Catherine Blackburn

Around year 2000, Mr. Devan Nair, a well-known speaker on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, came back from Auroville. He had been invited for a two-week stay, visiting and giving talks. Upon his return, he met with our Toronto group and emphasised that we must help Auroville. I knew most people in Auroville International Canada office in Montreal, as i am originally from that city. So, I contacted the members of AVI Canada and over the years, I became the Ontario antenna. 
In 1971, I had been living in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for a few years. Auroville was just beginning then. With my department, we sometimes used to go for picnics in Auroville on Sunday afternoons. It was a barren land back then, but it already had a feeling of magic and wonder.
As an antenna, our work is mostly to answer questions from people, who want to know more about Auroville or want to settle there. We try to collect donations for specific projects. With the sale of the Matrimandir calendars we can make donation every year that goes to the Matrimandir. Canadians in Auroville are few, but they are a dynamic lot: let’s mention the first Canada Day event on July 1st, 2012, and the creation of the Inuksuk in the International one. I do not have the opportunity to visit often, but I feel connected by reading Auroville Today, La Revue d’Auroville, the news and notes and listening to the Auroville Radio. These are good communication tools. I especially like climbing to the Matrimandir it is like being in a dream and transported into the future. After all, it is the City of Dawn.

Courtesy: Auroville International, the worldwide network of Auroville Friends.

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