VIDEO: Gordy Dodd’s 10th annual Peace Walk a beacon of hope, say community leaders

VIDEO: Gordy Dodd’s 10th annual Peace Walk a beacon of hope, say community leaders

Guru Nanak walk spreads message of equality, acceptance and peace

In the wake of two mass shootings in the U.S. in one weekend alone, the Gordy Dodd 10th annual Walk for Peace proved to just how relevant and necessary community gatherings can be.

“This is the antidote,” said Victoria Coun. Laurel Collins, acting as mayor at the yearly event. “It feels like, especially today, given the events south of the border, it such an important thing for us to come together as a community, prioritize peace and celebrate the diversity of our communities, and make sure that we are working to build inclusion and solidarity in our communities.”

READ ALSO: 9 killed in Ohio in second U.S. mass shooting within 24 hours

READ ALSO: 20 dead in El Paso shopping centre shooting, Texas governor says

Gordy Dodd, a well known Victoria philanthropist, community leader and owner of Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress said in the last decade the event has raised over $50,000 for the Victoria Hospice. The walk is inspired by Siri Guru Nana Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, who walked over 30,000 kilometres by foot to preach to people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and walks of life.

It’s Guru Nanak’s acceptance of all that pushed Dodd to start the event.

“You see the violence going on all over the world, it just happened in Texas…” he said. “A few people came to this world throughout history – Guru Nanak is one of them, he was born in Punjab in India, and he travelled 30,000 kilometres on his feet. And what he teaches about equality, about justice about multi-culturalism, multi-faith – is to understand each other…so that we can live together, we can work together, we don’t need violence.”

READ ALSO: Long days and giving back, revisiting Dodd’s 1977 start in the furniture biz

A number of other speakers shared messages with the crowd including Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor and Victoria Police Chief Del Manak.

The walk went through Beacon Hill Park and ended with a free lunch for participants.

Donations can still be made online at victoriahospice.org.



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Coaches with the Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey association have had to get creative during their weekly practices to keep players interested and improving their skills without physical contact. (Damian Kowalewich photo)
West Shore minor hockey coach shares what it’s like on the ice without parents, fans

Most practices consist of relay races, goalie shots and passing drills

The Songhees Wellness Centre is a symbol of First Nations strength in the region. Representatives of local First Nations will soon play a greater role in decision making and governance relating to the Capital Regional District. (Courtesy Royal Roads University)
Capital Regional District to add First Nations representatives to advisory committees

Board approves bylaw, looks forward to Indigenous input on future decisions

Central Saanich will investigate ways in which the municipality along with funding partners Sidney and North Saanich can financially support the Panorama Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media File)
Central Saanich to spell out options for financially supporting Panorama Recreation Centre

Municipality looks for best use of COVID-19 restart grant worth some $3.5 million

Willow, a kitten belonging to a Victoria family, was rescued by firefighters on Thursday after she got stuck in a basement drain pipe. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
Victoria kitten stuck in basement drain pipe rescued by firefighters

Willow the cat on the mend, owner feeling ‘enormous gratitude’

(Black Press Media file photo)
Blue-green algae bloom confirmed in Elk Lake, water-based activities not recommended

Blue-green algae can be lethal to dogs, cause health issues for humans

Justin Kripps of Summerland and his team have competed in Olympic action and World Cup competitions in bobsleigh. (Jason Ransom-Canadian Olympic Comittee).
QUIZ: Are you ready for some winter sports?

It’s cold outside, but there are plenty of recreation opportunities in the winter months

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage addresses the attendees while Tom Olsen, Managing Director of the Canadian Energy Centre, looks on at a press conference at SAIT in Calgary on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Fulmes
‘Morally and ethically wrong:’ Court to hear challenge to Alberta coal policy removal

At least 9 interveners will seek to join a rancher’s request for a judicial review of Alberta’s decision

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19: Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

Anita Anand said she understands and shares Canadians’ concerns about the drug company’s decision

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will harm struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

B.C. government would have to show evidence a travel ban is necessary

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

Everett Bumstead (centre) and his crew share a picture from a tree planting location in Sayward on Vancouver Island from when they were filming for ‘One Million Trees’ last year. Photo courtesy, Everett Bumstead.
The tree planting life on Vancouver Island features in new documentary

Everett Bumstead brings forth the technicalities, psychology and politics of the tree planting industry in his movie

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Most Read