Taiwan Soka Association Awarded for Community Contribution
On September 4, Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan presented Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) with its 17th Excellent Community Organization Award. TSA Vice General Director Chang Sheng-li accepted the award at the Civil Service Development Institute in Taipei. TSA was recognized for its longstanding grassroots activities to promote peace, culture and education. Among some 10,000 organizations, TSA is the only organization that has been granted the award for 17 consecutive years.
On September 10, TSA was also honored with the "Outstanding Religious Organization" award by the Ministry of the Interior for the 10th consecutive time. At the conferral ceremony, Executive Yuan President Chen Chun stated that TSA has made great contributions towards fostering harmony in the community and promoting social development.
Over the years, TSA has actively raised awareness on various social issues and promoted art appreciation. One regular initiative is the Soka Joy Summer Camp organized by TSA student members for elementary school children in remote mountain and island villages. In addition, it has organized a series of free art exhibitions titled "Tracing our Cultural Legacy: 100 Years of Art History in Taiwan."
[Adapted from the September 21, 2012, issue of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association; photo courtesy of SSA]