to one that celebrates Chaplaincy and its ability to rehabilitate incarcerated individuals.

We can only learn to love if we are prepared to forgive and be forgiven.

This year’s theme is the Rehab!

It will be an evening of speeches from chaplains and ex-inmates, award presentations, testimonies from Interfaith Chaplains and political leaders, an exquisite dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Our Keynote address is an award winning Chaplain from USA Tahera Ahmed- this is an event you do not want to miss.

Dress Code: Formal Gala Wear. Color Theme: Red, Black or Gold

Theme: Rehab After party theme: #HAVEFUN!



6:00 pm Doors open and Social Program: 6:45pm to 9pm

MCs of the evening Tushar Unadkat-Master of Ceremony, internationally celebrated, multiple award-winning media personality and Sauliha Alli of U of T President of HOSA

Awards: 5 Award Presentations (Malcolm X, Tayyibah Taylor, Ghulam Sajan, Lyla Ali and Carl Jadunandan awards presented to former inmates who have successfully reintegrated)

Awardees (1-Joey Twins- Cree woman freed after 27 years; 2-Warren Gambino- freed after 11 years; 3- Joseph; 4-Motiar Mohamed; 5-Chaplain Orev Katz)

7:45 pm Dmitri Kavanich – Presentation and Musical Performance – Founder of Looking at the Stars- taking classical music performances in prisons.

8:00 pm Dinner: Indian Halal Buffet

8:30 pm Keynote speaker from USA- Tahera Ahmed- Director of Interfaith Engagement and Associate University Chaplain, Northwestern University.and former RIS speaker who is a graduate in Islamic Theology and first woman to recite Quran in the White House!

9:00 pm to 1:00 am: Entertainment

Live Perfromance – Naqi Bilgrami- Best of Mohamed Rafi

Dj Robtronics- after party all night!

Door prize: Amazing prizes

Silent Auction: Sponsored by Silent Auctions Canada, http://www.silentauctionscanada.com/

Funds raised will go towards the registered Charity called Looking at the Stars Foundation- that provide free classical music inside prisons and hospitals.

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  • guyaneseonline  On 01/11/2019 at 12:54 am

    Media Release -2019-01-07

    7th Annual One Love Gala – Rehab
    Saturday, February 2nd 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Elite Banquet Hall, 1850 Albion Road, Etobicoke, ON

    (Toronto, ON) Former inmates, current chaplains, award-winning leaders and entertainers will be coming together for the 7th year in a row.

    This year’s keynote address will discuss: The indispensable nature of Diversity Chaplains in the Canadian Prisons! The Keynote will be delivered by the Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement at Northwestern University, Tahera Ahmed.

    The Gala was founded seven years ago when Chaplaincy in Canada was under serious threat. The Chaplaincy community collaborated together in order go beyond simply advocating for the continuation of the crucial services in Canadian Prisons, to one that celebrates Chaplaincy and it’s ability to rehabilitate incarcerated individuals.

    In Canada, the criminally convicted and jailed individuals may get a second chance. This is reflective to the teachings of our Faiths. Chaplains do not sit in the jury box nor are in the business of judging even the convicted. We have witnessed that many inmates who were once behind-bars have successfully reintegrated into society. Their stories inspire us all. For many, these transformative years have renewed their faith and given them a chance to forgive. We will celebrate their success on their journey of redemption.

    One Love Gala 2019 Rehab will be held on Saturday, February 2nd 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Elite Banquet Hall, 1850 Albion Road, Etobicoke, ON. The name of the gala was inspired by Bob Marley’s song, One Love!
    A number of inmates and chaplains as well as entertainers are in the line up.
    Charity of choice this year is Looking at the Stars Foundation that take classical music into prisons for free.
    For more information or for interview requests please contact:
    Habeeb Alli or Julianne Martin
    Co-Chair Chaplains and Event Organizers
    Direct: 416-823-1738
    Email: bookhabeeb@gmail.com
    Website: onelovegala.org
    FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/OneLoveCanada150

  • guyaneseonline  On 01/15/2019 at 7:28 am

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  • Norman  On 02/02/2019 at 9:26 am

