The One Love gala was inspired by Bob Marley’s song One Love!
In 2012, when diversity chaplaincy was under threat Chaplain Habeeb Alli was sitting distraught when he heard the One Love song playing. He thought to himself that there should be an event that celebrates chaplaincy work with those incarcerated while advocating for the continuation of this crucial service. The name ONE LOVE suited it perfectly as interfaith leaders and people from all walks of life joined together for an evening of much love!
This year the 8th Anniversary will be held on Saturday, February 29th at Elite Banquet Hall, 1850 Albion Road, Toronto with Keynote by Dr. Imam Hamid Slimi discussing the effects of diversity chaplaincy on inmates’ reformation.
Those incarcerated deserve a second chance in Canada. Forgiveness is a central teaching of many Faiths. Many individuals have passed the physical boundaries of prisons and have reintegrated into society successfully. Their stories inspire those who aspire to change. We must honor them in their journey. For many, these transformative years have renewed their faith and given them a chance to forgive. The One Love Gala is an opportunity for former inmates and chaplains to come together to celebrate the journey back to society. Despite struggles and challenges we remain unbroken!
We are letting the stories of diversity chaplains, successful inmates and interfaith communities serenade us with Five Awards – the Malcolm X Award to Ras Bryan Rouse for his long standing twenty years of Rastafarian Chaplaincy in Canada, Tayyibah Taylor Award to Kailey Oliver for her successful reintegration in Ottawa, Ghulam Sajan Award to Andrea Tabnor for her Unity BBQ in Jane and Finch, Toronto for the past ten years, Lyla Ali Award to Andrea Page for her podcast and advocacy for inmates with mental health and Carl Rayaz Jadunandan Award to Jordan Moyer for his successful reintegration in Edmonton!