Arbab Rustam Guiv and his wife Morvarid Khanum
The centre is known as the Mehraban Guiv Darbe Mehr Zoroastrian Temple and is named after Arbab Guiv's nephew, Mehraban Guiv, who passed away at a very young age. He was a florist by profession and it was known that his philanthropy knew no bounds; he was known to help everyone who he thought needed his help and assistance. The property is owned by a Trust known as the Rustom Guiv Foundation of Ontario (RGFO) and is leased in perpetuity for 999 years to the ZSO at a nominal sum of one cent a year. There are four (4) conditions which were stipulated by Arbab Guiv when he made the donation:
1. The name “Mehraban Guiv Darbe Mehr Zoroastrian Temple” must not be changed for any reason.
2. No gambling and no political meetings to be held on premises.
3. The place must be open to all Zoroastrians and their spouses, regardless of their faith, as long as they follow the rules posted by the ZSO.
4. Any request for a change to the property must be approved by the RGFO Board. The request will not be unreasonably denied by the Board.
It has served as the centre of the ZSO's activities since 1980.
The Mehraban Guiv Zoroastrian Temple is now a very busy center for the Fasli and Shahenshai Muktads, Gahambars, jashans, navjote and “sudreh pushin” ceremonies, weddings, post funeral prayers, as well as for youth sports, library, religion classes for children and adults and for the activities of the ZSO sponsored “First Zoroastrian – 100th Toronto Scout Group” meetings.
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