Healing Our Families

UN International Women’s Day – Healing our Family

Sunday 8 March 2015 – 2pm

City of Casey Council Chambers, Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia

The event began with vegetarian finger food and drinks provided by Tandoori Junction.

Pam Mamouney from The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints and Casey Interfaith Network, began proceedings with the housekeeping information.

Chairperson of WIN Foundation, Jessiee Kaur Singh addressed the gathering and invited each faith representative to say a short prayer. She read a message from the UN regarding International Women’s Day.

The prayers began with the Casey Council Prayer, which encompasses Multifaith elements and the Christian sentiments. It was read by Councilor Amanda Stapledon.

Each faith representative present then offered short prayers from their faiths.

Hindu (Saundaram)

Buddhist (Shirini)

Christian (Iland)

Jewish (Stephany)

Muslim (Zakia & Salina)

Zoroastrian (Dilnaz)

Sikh (Paramjeet)

Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints) (Pam)

Scientology (Jan)

Jessiee then called a Minute silence for all pain and anguish felt by all women globally and for Aunty Walda who is terminally ill.

Welcome to Country was done by Luke Gardiner from the Wurrundjeri people of Kulin Nations. Djarrin Blow, grand nephew of Aunty Walda and the late Reg Blow played the yidaki (didgeridoo).

All the children were then asked to head downstairs for story telling, arts & Crafts.

Dr. Nirmesh Jain – specialist ‘health’ consultant gave a power-point presenatation about the growing need for greater vigilance about keeping good health especially for women due to the onslaught of pollutants globally.

Jamel Singh, project officer of WIN then introduced the team of Dr. Jain and the steering work they are doing in health wellbeing. The gathering then took a brief break for Punjabi chai (spiced tea) while the forum was set up to discuss the important issue of violence within families.

What are the key elements needed to keeping the family together and well?

Communication / active listening


Security & Safety



Culture/keeping traditions


Sense of belonging

Time together – home, holidays, Camping, cooking, playing

Active listening

Praying and eating together

Peace of mind

TV electronic ban during meals

Validation of feelings & accomplishments

Cooking together

Respecting each other


No self-centeredness


Pray together – stay together.

Gratitude for each other

Service (sewa)

The key elements were:

If  only ‘family’ can ‘do things’ together after switching off TV and technology.

Have special celebrations as a family – Christmas, each community’s special days, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, Birthdays etc.

The children then came in and made presentations to their mothers of cards they had constructed. They also shared what family was to them:

The family is our heartbeat.

Mum is special

We play together

The gathering then accompanied them with a rendition about family.

Councilor Amanda did the closing address on behalf of Casey Council.

Acknowledgement of Djarin Blow and his family and Luke Gardiner. Acknowledgement of WIN and International Women’s Day.

Casey boasts four women councilors. Active in fostering inter-faith and inter-cultural harmony through various activities and gatherings.

The evening concluded with  a Multi-chant rendition by Dya Singh and his family accompanied by Djarrin Blow on the yidaki.

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