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Our Residing Monks

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The Master Khamchom Keomany

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Ven. Phaeng Bounsavanh

Ven. Bounma Sengchanh

 

Our Elected Board Members

2020 to 2022

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FRONT ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT)

Ounheuane Bouttarath - Mechanic

Khamvong Sivongsay - 1st Vice President

Vatthana Thongmanivong - Assistant to Woman Affairs

Daolay Sivongsay - Chief Woman Affairs

Vilaysith Sanoubane - President

Khamphanh Khamphilavong - Assistant to Woman Affairs

Douangmala Southammavong - Assistant to Woman Affairs

Latvi (Chaiboon) Nguyen - Maintenance 

Daongeun Siharath - Assistant to Finance Officer

BACK ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT)

Bounthone Sihamaya - Assistant to Wat Property

Vixiane Phongsavath - Advisor

Phinith Pathoumthong - Entertainment

Peune Bannasingthong - 2nd Vice President

Symongkout Aryavong - Master of Ceremony of Religious Rite

Vanpraseuth Sengsourigna - Chief Finance Officer

Somkiat Salabseng - Ceremony Coordinator

Boupha Simmalavong - Media and Decoration

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Malixay Mckenzie - Secretary and Culture

Siath Pasitkhammanh - Monk Welfare 

Hongkeo Nanthavong - Sport and Youth

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Manivanh Simmalavong - MC

Aneck Phongsavanh - Engineering

Oudone Sivongsay - Assistance to Woman Affair

and More

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WE ARE A COMMUNITY

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The name of the temple can be broken down as, "Wat" meaning temple in Laotian, "Lao" indicating the origin of the people and "Veluwanaram" being the name of the temple.

The monk council, together with members of the Laotian community, purchased the property in Caledon, Ontario in November 1997. From there, there were aspirations of creating a place of worship where the entire Laotian community could come together. The temple received its building permit in October 2003, and had their official opening ceremony on July 1st 2006.

The property in Caledon is a 73 acre lot that consists of the Sala that was completed on February 21st 2006 by the work of the volunteers that spent their weekends building this vision. Before the 3 years of construction, it took over 27 years of organizing and planning. This is the first Laotian Buddhist temple built in North America by traditional Laotian standards. 

This building is more than just a place of worship for the community. It is home to the monks that have been sponsored directly from Laos. The duty of the monks preside over the religious ceremonies at the temple and service the Laotian-Canadian community across the Greater Toronto Area.

The board members and volunteers have invested many years of time and dedication. They created this with visions of it being a public temple where people can perform meritorious acts, a temple that offers meditation services, and a way to keep the Laotian culture alive in Canada. 

 

The board members have hopes that many future generations of their own and others will be able enjoy the fruits of their labor. And continue to spread the high regards for harmony, culture, and dedication that Laotians believe in. 

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"There are no words to describe the tranquility and nirvana type serenity of this place. It has to be seen to be really appreciated."