• James Armstrong and Carmen Marie Fabio

Islamic Cultural Centre opens its doors to the public


Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon (centre) and Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (right) were two of the many residents who attended the open house at the Vaudreuil-Dorion Islamic Cultural Centre.

A warm welcome, traditional hot mint tea, and a heavily laden sweet table greeted the many visitors that attended the open house event at the Islamic Cultural Center in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Sunday February 5.

The steady stream of guests included Federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Peter Schiefke, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Vaudreuil Marie-Claude Nichols, and Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon.

In an interview February 8, MNA Marie-Claude Nichols said that she had greatly enjoyed the event. “It wasn’t the first time that I have visited the centre,” she said. “It’s a community within Vaudreuil-Dorion that I work with like many others.” Nichols also reiterated the statements made by Québec Premier Philippe Couillard regarding the inclusion of Muslims and other minority groups in Québec society following the murder of six Muslim people at prayer in Québec City on Sunday, January 29.

For Mayor Pilon, it was also an event that emphasized meeting friends. “We have a really good relationship with our many cultural groups in Vaudreuil-Dorion,” said Pilon. He gave much credit to the “Je Suis” project that began 10 years ago. “It’s obvious that we have done the right thing,” he said noting that over 80 different cultural groups exist in the city and participate in the 200 to 300 cultural events that happen throughout the year. “A cultural event is a good excuse to get people together to talk,” he said.

“What a great experience that was. How nice and kind of the Muslim community to open their doors to us and help us understand who they are and what they are about,” said resident Louise Gauthier. Those in attendance were given tours of the mosque and presented with the opportunity to ask questions.

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