Adam Giambrone speaks on Gulen Movement (Hizmet) – Fethullah Gulen

Adam Giambrone

Adam Giambrone (born March 8, 1977) is a Canadian politician who was a Toronto City Councillor, representing the southern of two Davenport wards. Elected at 26, he remained the youngest member of Toronto council after re-election. He is also a former president of the federal New Democratic Party. He was the 2008 recipient of Now Magazine’s “Best City Politician” award.

” The Hizmet Movement for me is the movement that has promoted interfaith dialog. It’s promoted cultural understanding between groups. … I think what they have done is opened up a culture, religion, and a country, specifically Turkey, to a lot of people. I think there’s a lot of value to that.”

” Mr. Gülen is a gentleman who I have a lot of respect for. And I think from what I’ve read and what I’ve heard when he’s spoken and his writings, he’s a man with a lot of integrity. He is, his life embodies the values that he has promoted, which I think are very important.”

” I also think that here in North America there are, there is traditionally less of an understanding of the Islamic culture, the Muslim contributions to the world culture, and I think the way the Hizmet Movement has been able to present Islam, it’s hard to do it uniformly ’cause it’s such a diverse religion with so many different parts, and obviously different manifestations of it in terms of different cultures and countries. But I think the Hizmet Movement here in a North American context does a very good job of welcoming people in, non-Muslims, and encouraging their understanding and appreciation of one of the world’s fundamental and very important religions.”

“… what the Hizmet Movement has done is it’s allowed, it’s made it easy for people, who want to have an understanding, who want to be part of different cultures… But it’s made it easy for them, and as a result, I think you have a lot more people who are willing to do that, and willing to participate in, and I think that’s fantastic, and I’ve seen this, when I’ve participated in events, or talked to people who have participated in events for the first time associated with the Hizmet Movement. You know, they’re, at the beginning you don’t know what, they don’t know what’s going to get in, but when you talk to them after, people are very, you know, very positive. In fact I’ve never talked to anybody who’s had a negative experience, and I think that speaks volumes to the contribution and to how it’s presented.”

Adam Giambrone – Bio

Adam Gambrione

Adam Giambrone continued his attempts to win the south Davenport seat on Toronto city council. When Silva left city council and was elected a federal Liberal Member of Parliament in Davenport in the 2004 federal election, Adam Giambrone became a leading candidate to replace him in the 2003 municipal election. With the endorsements of the Toronto Star, Now Magazine, Bloor West Villager newspapers and councillors Joe Pantalone and Fred Dominelli, Adam Giambrone defeated Ana Bailão, Silva’s former assistant, by a 51-40 margin in a field of six candidates.

As Vice-Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, he has helped develop solutions to Toronto’s garbage challenges, and promote recycling and organic collection. Adam Giambrone has worked with the Mayor to implement a multi-billion dollar road and water infrastructure upgrade program.

Toronto Council unanimously approved a September, 2007 motion to allow the Toronto Parking Authority to proceed with a plan to expropriate the Matador, a famed Toronto music hall and cultural landmark. After considerable media attention, an organised group of citizens, including noted author Michael Ondaatje and folk singer Sylvia Tyson, lobbied Adam Giambrone to successfully reverse the expropriation.

On May 7, 2009, Giambrone sent an email from his mobile phone, warning fellow councillor Cesar Palacio to “stop messing in my ward” or face “problems”. Adam Giambrone apologized for the “hastily composed” email when Palacio distributed copies to local media.

Shortly after taking office, Adam Giambrone was appointed as a commissioner of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Adam Giambrone also served along with Greater Toronto Area mayors and regional chairs on the board of Metrolinx from its inception in 2006 until 2009.

During the TTC workers’ wildcat strike on May 29, 2006, Adam Giambrone was prominent in the media representing the TTC’s position as commission chair Howard Moscoe was out of town. After being re-elected in the 2006 municipal election, taking almost 67% of the vote in his ward, Giambrone was elected as Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission on December 6, 2006.

Intercultural Dialogue Institute

Intercultural Dialogue Institute is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance social cohesion via(through) personal interaction by promoting respect and mutual understanding among people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue and partnership. Intercultural Dialogue Institute aims to promote enduring interfaith and intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue by sharing our differences and similarities in an effort to enhance civil society, to promote the development of human values, and to advance diversity and multiculturalism in the society. The Institute aims to eliminate or reduce false stereotypes, prejudices and unjustified fears through direct human communication. By this mission IDI aims to contribute to improvement of diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism throughout Canada. In this regard, IDI organizes social, educational and cultural activities such as lectures, seminars, conferences, discussion forums, luncheons, informative dinners, programs for students and youth, intercultural exchange trips, courses, outreach programs.

It was founded by Turkish Canadians inspired by the teachings and example of Fethullah Gulen. The Institute is not a religious or ethnic organization. It aims to facilitate dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion. It stands for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech.


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