Siegfried Schopflocher (1877 – 1953)

This article is part of a series on a few historical figures in the Canadian Baha’i Community who were instrumental in the establishment and growth of the community in Canada. Over the course of this year, the Canadian Baha’i News Service will be posting one biography every month.

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.

In 1922, Mr. Schopflocher visited Haifa, the first of many journeys to the World Centre of the Baha’i Faith. His devotion to Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, was immediate and lasting. Shoghi Effendi entrusted him with specific assignments to carry out during several of his international tours.

Youth Conferences held in Halifax, Saskatoon and Victoria

A small group from south of “The Malahat,” B.C. studies together outside. © Anne Murray Toronto, Ontario, 17 July 2014 (CBNS) — Over the weekend of 11–13 July, the Bahá’í communities of Halifax, Saskatoon and Victoria hosted youth conferences to welcome more youth into a process that provides people of all ages with the opportunity to contribute to constructive social change and to build their capacity to serve their communities.

Baha’is commemorate martyrdom of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah

The Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. © Baha'i International Community Toronto, Ontario, 10 July 2014 (CBNS) — On July 9, members of the Baha’i Faith along with their friends and families commemorated the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bab. As one of the two founders of the Baha’i Faith, the events of the Bab’s life, whose name means “the Gate” in Arabic, are of special significance to Baha’is.

Angus Cowan (1914 – 1986)

This article is part of a series on a few historical figures in the Canadian Baha’i Community who were instrumental in the establishment and growth of the community in Canada. Over the course of this year, the Canadian Baha’i News Service will be posting one biography every month.

Angus Cowan. © Baha'i Community of Canada Toronto, Ontario, 30 June 2014 (CBNS) — Angus Cowan played a pivotal role in introducing the Baha’i Faith to Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. He shared the teachings of Baha’u’llah while traveling in Western Canada, and later served as a member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for the Americas, an advisory board that assists national communities in their development.

Quebec youth prepare for another youth conference in Montréal this summer

Young people from the West Island of Montréal who are keenly interested in the development of their neighbourhood. © Nima Fazilat Montréal, Quebec, 16 June 2014 (CBNS) — A small group of West Island, Montréal youth, the core of which was formed last summer during a conference, is excitedly preparing to have a similar experience this summer.