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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CRRF sponsors first-ever National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism in Canada

    The CRRF is a proud sponsor of the first-ever National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism hosted by the University of British Columbia.  The event will take place over two days beginning on June 10, 2021.  Join the National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism and contribute to these crucial discussions. Through open conversations with key figures in education, health care, media, the corporate world, the not-for-profit sector, and government, we’ll produce bold actions and key priorities to be implemented across the country. Participate in these discussions and help shape the fight against racism!


  • Saturday, June 05, 2021 1:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coffee Chat with International Zoroastrian Youth - Danny Master

     

    Never underestimate the power of one. If you have a calling to add value to your community, start right away. Permit yourself to begin, create, and collaborate with like-minded people to build on that idea if needed.” – Danny

     

    Can you please tell us about yourself? (brief background)

    I'm 33, and by the time I was 16, I had already lived in four countries. I spent most of my adult life in New Zealand with my family. Picked up a Commerce degree and a Post Grad Diploma in Management along the way, while working in the IT Sales sector. 4 years ago, I decided to move to London, UK, seeking adventure and growth. Turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life as I got married, sunk my teeth further into the IT industry, started a karate and fitness side-hustle, and collaboratively started a Zoroastrian angled podcast with a few close friends.

     

    You've lived in over 5 countries; Can you highlight some differences and similarities overall that you’ve experienced through your eventful journey?

    The Parsi cultural identity, which I'm far more familiar with than the Iranian Zoroastrian identity, is very distinct no matter which part of the world you're in. One of the wisest choices my parents made was to immerse our family of four in with the local Zoroastrian communities, be that in Bombay, Bahrain, Dubai or Auckland. Looking back on it, I think it was their way of giving my sister and myself a consistent community experience, no matter which part of the world we were in. That and Zoros know how to have fun.

    However, while we all smile and have fun the same way, how we communicate, resolve conflict, or get things done varies depending on which part of the world you're in. That's where you start seeing shades of the local area you're in. And because it's such a subconscious difference, almost no one can prepare you for it.

     

    Have you always wanted to get involved with the Zoroastrian community wherever you’ve lived?

    This is something I grew into. Community work can often be as intimidating as learning a new language - you want to say the right things the right way. It just started making sense for me to start somewhere over the last couple years, be comfortable making mistakes and learning from them, and trusting that what I had to say or so would be received in good faith and understanding.

     

    Why do you like to get involved, what drives you, and when did you start?

    Emulating one of my idols and Sensei, Mr. Adil Sarkari, who for the last 20+ years, has run a community focused dojo in Auckland NZ, I started offering Karate Classes to the Zoroastrian community in Central London early 2020, with the full support of the ZTFE. When the classes were unceremoniously discontinued at the time due to the initial Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, I realised that I enjoyed bringing people together and adding value to their physical and mental wellbeing. This has led me to continue sessions over Zoom, while also teaching and training newer students face-to-face as lockdown restrictions eased over the past few months.

    Concurrently, my new London friends and I also wanted to start having an open discussion about current and Zoroastrian-centric events/topics, which led to the collaborative creation of Zoroverse podcasts (Season 1 available on Youtube and Spotify).

     

    What are some of the challenges you’ve faced and how have you overcome them?

    Broadly, the organisational structure has been a challenge. If sub-committees are tasked with responsibilities, they should also be enabled with autonomy and authority.

     

    What are your plans/hopes for the future for the Zoroastrian community in the UK and globally?

    I hope to be part of a change in our community towards open-minded dialogue and mindsets, where the organisational structures are meritocratic.

     

    How would you encourage the youth to get involved and what programs would you suggest they could start with? Local volunteering, World Zoroastrian Youth Congress participation, etc.?

    Know yourself first. You are the most important person so focus on what you can contribute that also makes YOU grow. Is it a helping hand, skill, ability, or experience etc. Once you know what makes you happy and helps you grow, you can then start socialising with the community to identify like-minded people who you can respect, be friends with, and work with. Start small, be respectful, and keep asking questions.

     

    What advice would you give our youth in order to inspire them to serve the community in their respective countries?

    Never underestimate the power of one. If you have a calling to add value to your community, start right away. Permit yourself to begin, create, and collaborate with like-minded people to build on that idea if needed.

     

    Thank you, Danny, for your continued community service and for inspiring future leaders.

    We wish you all the best!

  • Saturday, June 05, 2021 1:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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  • Friday, June 04, 2021 1:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Perveen Diwanji,

    The OZCF Seniors Sub Committee invites you and your family to attend.

    AN INTERACTIVE FALL PREVENTION 

    FUN EVENING WITH

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    Stephanie has many years of experience in teaching/helping seniors to maintain their balance, autonomy and control in order to live happy independent lives.

