Windsor Humanist Society

July 11, 2007

Sikhs turn hospital atrium into temple

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William Osler Health Centre Foundation’s Canadian Sikh Committee, in association with William Osler Health Centre (WOHC) and the Sikh community will be holding an Akhand Paath – the practice by Sikhs of the continuous recitation without any break of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh scripture, from beginning to end of its 1430 pages – Friday, July 13 through to Sunday, July 15 in the Atrium of the new Brampton Civic Hospital (BCH).

Doors open to the public beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and will remain open until after Sunday’s concluding ceremonies which begin at 11:00 a.m. Members of the media are encouraged to attend the opening session on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

The recitation or “Paath” will honour Brampton Civic Hospital. BCH, located at Bovaird Drive and Bramalea Road, will open the doors to its first patients on October 28, 2007. With over 1.2 million square feet of space, new regional programs and clinical improvements, BCH will provide outstanding care and services to a growing population.

The Akhand Paath ceremony lasts about 48 hours and is carried out by a team of readers, who read one at a time. It is anticipated that between 5,000 and 10,000 local residents may attend the ceremony over the three days.

“We were pleased to be able to accommodate the Sikh community’s request to hold an Akhand Paath at BCH”, said WOHC President and CEO Robert A. Richards. “We invite our entire community to come and experience this truly magnificent event. Osler strives to involve everyone in our community in the life and work of their hospital. Let us learn and celebrate together. We only ask that all attendees respect the traditions of the event by removing their shoes and wearing head coverings (scarves or bandanas) in the BCH Atrium, which will be provided.

Other events to celebrate the new hospital include an open house for the community later in the summer. Other religions or groups are welcome to request blessings in honour of the new hospital, as the Sikh community did. WOHC’s chaplain will also be coordinating a blessing for other denominations.

Those attending the Akhand Paath at any point over the three days are required to enter the hospital site from Sunny Meadow Boulevard, east of Bramalea Road, and park in the assigned area in the parking garage.
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…this post forwarded by a Windsor Humanist (Neil.Hod.) after a July 11, 2007 article by in The Brampton News

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