Friday, May 25, 2018

Diyanet Edmonton Religious Society established to oversee fundraising for TCS Mosque

Building a $1.5 million Mosque is no easy task and TCS Board of Directors need all the help they can get to raise the necessary funds first and later to run the Mosque successfully.

In an attempt to set up an independent and transparent Mosque fundraising and administration process members from the Turkish Canadian community met in May and came up with the tentative name of "Diyanet Edmonton Religious Society".

A separate non-profit organization will be established. Serkan Sahin is elected as its founding President, along with Tugba Pastutmaz as Treasurer, and Selma Topal Ersoy as Secretary. Adnan Ozturk, and Nesrin Dundar will be the other Board Members for this newly established Society. Diyanet representative (currently our imam Mustafa Kuyuk) will also serve in the Board. DERS will take the necessary steps to apply for charitable status through the CRA as soon as possible.

The DERS team will take over the Ramadan event planning for 2018 and will kick off the official fundraising activities for the Mosque this summer.