Self-improvement Must Continue Despite the Pandemic – BLIA Toronto Chapter Online Workshop

Life changed suddenly for the whole world when COVID-19 arrived, but BLIA Toronto Chapter continues to provide various activities for the needs of members by adopting new technology.


In order to improve the operational efficiency of all subchapters committees, BLIA Toronto Chapter held a “Subchapter Operations Online Workshop” on December 11, 2020. There was a total of 55 committee members from 20 subchapters who attended the workshop. The Secretariat of BLIA Toronto Chapter introduced the overhaul of the BLIA membership registration process that will be commencing in 2021. A new application process for new members, how to use e-transfer to pay membership fee, and other operational processes were discussed.


Holding an online workshop is a new experience for everyone. The Secretariat used PowerPoint slides and iMovie video clips to walk through these new processes to the committees so that the committees are able to easily understand and grasp the information being presented to them.


There was a Q&A session after every video/slide was presented. Committees took the opportunity to voice their questions and suggestions, to which the Secretariat listened and responded accordingly. The workshop was a success and achieved the Secretariat’s expected goal of active interaction/questions/suggestions among the committees on the practicality and efficiency of these new processes.


At the end of the workshop, The Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, Venerable Chueh Fan, encouraged everyone to cultivate institutional leadership and provide service to Fo Guang Shan members through Humanistic Buddhism.