This year, the Association celebrated the 800th birth anniversary of Mevlana Rumi, considered one of the greatest poets of all times, as UNESCO declared 2007 as the year of Rumi. Awards were given to the embassies of Turkey, where Rumi lived and died, and Iran as his poetry is in Persian. Both Iran and Turkey have held many events here in Canada to celebrate the life and contributions of Mevlana Rumi to Muslim thought and culture. UNESCO chose to honour Rumi this year because of his ability to bridge the barriers of culture and religion. Plaques and Keith Sandulak’s polar bear sculptures were presented to His Excellency Aydemir Erman, Ambassador of Turkey, and to Dr. Fazel Larijani, Cultural Attache for Iran.