Nancy Campbell. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 6 October 2014 (CBNS)

Nancy Campbell was born in England in 1906. As a child, she immigrated to Canada with her parents. She grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and lived most of her life in that area. A woman of remarkably diverse talents, she was an accomplished dancer, artist, pianist and actress.Her first love, however, was dance, and she became well known and respected as a teacher of ballet. Her intellectual pursuits included study of various arts and religions. She was particularly interested in international and interracial affairs.

Rosemary and Emeric Sala. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 4 September 2014 (CBNS)

Emeric Sala was elected in 1948 as one of the first nine members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada (the national governing council). He was one of the first young people to join the Baha’i community in Montréal in the 1920s, contributing his considerable skills as a writer and teacher, and spending the last several decades of his life serving the Baha’i communities in Africa and Mexico.

(From left to right) Rita Izsak, the United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues; Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran; Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. © UN Photos/Jean-Marc Ferre and Paulo Filgueiras
Geneva, 4 September 2014 (BWNS)

Three high-level United Nations human rights experts today called on Iran to halt the ongoing destruction of a historic Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran, saying the action is an “unacceptable” violation of freedom of religion.

In a joint news release, Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, and Rita Izsak, the UN Independent Expert on minority issues, said they were “dismayed” at reports that demolition work had resumed in August.

Conference participants. © Association for Baha'i Studies
Toronto, Ontario, 25 August 2014 (CBNS)

The 38th annual Association for Baha’i Studies – North America conference (ABS), entitled “Scholarship and the Life of Society,” focused on scholarship and its potential to contribute to the life of society.

Lisa Dufraimont, Conference Program Co-Chair, said during the first evening of the conference that the ABS seeks to stimulate scholarship, and that the ultimate purpose of scholarship is to develop knowledge conducive to the development of the life of society.

Participants of the 2014 Quebec Summer School. © Jean-Paul Moss
St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, 21 August 2014 (CBNS)

More than 150 people from all parts of the province gathered at Camp Papillon in St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Lanaudière Region, to attend the Quebec summer school, which took place 13 to 17 August.

Youth delegates at the Interreligious Youth Preforum, Kaub, Germany. © Joe Matta
Toronto, Ontario, 19 August 2014 (CBNS)

From the 13th to the 16th of July, 19 youth delegates from around the world, with experience in grassroots social action, gathered in the picturesque town of Kaub, Germany to attend the Interreligious Youth Pre-forum (IYF). Over the course of six days, participants representing 18 different countries and six of the world’s major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Baha’i Faith, consulted about faith expressed in social action and how collaboration between faith groups can further the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

A group photo of Montréal conference facilitators and participants. © Lorraine Goh
Montréal, Quebec, 15 August 2014 (CBNS)

A series of videos, in which participants at a July youth conference held in Montréal share their reflections, is now available on the Building Community website:

Plans to build a sports and cultural complex over a Baha’i cemetery have resumed with concrete being poured into the site where the graves of Baha’is were excavated in order to lay the building foundation. Demolition of the cemetery, which began in late April, had temporarily stopped after the international media reported on the desecration and other governments expressed concern. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 11 August 2014 (CBNS)

“Paralyzed and devastated” were the two emotions most keenly felt by Sasha Eskandarian, member of the Baha’i Faith and resident of Mississauga, upon learning that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have resumed their demolition of a historic Baha’i cemetery in her home town of Shiraz, Iran. “All my relatives are from Shiraz, both of my parents and close friends. All of my deceased relatives and even my younger brother, who died before I was born, are buried there.”

Montreal conference participants sharing an artistic presentation. © Lorraine Goh
Montréal, Quebec, 31 July 2014 (CBNS)

Hundreds of youth gathered from 25 to 27 July in Montréal and Calgary to participate in two of the ten regional youth conferences to be held in Canada this summer, convened by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, their national governing council.

Siegfried Schopflocher. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 24 July 2014 (CBNS)

Siegfried (Fred) Schopflocher was born in Germany in 1877. He was brought up in an orthodox Jewish family but, after leaving school, became attracted to agnosticism and searched for a more universal expression of religion. Years later, after having permanently established himself in business in Canada, Mr. Schopflocher heard of the Baha’i Faith and, shortly thereafter, became a Baha’i.