Our Residing Monks
The Master Khamchom Keomany
Ven. Phaeng Bounsavanh
Ven. Bounma Sengchanh
Our Elected Board Members
2022 to 2024
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 - Sub-Committee
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 - Master of Ceremony for Religious Rite
Peune Bannasingthong - 2nd Vice President
Symongkout Aryavong - Sub-Committee
Vanpraseuth Sengsourigna - Chief Finance Officer
Somkiat Salabseng - Sub-Committee
Boupha Simmalavong - Media and Decoration
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Malixay Mckenzie - Secretary and Culture
Siath Pasitkhammanh - Monk Welfare
Manivanh Simmalavong - MC
Aneck Phongsavanh - Engineering
Oudone Sivongsay - Assistance to Woman Affair
WE ARE A COMMUNITY
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.
"There are no words to describe the tranquility and nirvana type serenity of this place. It has to be seen to be really appreciated."