FOUNDED in Persia in 1863, the Baha’i faith has a worldwide following of seven million people, including 150 members living in the City of Canning.
This month, the local Baha’i community officially opened the doors of its newly renovated community centre in Shelley.
Members of the Canning Baha’i community donated $15,000 of the $22,000 required to complete the renovations and the Baha’i Canning Local Spiritual Assembly provided $7250.
Community representative Behnam Kaveh said prior to the community leasing the building from the City in 2014, the Baha’i community had met in various halls and in members’ homes.
“With increasing membership and scope of its service activities to the wider public, the community needed a permanent venue of its own,” Mr Kaveh said.
Mr Kaveh said the centre, at 20 Aldam Crescent, used to be the site of the Shelley playgroup and many changes were needed to make the facility suitable for community use.
He said the centre had capacity for 60 people and was used for a variety of activities including meditation, yoga, devotional meetings, and social and multicultural events.
“We are a very multicultural community with members from many different races, backgrounds and walks of life celebrating our unity in diversity,” he said.
Mr Kaveh said 2017 was an important year for Baha’is because it marked 200 years since the birth of its founder in Persia (now Iran).