    Participation in our democracy seems to be driven by the instant-gratification worlds of Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and the 24-hour news cycle. We’re using modern technology to revert to primitive kinds of human relations. The media knows what sells – conflict and division. It’s also quick and easy. All too often anger works better than answers; resentment better than reason; emotion trumps evidence. A sanctimonious, sneering one-liner, no matter how bogus, is seen as straight talk, while a calm, well-argued response is seen as canned and phoney. It reminds me of the old practical joke: Why do you take such an instant dislike to people? It saves a lot of time.
    What happened to factual, down-the-middle reporting? That’s hard to even define, between truth and lies, gets murkier every day. We can’t survive without a free press, dedicated to preserving that fine line and secure enough to follow the facts where they may lead. It means when you find a mountain to expose in one person or party, you have to pick a molehill on the other side and make it into a mountain to avoid being accused of bias. Folks from both sides of the 2 party system should look at the movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” They’ll learn how to live and let live.


    I heard this a few days ago and made it this headline
    It’s very applicable today with the poisons of all kin’
    The social network should be a place of sanity
    But all they crow, sow and preach is brutality
    Some are just out to make darn mischief and trouble
    With their smartphone drinking their double-double
    They should spend their time on other troubling issues
    Like the refugee problem, the homeless and child abuse
    I’m sure they are adept in their dog’s po-po sniffing
    In a home needing airing and a good shampooing
    The word hatred, rhymes with dead
    Indeed it has brought so much woe
    From the beginning of the get go
    Hatred and envy, friends of greedy
    From the very beginning, of the days of reckoning
    When Kane slew Abel, this I think was no fable
    Then Adam went and ate the forbidden fruit
    Since then man start eating leaves and root
    Some take away and some others demand
    Then they start to covet one another’s land
    There’s so much hate amongst men
    Who are so different from women
    If we had more women at the helm
    We would not have this problem
    But men deliberately do keep women
    From the top jobs only good for lichen
    Or so they think, cause they stink
    Or are they really very afraid
    She can be more than a maid
    And would be better, than their jet setter
    That she has better skill, and have more of a will
    To negotiate for peace, really mark her crease
    Where peace is the concern, and not leave us to burn
    Look at the history of war, at home and very far
    Men’s choices suck in every clime
    They screwed everyone all the time
    War driven stubborn and very mulish
    Peace is something they don’t relish
    The men at the top have failed mankind
    They have to be a woman they can find
    To right the wrongs of the world
    And let sanity for once unfurled
    In this so-called modern world generation
    Only a few centuries ago of emancipation
    When the Pilgrims came and set up house over here
    In North America being kicked out from over there
    Giving them with the Indians their first Thanksgiving
    Then putting the blacks into slavery and the rest is history
    They were white saw nothing wrong with black slavery
    Like the Indian slavery, they herded them into the reservation
    It was really Apartheid but then it was called Segregation
    Yes these are the folks who once owned slavery
    These are the same people managing the 2 party
    They are the corroded containers of hatred
    And you naively thought slavery was dead
    Think again the Democrats hate every Republican
    The blacks still hate the whites opposing as they can
    The politics reveal dumb contentions over every triviality
    And the poor taxpayer suffers alongside very senselessly.
    Let’s examine the truth of this dictum
    And really make sure it’s not so dumb
    The latest Baby Boomer generation was a failure
    Kids with weakness and a stubborn streak of anger
    They gave us drugs and a laissez-faire attitude
    Their kids were fat and pompous and darn rude
    The containers of corrosion of every city
    Since then our society has lost its sanity
    Our politicians’ behaviours went down the drain
    Our men and women argue as if they have no brain
    The global nicety has gone and we’re only warring
    We’ve become nations at times fighting over nothing
    Kids leave their homes in their teens as they lie so sly
    Would sleep on the pave waiting for their parents to die
    These are the last remnants of our corroded containers
    Our present-day politicians, civil servants and lawyers
    No wonder the world is in such a very sad state
    Its because we’ve not eradicated the darn hate
    We’re still struggling to draw a line of demarcation
    As we continue to suffocate our mental regurgitation.

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