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  • Sunday, May 16, 2021 9:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Zoroastrians In The Armed Forces

    The FEZANA Talks #21

    Join us to hear first-hand experiences and snapshots of life in the Canadian and U.S. military from Zoroastrians currently serving and retired. Our panelists are officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force and they will share their candid views on joining the military and serving their country today.

    LCDR Farrokh Kapadia

    Farrokh grew up in New Jersey, and was commissioned in the United States Navy after graduating from Georgia Tech in 2006. After completing initial training, he reported to the USS CHEYENNE for his first sea tour, during which he completed multiple deployments in the Pacific. He then transferred to Submarine Force Pacific before completing schooling and reporting to USS MARYLAND as the Weapons Officer in 2015. Upon completion of his Department Head tour, he was assigned to the Washington Navy Yard. LCDR Kapadia is currently serving as an Executive officer of a fast attack submarine.

    Major Darius Mirza

    Darius joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 2000 as a pilot. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston Ontario, where after 4 years he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following pilot training, Major Mirza was stationed in Trenton, Ontario and flew the C-17 Globemaster III for 2 years. He was then transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he flew the C130 Hercules for 5 years, supporting Search and Rescue operations across the prairies and Canadian Arctic. In 2015, he began work at 1 Canadian Air Division in the Operational Airworthiness Section, ensuring the safety of flight for all RCAF fleets. In 2019, Maj Mirza was once again transferred, this time to Greenwood, Nova Scotia, returning to the C-130 Hercules in the Search and Rescue role. Maj Mirza has been deployed to Afghanistan, and has travelled to countless nations around the world in support of RCAF operations. He continues to serve, living in Nova Scotia with his wife and son.

    Colonel Cainaz Vakharia

    Cainaz is in the United States Army, and she has 27 years of active-duty service. She was stationed in Germany, Turkey, and South Korea before transitioning to a specialization focused on South Asia. As part of her training, Cainaz learned Hindi and Urdu and attended the ten-month Defence Services Staff College in India. Her South Asia postings include Pakistan (defense cooperation), Bangladesh (Defense Attache), and India (Army Attache). Cainaz is currently serving at the State Department as a Military Advisor for South and Central Asia. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

    Kersas Dastur

    Kersas served in the United States Navy as a Naval Officer and Aviator. He flew helicopters shore based and aboard ships within the U.S. as well as overseas. He completed multiple deployments which involved traveling all over the world. He also qualified to drive ships. Duty stations included the U.S., Italy, and India. He graduated with degrees from the United States Naval Academy, the University of Redlands, the Naval War College, and the Defence Services Staff College(India). Kersas is also an FAA certified pilot and flight instructor. After transitioning out of the Navy, he piloted an EMS helicopter. Kersas currently works as a technical writer, and lives with his lovely wife and children in San Diego, CA.

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  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The FEZANA Ava Project Presents

     F A M I L Y   P A I N T   E V E N T

    On World Environment Day

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    Join us for a paint session with Parinaz Dastur and get educated on the importance of water and conservation.

    Materials Needed (can be found in dollar stores):  Canvas 9" X 12", Paper Plate 9" (paint palette), Paint Brushes, Knife set (optional to mix paints), Acrylic Paint Colours: Orange, Blue, Green, Black, White, Brown, Red (optional).
     
    Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
    Time: 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET

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    Meeting ID: 962 0682 2622
    Passcode: FEZANA

    To know more about the AVA Project & get involved visit:

    https://fezana.org/theavaproject/

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    N A M C

    NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies
    in association with the

    Catholic Theological Union of Chicago


    Is proud to announce:

    “An Introduction to Zoroastrianism”

    Faith, History, Modernity and Connections with Major Religions


    It is an online course starting on June 7, 2021.

    Direct link to register for the course (G1060S-1) https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/registration/

    NAMC offers to match up to 3 scholarships that North American Zoroastrian Associations would provide.

    Click to Register

  • Sunday, May 09, 2021 9:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Power of Mindfulness meditation Zoom event, which was held on May 2, 2021, by Delna Mistry, a professional meditation coach, can now be re-watched on our ZSO YouTube channel.

    Thank you to the ZSO Youth Committee for organizing this event.

  • Sunday, May 09, 2021 9:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The California Zoroastrian Center (CZC) announces the 2021 Drawing Contest Winners.


    9-10 age group:

    First place: Ms. Delna Surveyor from Tomball, TX

    Prize: $100 


    15-17 age group:

    First place: Ms. Sonia Fereidooni from Irvine, CA

    Prize: $100


    Honorable mention: Ms. Arnaz Irani from Sugarland, TX

    Prize: $50


    Due to the pandemic and slow flow of mail, please give about a month for the prizes to arrive in mail.


    Drawing-3 Contest will begin in June. Please look for the email and looking forward to your amazing works of art.


    Much appreciation,

    Artemis Javanshir

    Drawing Contest Organizer

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