IDI Toronto have organized its 4th annual friendship dinner with the theme “Peaceful Coexistence & Cooperation of Civilizations in the ark of Toronto” at the Royal York Fairmont Hotel on the 8th of January, 2009.

The dinner have brought together many distinguished faces of Toronto such as MP John McKay, MPP Tony Ruprecht, Chief of Police William Bill Blair, university presidents, consuls of various countries, faith and community representatives and many others.

The Order of Canada awarded song writer and singer Loreena McKennit has also added joy and excitement to the night. The program of the night consisted of introductory videos of IDI Toronto, Fethullah Gulen and intercultural study trip to Turkey. Furthermore, performance of the whirling dervishes with poetry from Mawlana Jalaladduni Rumi and prize draw at the end were memorable instances from the night.

Two students from Nil Academy have recited a poem titled “We Dream a Ship” which marked the official kick-off of the Noah’s Pudding Campaign of 2009.